So Angela from BeautyBlogged asked me to do a quick tutorial on hair curling, and here is is! I love curling my hair for nights out. It’s such a feminine look and easy to do.
Firstly, my hair is difficult to curl. It is straight in every picture you see of me because straight is all it does. I’ve tried setting sprays, velcro curlers, hot rollers, curling irons of various sorts, and none of them hold curl in my hair for more than an hour. The only thing I’ve tried that works is the GHD Flat Iron.
So, Exhibit A. Me with my usual, straight hair, and glasses off because that only complicates things. Hair is washed and ready to go.
Make sure your hair is completely dry before you use a flat iron on it or the heat will boil your hair.
I don’t bother with heat protecting sprays. With the amount of heat that’s coming out of the GHD, nothing’s really going to protect your hair effectively, so just use the GHD infrequently instead.
I’ve got quite a lot of hair, so the GHD has definitely got its work cut out.
Firstly, I part my hair from the top of both ears ’round to the back. I did have one of those grabby clip things, but I can’t find it so I’m just using hair ties here.
Brush through this section of hair. I’m using a Tangle Teezer, but just use whatever you have.
Grab a small section of hair. The thicker the section, the looser the curl will be.
Brush through the section.
Apply the GHD to the hair.
Then rotate the GHD 180 degrees either towards or away from you, and drag it through the section in this position.
The speed at which you drag it has an impact on the curl: faster, and the curl is loose; slower, and the curl is tighter.
And this is more or less how it turns out.
Keep curling sections of hair until they are all done.
Spray and scrunch with hairspray. I use Elnett because it’s lightweight and can be brushed out easily, even when you’ve applied a lot.
Let out your hair and take a second parting from both temples ’round to the back.
Tie up you hair again and start curling the straight sections of hair that have fallen onto the curls below.
Take a small section, brush it, and then curl as before.
You may like to twist the section of hair around after you curl it. I know my hairdresser does this for every curl! It just helps to ‘set’ the curl. This is up to you though.
Keep curling sections until everything is curly! Spray with hairspray.
Then let out the final section and start curling. Be sure not to drag your hair down, but curl each piece up and away from the scalp to create a little volume.
Spray the whole lot with hair spray.
It should end up looking a bit like the photo above.
Now, because I like lots of bounce and volume, when my curls have cooled, I brush through them all.
It will go all floofy like this.
In order to achieve nice soft curls *and* volume, I spray and scrunch hairspray into my hair.
Keep doing this until you get the right amount of curl definiton and hold for you. Personally, I like to do this at least four times, and using Elnett means that you don’t get any product build-up in your hair.
Yay, volume and curls!
To make it last for a second day, jut pin your hair into a topknot before you go to bed. In the morning just brush it out, then spray and scrunch a few times, and you’re good to go!