Brittany Gault stood behind her salon chair, combing her fingers through Brittney Kidd’s blond locks. Beside her station at Island Day Spa, Gault had assembled an arsenal of tools — brushes and combs, curling irons and new-age crimpers — all for one goal, creating some killer curls.

“You know, before they had curling irons, they would use actual irons and put them in the fire,” Gault says, raising her eyebrows. “Imagine how badly those burns hurt.”

Thankfully, beauty techniques have come a long way since those days. And a slew of innovative gadgets have allowed for a cascade of curls for all occasions.

“You have your beach waves, which are still very much in right now. Then, you have pin curls which is an old Hollywood style,” Gault says. “And of course, you have the new version of the crimp from the 80s and 90s, but it’s a looser wave now.”

Kidd agreed to let Gault create the various styles with her hair, showcasing the versatility of the beloved curl.

The Beach Wave

A style that’s always welcome in the Golden Isles, the wave works for just about any length of hair, from bobs to long, layered locks.

To begin, Gault grabs her go-to Moroccan Oil Heat Protector and a one-inch curling iron (Gault likes the Bablestic brand), set to 450 degrees.

“You want to start with clean hair. Use shampoo and conditioner that are sulfate-free and your curls will last longer,” she offers.

Step One: Part the hair in your preferred way. Clip hair into three or four sections. Beginning at the front, take a two-inch piece of hair.

Step Two: Clamp the section about an inch from the scalp and roll away from the face. Stop about two inches from the end. Hold for five seconds and release.

Step Three: To create versatility, move the curls in alternating directions.

Do the same throughout the hair.

Step Four: Allow the curls to set and cool for a minute or two. Tousle the curls with your fingers and finish with a texturizing product.

The Pin Curl

This technique is one that Rita Hayworth or Marilyn Monroe would recognize. For this glammed-up do, you’ll need a three-inch curling iron, clips to section hair, bobby pins, and hairspray. You might also need to pack a little patience, because this one takes a tad more effort. But Gault says it can be easily tackled with a little bit of practice.

Step One: Clip hair into sections, drawing the front two sides away so that the back is accessible. Holding the iron horizontally, curl a two-inch piece of hair, moving the iron all the way to the bottom of the strand and curling upward. Hold for five seconds and remove the iron. Wrap the hair around two fingers, keeping it in a loop. Pin the curl to the head from both sides.

Step Two: Continue with that method, moving around the back of the head and then to the sides. The result is a bit of a bubble-head look — but don’t sweat it, it’s temporary.

Step Three: Once the entire head is filled with pinned loops, allow the curls to set. It should take about five minutes or longer. In fact, Gault suggests doing your makeup while waiting for the curls to take shape and cool completely.

Step Four: Gently starting with the first pinned curls, begin removing the pins from the hair. This will create bouncy ringlets all around the head.

Step Five: Use the fingers to loosen up the curls and spray with a strong hairspray — Gault favors the Big Sexy product line for this.

When children of the 80s hear the word “crimp,” it often conjures up memories of burnt, frazzled tresses that never quite returned to their pre-crimp state. Never fear though, the latest tools offer a twist on the old idea, producing a much softer — less crispy — modern style. Gault says the Beach Waver tool offers a fool-proof way to create this look. The contraption features three metal irons encased in plastic, which is reminiscent of the traditional “crimper.”

“This is really great to do if you have second-day curls. You’ll already have some texture there and you can just run the Waver through the hair to give it a different look,” Gault says. “It looks very natural, but also polished.”

Step One: Heat the Beach Waver to about 350 degrees. Part the hair as preferred — middle or side.

Step Two: Holding the Waver horizontally, take two- inch sections from around the front of the face. Clamp the hair closest to the scalp and hold for five seconds. Move midway down the strand and clamp for five seconds. It should produce three distinct waves along each section.

Step Three: Continue with this movement until the entire head is completely crinkled. The more hair used, the larger the wave. For smaller waves, stick to smaller sections.

Step Four: When finished, allow to cool, then use a texture spray or oil to smooth.

The Modern Crimp

When children of the 80s hear the word “crimp,” it often conjures up memories of burnt, frazzled tresses that never quite returned to their pre-crimp state. Never fear though, the latest tools offer a twist on the old idea, producing a much softer — less crispy — modern style. Gault says the Beach Waver tool offers a fool-proof way to create this look. The contraption features three metal irons encased in plastic, which is reminiscent of the traditional “crimper.”

“This is really great to do if you have second-day curls. You’ll already have some texture there and you can just run the Waver through the hair to give it a different look,” Gault says. “It looks very natural, but also polished.”

Step One: Heat the Beach Waver to about 350 degrees. Part the hair as preferred — middle or side.

Step Two: Holding the Waver horizontally, take two- inch sections from around the front of the face. Clamp the hair closest to the scalp and hold for five seconds. Move midway down the strand and clamp for five seconds. It should produce three distinct waves along each section.

Step Three: Continue with this movement until the entire head is completely crinkled. The more hair used, the larger the wave. For smaller waves, stick to smaller sections.

Step Four: When finished, allow to cool, then use a texture spray or oil to smooth.