Pre-Raphaelite curls have been called the “New Beach Wave” ever since this year’s Met Gala. While this luxurious, cascading style definitely fits the theme, these curls can easily be worn from day to night, fashion-forward event or not. For those who love this uber-romantic look, read on for all the inspo you need to recreate these curls at home!
What Is Pre-Raphaelite?
Pre-Raphaelite refers to a group of 19th-century artists who admired the sincerity and simplicity of works of art before Raphael. They believed that art should be as “real” as possible, and to be honest, this idea was not received well at the time.
In their painting and works, they would showcase unbound and natural texture, which at the time, was not considered acceptable outside of intimate settings or at home in the bedroom. Thus, this soft, glamorous, and ethereal aesthetic was born.
How to Get Pre-Raphaelite Curls
Stylists in salons have been making waves similar to this style for a long time. But the beauty of recreating this look at home comes with working with your natural texture.
If you have straight hair, opting for a braided or twisted “wet set” will get you closer to this curl pattern with half the iron work. Simply plaiting or wrapping your hair while damp before bed will create texture overnight while you sleep. Part of the appeal of this style is its “undone simplicity” so there is no need to aim for perfection. Once your hair has dried and set, brushing out bits and pieces will help create volume and bounce within your waves. If you need to, simply touch up the top sections of your hair with a curling or waving iron depending on the style you are aiming for.
Embrace (and Build) on Natural Texture
Pre-Raphaelite curls work extremely well for those with naturally curly, or even frizzy hair. Again, the point of this look is undone, honest simplicity. Embracing the natural texture you would have at the end of a long day, or when you wake up in the morning, is half the battle of this wave style.
Try utilizing the texture you already have but take a curling or waving iron to the areas that need a little definition. Aim for spots around the face, crown of the head, or a piece or two underneath. For this particular curl pattern, a wand or waving iron is your best option.
Make It Your Own
Pre-Raphaelite curls may have a technical definition, but you should always strive to make them your own. The best part about being inspired is putting your own personal twist on it.
Lizzo’s look at the Met Gala combined aspects of Pre-Raphaelite aesthetic with a 1920’s finger wave and brushed-out texture. Her interpretation of this style was not only stunning but uniquely her own. Always aim to put a spin on it. The goal is to have fun and embrace undone texture.
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