Hi everyone! I have a very simple hair tutorial for you today that was requested by a reader who wanted to know how I curl my hair. This is one of my favorite ways to wear my hair because it's quick and simple and makes my hair look instantly "done"!
The before picture is what my hair looks like after I blow dry it. I like lots of volume because my hair is very heavy and can look flat at times. So normally when blow drying, I like to flip my head sideways or upside down. When I'm done blow drying, I will clip it up in a "poof" (like I have below) to create even more volume on the crown of my head. Let your hair stay clipped for about 15 minutes while the volume sets in, and you can do something else (like your makeup) during that time so you're not just sitting there waiting.
The Conair curling iron I'm using below is 1.25" in diameter. You can use smaller or bigger curling irons, it doesn't really matter and it's your personal preference. If you'd like to see what size waves other diameter curling irons produce, see this post for hair curled with .75" diameter & see this post for hair curled with 1.5" diameter. I also prefer to wrap my hair around the curling iron opposed to using the clamp. Using the clamp will give you uniform curly ringlets instead of soft messy waves.
I have to say I have been using my cheapie Conair curling iron for years and it's as good as any expensive curling iron. A few months ago, I was at the mall and a SA at the kiosk suckered me into buying a $150 clamp-less curling iron. He really pressured me into buying the thing and I told him I'd buy it under one condition: if I can return it in case I didn't love it. Surprisingly he agreed to it even though they have a no return policy. I went home and played with my new clamp-less curling iron and actually noticed no difference between the expensive one and my cheapie Conair curling iron. I'm so glad I made the SA (might have been a manager?) agree to allowing me to return the curling iron or else I'd have wasted $150! So ladies, don't let those kiosk people play you for a fool.
- Grab 1-2 inch sections of hair and wrap around the curling iron in the direction away from the face (this is most important for hair around the face and bangs).
- When holding handle, point tip of the iron towards the floor.
- Wrap your hair in a graduated spiral so your hair doesn't overlap, allowing for even distribution of heat.
- I leave my hair wound around the iron for about 10-15 seconds, but that is really up to you depending on the texture and thickness of your own hair.
I also don't use any type of heat protectant or styling products in my hair in case you're wondering. I like my hair to feel really clean and don't like products in it. I also feel like styling products weigh my hair down--even the ones that say weight less, non-greasy or oil free. Luckily, my hair will hold the curls throughout the day without hair spray.
This is what your hair should look like when you are done. If not, that is okay too. ;)
Let me know if you have any questions!
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