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How to Get Lana Del Rey's Sideswept Waves

An update on 1950s glam.

Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube -- a search for "makeup tutorial" and "hair tutorial" yields more than 5 million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what's best.

Battles to tame my unruly locks have lasted nearly two decades -- ever since 5th grade, when my pin-straight hair began to take on the coarse and curly texture of my mother's. Beach waves are an easy, go-to style for summer, but when fall rolls around, salt-kissed locks can start to look dry and damaged. That's when I try out more structured hairstyles to reign in my wild mane. I always thought sleek, sideswept waves would be unattainable. They just look so... pristine. But Dieu Linh dispelled my fears in the tutorial below, showing how to realistically create this retro hairstyle made famous by Lana Del Rey. It was easy to follow for someone like me, who rarely busts out corded hair tools.

She suggests starting with hair that has been freshly washed and blow-dried, although her hair in the video was washed the day before. Personally, I find one or two-day old hair to be the best for holding a hairstyle without a lot of product. She uses hot rollers in the tutorial, but suggested to commenters who thought the hairstyle might not hold to replace the hot rollers with a curling wand.

So with August officially ending and summertime sadness creeping in (sorry, couldn't help it), welcome fall with these Lana-inspired locks. 

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