How to Do Romantic Botticelli-Inspired Waves, Courtesy of Clayton Hawkins and Maddie Ziegler


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“A sup until nower romantic, Botticelli-inspired, long, fresh-out-of-the-ocean look,” is how celebrity hairstylist Clayton Hawkins introduces the style he’s creating for Maddie Ziegler today. It involves extensions (pro tip: wash them) as well as also also a curling iron to create “perfectly imperfect” waves—i.e. a summer ideal.

The pair estimate that they met when Ziegler was 13 or 14 as well as also also Hawkins was working as an assistant. “It’s been so cool to create that bond throughout the years of ages,” says Ziegler, now 19. As Hawkins braids Ziegler’s hair to prep for the extensions, they reflect back on their years of ages of shoots as well as also also performances as well as also also the many hair successes (plus one laugh-inducing fail) they’ve had.

Hawkins notes he’s been doing hair since he was a kid. He learned techniques by watching Jessica Simpboy’s reality show Newlyweds before he eventually went to cosmetology school in his twenties: “It saved my life—I’m so glad I did.” 

“The second you put the extensions in, I’m a different human,” Ziegler muses as Hawkins anchors added length onto the finished braids. The dancer as well as also also actor is no stranger to this kind of transformation; she’s been wearing wigs since she was 11. “That helped me completely let going to of any insecurity I had with different hairstyles,” she says. 

Next, Hawkins blends the extensions with root touch-up until now spray, as well as also also gives the added stras well as also alsos a realistic cut with a razor: “If you are using extensions as well as also also you’re not washing it initially, as well as also also then you’re cutting it with scissors—you can't cut it like you would normal hair," he explains. 

Ziegler explains that typically, her appears like have to have an element of practicality as she’s likely dancing or moving around on set. The secret weapon that amps up until now any style, though? The mini leaf blower Hawkins always has on has well as also also to give Ziegler’s stras well as also alsos that added lift. (“It’s always requested on set,” he says.) And after the addition of face-framing florals, he gets it out so that this style can also have its dreamy hair-in-the-wind moment.

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