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I know they aren’t the clearest photos but holy crap can you believe I got to watch the Victorias Secret Fashion Show?! It feels like a dream that I was actually there! It was sooo amazing and all the performances were UNREAL. And of course the models and their hair, bodies, face, tans, EVERYTHING were perfection. They are like a different species. Going backstage beforehand was so fun but also SO nerve-racking. I was there to cover hair with ghd so before I took any photos or talked to any models I made sure I got the full hair how to and had all the info I needed to do a spot on recreation hair tutorial! Which I have posted below – it is literally exactly what they did on the models. Of course depending on length, color, etc it will look a tad different person to person but the technique, products, and hot tools are the exact same! But then I did go talk to some models and YOU GUYS …. it was so scary haha! I went to go talk to Alessandra first and I had a few questions from the comments you guys left on my IG that I was going to ask her and suddenly words were coming out of my mouth (literal word vomit!) and I didn’t even know what I was saying? I still am not sure what I asked hahah. But then I gave myself a .2 second pep talk and snapped out of my ridiculous fan girl mode. It is just crazy because they really are all so pretty.

The hot tools they used are literally the key to the look – one of the wands made by ghd is shaped like an oval and it is set to 365 degrees and stays at the temperature the entire time so it gives you super even curls and the best bouncy waves you will ever see. They also used the ghd classic wand which is a 1 inch iron. It also has the same tri zone technology which helps hold the curls in place all day, they didn’t even use an ounce of hairspray on any of the girls.

I am also so excited because ghd is offering all of you guys 20% off your entire order from now through 12/25 with code ghdBFB ! Which is huge because they are 100%, hands down, the best hot tools you will ever use. I promise you! I have used ghd for a lonnng time and since I got a new straightener in London I sent my old one to my mom and she has called me twice to thank me because she is obsessed – and she has a crazy mane so for her to be THAT excited about a straightener is a big deal, haha. So watch the video below and see the how to and you guys can see how to use the hot tools!

PS want to know a fat secret? ALL the models wore extensions! They had a full table of clip in extensions with the girls names on their pack – so yes Lily, Candice, Alessandra, Adriana – they were all wearing extensions 🙂 and some of them weren’t even allowed to be photographed until they had them put in! Just a little dirty secret I learned. Here are a few other secrets the girls told me I wish I had more time to chat with them!

Doutzen: (she had a baby a few months ago) her best advice for getting back in shape post baby is 1. be in shape BEFORE the baby and live a healthy lifestyle beforehand. 2. she said she does ballet and boxing. 3. genetics. – lol and that was the answer for a lot of questions so don’t feel too bad.

Adriana: her advice for keeping a work out plan while traveling is to bring a jump rope – she said she jumps rope in all of her hotel rooms. if she isn’t traveling she likes to box. she also said she lives a balanced life – she meditates, eats very healthy, and works out daily.

Alessandra: when I asked her how she styles her hair at home she said she doesn’t.. she gets her hair done so much for shoots that she just lets it air dry and goes with it.

*Also most of the girls do laser hair removal and that is how they keep their skin smooth and bump free.

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  1. This is so wonderful, thank you!!! Which wand would you recommend for the most versatile use?

  2. Amber! I have been scouring stores and VS online and they’ve discontinued all their mousses’ ! Would you recommend another great mousse for me please? Thank you!!

  3. Hey! Love the tutorial!! We’re you using a curling iron for the first part or a wand? I’ve never used a wand before but I want to give this a try!!

  4. Photos are gorgeous! Glad you enjoyed fashion show, lucky girl 🙂 Your hair is unbelievably gorgeous, much nicer than VS models hair 🙂
    Have a nice day!

  5. I watched the fashion show the other day and totally thought of you. You’re so lucky you got to go.

  6. ok i can’t find that orange brush you are using anywhere! i think you said it was GHD somewhere??? help!

  7. Thank you so much for taking the time to share these tips with us! Awesome post and tutorial!

  8. Hi! I am looking at purchasing one or both of the wands. How would you prioritize the two (if I bought just one, which would you suggest)? Have you tried the soft waves curl wand as well (the 1 and 1/4th inch)? Also, in the video (which I loved–the best tutorial on VS hair that exists), I am pretty certain you said the oval wand that was used was 1 and 1/4 inch, but it appears that the only option on the website is 1 and 1/2. Is the 1 1/4th sold out perhaps? I just want to be sure to purchase the one you loved, if I buy that one.

    THANK YOU! I love your blog.

  9. Why are you so secretive about answering camera questions? I’ve seen quite a few people ask what camera do you and your husband use? And you never answer. We’re all curious to know

    1. I am most definitely not secretive about it! I have answered dozens of times on Instagram, twitter, etc. I might not have time to respond to every comment right away because I have a baby, job, and we are preparing to move thousands of miles away. I use a 5d Mark III.

  10. Soooooo awesome! And just so you know, you are equally as gorgeous as any of those models! I’m surprised they didn’t recruit you when you were out there 😉

  11. I love your blog! it’s so genuine. It’s not like all of the other fashion blogs where the girl seems totally unrelatable. Don’t change, keep being genuine 🙂 xx

  12. I cannot tell you how excited I am to learn these simple VS tricks! Thank you for explaining each step so I can replicate them on myself and pretend to walk the runway

  13. This is SO amazing! Attending the VS fashion show would be my ultimate dream come true (besides walking in it of course, haha). Thank you so much for sharing your experience and of course your tips!!!

  14. Hey Amber!!! Really love this post and have to ask what foundation you’re wearing? It’s flawless and I’ve been searching everywhere for a great foundation! Thanks!

  15. woow. thank you so much for all of this!!! i can` belive that you were there, you lucky girl :)))

  16. OMG ITS ED WESTICK FROM GOSSIP GIRL IN THE AUDIENCE !!!!! 😀 in the front in grey! hihi

  17. You are seriously living the dream girl!! I am so jealous (in a good way!) and happy for you at the same time!!! I love your blog, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you 🙂 Love the tutorial as well!

    Blonde with a Chanse

  18. so jealous of your INCREDIBLE experience! I would’ve died to be there! the hair tutorial is great and so are you amber!

    xoxo hails.

  19. How they didn’t recruit you for next year’s show while you were there….I’ll NEVER know.
    Also – your beachy waves look looks JUST as good as the VS hair. AMAZING!

  20. You’re keeping us busy with tutorials this week! I’ve already tried out the last two. I’m wearing a dutch fishtail (all the way down) right now! Thanks for the inspiration, I was getting so bored with my hair before this week.