French Girls Swear By This $23 Amazon Tool for Perfect Waves in Under 3 Minutes


(Image credit: @sabinasocol)

I don't know about you, but I just don't have the time, patience, or arm strength to conquer a super-complicated or time-intensive hairstyle each morning. In an effort to minimize damage and maintenance, I've been on a bit of an air-drying streak, and when I do choose to style my hair, I want something that looks amazing (obviously), but that's pretty noncommittal in terms of effort, product requirements, and styling prowess. 

In a recent Instagram post, one of our favorite French fashion and beauty muses Sabina Socol shared some thoughts on her current hair routine and the style that apparently earned her lots of styling questions and compliments during NYFW. Now that she's been spending more time at home, she wanted to take the opportunity to do a little tutorial showcasing the fast, easy-breezy process for creating her signature mermaid-esque waves. The best part? You only need a few strategic products to try the look out for yourself, and the star of the show (a throwback hair-waver) is only $23 on Amazon. Keep scrolling! We're breaking down Socol's Instagram how-to for you below. 

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Step 1: Use a Hot Air Brush to Straighten Your Hair

Step 2: Use a Straightener to Amp Up the Shine 

Step 3: Create Your Waves

Step 4: Spritz in Some Hair Texturizer

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Looking for more French-girl beauty staples to experiment with? Keep scrolling for additional hair, makeup, and skincare products Socol loves to use within her beauty routine. 

Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.