Ekin-Su’s modern take on crimped hair stole the Love Island crown – how to get the look

Another summer of Love Island is over, with last night’s finale seeing dramatic power couple Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and Davide Sanclimenti take the 2022 crown. But to be honest with you, we think Ekin’s incredible hair also stole the show as well as the public’s hearts.

The 27 year old’s go-to hairstyle throughout this season of Love Island has been a sleek and bouncy blow dry, with many viewers taking to Twitter to gush over her glossy lengths.

However, keeping us on our toes as always, she changed things up completely for the live final with deep undone S-shaped waves. The look feels like a modern take on crimping – much softer and with wider waves than the original deal back in the nineties.

Hairdresser Ryan Steedman, artistic director at Adam Reed London, was the man behind Ekin’s hair for the grand finale. And while he hasn’t confirmed the exact tools used on the bombshell for her perfectly waved hair, some kind of wand or waver tool was clearly involved.

As per usual, Twitter was ablaze with comments praising our eventual winner’s hairstyle. "I’m gonna need Ekin-Su to drop a hair tutorial for these amazing tousled waves," one wrote during the final.

A second agreed, "Ekin-Su’s hair looks amazing, she looks like a mermaid, so stunning," while a third tweeted, “Ekin-Su looks beautiful!!! Hair is unreal”.

To recreate the look yourself, try a tool like Revamp Progloss Deep Waver, £49.99 here, or Beauty Works Waver, £52.45 here – or you can use a regular wand if you’re a dab hand.

Celebrity hairdresser Carl Bembridge, whose clients include past Islanders Maura Higgins and Molly-Mae Hague, previously shared his top wave-making tips with OK! to help you master the look.

"Section by section, start clamping the hair from root to tip, with each new clamped section starting at the bottom of your previous section,” he advises. “This will get you a really flawless, uniform wave."

If you need us, we’ll be over here counting down the days until Winter Love Island 2023.


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