I absolutely love curling my hair! I think it's feminine, graceful, alluring and totally sophisticated. I usually end up going straight for everyday hair, but I think curling your hair gives that special occasion feeling. There are a few tricks I've picked up along the way for curling your hair and I'd love to share them with you! So keep on reading for some awesome tips for curling your hair!
1. Clean Hair
You want to start out with clean hair in order to get a great curl. I've always heard it said that you want dirty hair to get a good hold but that's not really true. Greasy, oily hair won't hold a curl like clean hair will. So make sure your hair is clean before you start curling it. If you need a little oil in your hair to keep it from being wispy, second day hair is usually still clean enough to hold a curl without being fly-away.
2. Hot Rollers
I've used just about every curling iron and every type of hot rollers out there and I have to say I can't recommend one over the other. It totally depends on your mood and what type of curl you're going for as to which you should use. Short hair does best with a curling iron, long hair can do either. Thick hair does better with hot rollers because you can fit more hair onto a roller and you can leave them in your hair longer for a better curl. Rollers can also give you more volume than a curling iron. But curling irons can often be faster to use then a set of rollers.
If you want a lot of body to your hair, curling it will definitely give you extra body! But for even MORE body, tease your hair after you curl it. Be gentle, you don't want to wreck the ends of your hair, but if you tease the roots, you'll get a great lift and a fantastic big sexy hair style! Don't be afraid to overdo it, just do be careful when you start combing it out.
Layers are an absolute must for getting a good curl that will hold all day. Don't get me wrong, you can still curl your hair if you don't have any layers but it will probably fall out by the end of the day. The weight of your hair will pull it out. Ask your stylist to five you some layers all over your head for bouncy curls that will last all day AND all night. Hey, a girl's gotta party!
5. Type of Curl
Keep in mind there are many different types of curls. There are waves, there are tight curls, there are curls only on the ends, there are banana curls....many different types to choose from. If you only want the ends curled, start at the bottom of your hair and roll it all the way up to the scalp. If you want a curl that starts from the scalp, start about mid-shaft and gently pull the hair up as you go. The size of your curl will depend on the size barrel on your curling iron. Smaller barrels make smaller curls and vice versa. If you crave waves, use a large barrel and curl large sections of your hair then shake it out.
If you want your curl to last any amount of time at all, you will need to use some product. I like to apply mousse and volumizing spray to my wet hair and allow it to dry. Then I spray heat protectant all over each piece of my hair and sometimes I then use a curl spray. It just depends on how long I need my look to last for. I always end with a spritz of hairspray for all day hold. Find products that are designed for your hair type and the look you are going for and go from there!
What kind of style are you going for? If you plan to leave your hair down you need to take a little extra attention and time and make sure your curls are perfect. When you put your hair up, it doesn't fall out as easily so you don't have to be as picky with the curls. Never brush your curls out. Always use your fingers or a pick, and wait until they are completely cooled down before you touch them. This gives them a chance to set. Remember that as the day wears on, your curls will fall out a little, so start out with small curls and by evening you'll end up with larger ringlets.
If you have naturally wavy or curly hair, bravo! It will be easier for your to curl your hair and your style will probably last longer. But you probably have a battle with humidity everyday. If this is the case, curling your hair on a humid day may prove fatal! But.......there IS something you can do! Apply a smoothing serum to your hair and straighten it after it's dry. From there, you can curl it. Straightening your hair smoothes down the cuticle, and the smoothing serum will lock in that frizz fighting power so your curls will be shiny and non-frizzy!
You should have the knowledge to curl your hair in a beautiful way any time you feel like it! It's a woman's prerogative to curl here hair whenever she feels like it and now you know how to do a perfect job of it! Was this article helpful to you at all? Please comment below and let me know!
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