Before I jump into this post I have to tell you… I’m cutting my hair on friday!! EEEEEK! I’m freaking out just a little bit. My hair is so incredibly damaged. It all started after the unnamed hairdresser fried my hair when transitioning back blonde from ombre. Ripping out all the tiny clear elastics from the hundreds of photos I took for my hair book didn’t help either but the main source of it’s destruction has been the lack of trims. I just felt like because of this or that I couldn’t afford to loose any length and I kept promising my hair dresser I’d trim it later. Well, now it’s insanely damaged and I just need a fresh start. I’m a little excited, hopefully I can find some hairstyles for short hair! Okay and I guess collar bone isn’t short… it’s medium length. But it’s SHORT to me!! Wish me luck friends. AND TRIM YOUR HAIR! Okay okay, back to business.
I’ve finally put together a video on how I curl my hair, thanks for being so patient! The technique is really nothing outside of the box but it works for me and is the fastest, most effective way of curling I’ve tried so far. These are the some of the tools and products that I use to prep my hair:
- Hair Dressers Invisible Oil. I’ve talked all about this fabulous serum in this post here. It basically smoothes out and relaxes the hair, adds shine and protects against heat. You want to work it through the mid shaft to ends and you only need a little bit. I’ve had my entire bottle for over a year and I use way more than I probably should.
- Before I start curling I also spray my hair with hot stop from Regis. You mostly likely don’t need another heat protectant, but it eases my mind so I use it anyway. It’s a really light spray and I love that it doesn’t weigh the hair down or make it wet. I simply mist it all over from roots to ends and it just ensures my hair is fully protected.
- And then just to get it over with, I like to quickly tease my roots. You’ll take a slice of hair near the top of your head and brush the hair towards the scalp. I like to tease all the hair above my temples and this creates more volume and gives the illusion of thicker, fuller hair. If you have super thick hair you should still probably tease. Because your hair is so thick, it’s most likely very heavy weighing it down at the roots. Just lightly tease to add some volume back into your hair!
Now that you’re hair is all prepped you’re ready to curl. You’re going to need a 1” curling wan — I’m using the Jose Eber 25mm curling wand. If you don’t have a wand, go ahead and remove the clamp on a regular curling iron. If you can find a springless curling iron that’d be best as they don’t usually have plastic on the tip of the barrel.
- Section off the top half of your hair with a clip. Take a small section from the front and wrap it around the wand away from your face. I don’t usually alternate the way I wrap my curls. The last inch or so of hair don’t worry about wrapping around the wand, the curls lay prettier when the ends are straight. In fact I use to straighten the ends but have recently become a little too lazy! If you’re ends are frizzy or the curls aren’t laying right go back and just straighten the last inch or two of hair.
- When the curl is warm, release it still coiled up in your palm, press flat to your head and secure with a duck bill clip. If you lose the coil when releasing, just wrap the curl around two fingers and then secure. If you want looser waves, don’t set the curl with a clip and instead just release the curl and let gravity pull it down. I usually set the curls because they’ll last much longer. So if I curl my hair and set them, I can get a couple more days out of them. By day three they’re usually really loose waves and I’ll just tease my roots, pick through the curls and then freshen them up with some Redkin Wool.
- When you get to the top layer of hair, more specifically your bangs, you’re going to start the curl a few inches down. This will allow your bangs to swoop nicely and also it’ll help those curls look more relaxed
- After all your hair has been curled, run your fingers through the curls to separate them, I’ll sometimes use a paddle brush if I want really soft curls, and spray with a texturizing spray. My favorite is Redkin Wool, it’s like a gel/slush and it adds crazy volume and great texture. I honestly don’t know what I did without it!
Hopefully all of this information is helpful to you! If you have any questions please let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to get back to you. Keep in mind I’m not a hairdresser and I don’t usually get the opportunity to work with other textures of hair but I’ll do my best.
I’ve been having issues with my camera lens (50mm 1.4) and it finally busted on me. The focus hasn’t been working, which is why I haven’t been able to just chat with you guys in my videos. It makes this terrible noise and so I’ve had to turn the volume off and do voiceovers. Definitely not ideal. It’ll take at least a month to get back from Canon, so bare with me while I figure out what to do and how to get the right exposure etc in my photos and videos. I really wish I had enjoyed photography as a teenager… knowing how to work a camera would have just made things so much easier! K, see you soon!