I feel a little awkward doing this post because I am in no way, shape, or form a beauty tutorial blogger. You’ll never see me do a video or anything like that, but I’m asked all the time how I do my hair so I thought it might make a helpful blog post. Plus, it’s super easy.
I used to think that my hair would not hold a curl under any circumstances, and, I swear, for years I tried to curl my hair with absolutely no luck. I think the real problem, however, was the curling iron and hairspray I was using. These make all the difference and now I couldn’t tell you the last time I wore my hair straight (grass is always greener?)
I start off by spraying John Frieda Root Booster on my roots while my hair is still soaking wet. Sometimes I’ll put a bit of glossing spray on top but honestly that’s only when I’ve gotten a sample of something in my Birchbox.
I typically try to let my hair air dry for about 45 minutes to an hour simply because my hair is long and thick and can literally take over 20 minutes to blow dry. Once I do decide it’s time to blow dry, I just use a regular hair dryer and when my hair is about 95% dry, I’ll use a round brush to perk up the areas around my face. I use a ceramic brush because they conduct heat better than others and add a little bit of bounce and volume.
With completely dry hair (literally, there can’t be any moisture left), I split my hair into 4 layers, clip it on top of my head, and curl each layer, piece by piece, with a ceramic 1.5″ curling iron. I generally try to hold the curling iron for about 15 to 20 seconds, but in a pinch, I will sometimes just do a second or two, though the result from this is more volume than curl. After every 3 pieces of hair, I’ll blast my hair with hairspray. I go for the highest hold, anti humidity hair spray there is. Everyone always asks if this makes my hair crunchy, but as long as you don’t go totally overboard, you’ll never notice it feeling hard or crunchy.
After curling all 4 sections, take the curling iron and hold it right under the top layer of hair at the crown of your head. This give you a little extra volume at the top. Give your hair one finishing spray, then flip your head over and do the same. I always run my brush back over the curls to loosen them up a bit, and you’re done!
And, the finished product! (Taken from Gold Cup last weekend)