Today is kind of a big day because I’m revealing my first ever A Stylish Side Project hair tutorial! I’m SO excited to finally share this post with you guys, as the number one question I’m always getting is about my hair! If I’m being honest, I only recently learned how to curl my hair. Like, as recently as within the past year. I have naturally thick and voluminous hair, and as a teenage girl all I wanted to do was straighten it and make it as flat as possible. I was always jealous of the girls with thinner hair who could curl their locks in 5 minutes, or wear those messy-chic top knots (my top knot is comically large, which is why you hardly see me with my hair up!). We always want what we don’t have, amiright? Couple all of that with an irrational fear of curling irons, and I never bothered to learn.
I went though college without curling my hair, only continuing to hide it’s natural volume and wishing I had thinner locks (I would even get my hair thinned at the salon!). I didn’t really start to embrace what I had until a few years ago, when I had my first Drybar aka my happy place experience. My stylist gave me beautiful loose curls with tons of volume, and when she spun me around to look in the mirror I hardly recognized myself! I couldn’t believe how much I loved the way my hair looked with all that volume. The compliments from total strangers didn’t hurt either 😉 Unfortunately, my bank account wouldn’t appreciate a blow out EVERY time I wanted to curl my hair, so I decided it was about time I learned how to do it myself. While at a Fashion Week event last year, I received this curling wand in a swag bag. I liked that there wasn’t a clamp – no weird dents! I decided to try it out, and it quickly became my favorite hair tool in my bathroom.
Without further ado, after lots… and lots…. and lots… of trial and error, I feel ready to share with you guys what I’ve learned!
STEP 1: Section off your hair into 1″-2″ sections, depending on how loose you want your curls to look. I like to start by spraying a light layer of this R+Co flexible hairspray on each section before I curl (I use this wand, but I’ve heard these are amazing).
STEP 2: Holding the wand upside-down, wrap the hair around the curling wand AWAY from your face (watch your fingers!). It’s important to make sure the hair doesn’t get twisted as you wrap – this will ensure a smooth curl. I hold each piece on the curling wand for 15-20 seconds, but I really think this varies from girl to girl. As I mentioned, I have thick hair, so I hold mine a bit longer to ensure the curl sticks.
STEP 3: Release the curl from the wand into your hand and hold for about 5-10 seconds. This allows the curl to cool a bit before letting it fall. It’s just another way to ensure a tight spiral! If you have hair that takes well to a curl, you can probably skip this step.
STEP 4: Repeat steps 1-3 throughout the rest of your hair, until you have ringlet curls all around. Lightly spritz your hair with a layer of hairspray.
STEP 5: After allowing your hair to completely cool (this usually takes about 5-10 minutes. I like to do my make-up or pick out my outfit during this time), flip your head upside down and spray with this Drybar Triple Sec Texturizer. I usually flip my hair up and down a few more times to really loosen up the curls.
STEP 6: Spray some more of the Triple Sec spray directly to the roots of your hair to add even more volume and texture.
STEP 7: If you still have some too-perfect curls, take a brush and lightly run it through your hair. I recommend using a small brush, like this Drybar Lemon Drop (pictured above) or a mini Wet Brush. A larger brush such a paddle brush will take too much curl out of the hair.
STEP 8: If you want extra hold, lightly spray once more with hairspray and you’re out the door!
For me, this entire process takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. I realize that this is a long amount of time, and of course it would be nice if it was shorter! But I’ve learned to love my hair and all of it’s crazy thickness. I no longer get it thinned, and I have an appreciation for it that I didn’t have when I was younger. I don’t curl my hair everyday, in fact I only do it twice a week at most, so I really don’t mind doing it. I’ve also picked up some great tips on how to extend the length of your curls, and I sometimes wear mine for as long as 4 days! Potential post idea?!
Anyways, if you read this entire post, thank you!! PLEASE leave your feedback, this is my first post of this kind and I would love any and all suggestions for improvement! I want to continue to share beauty content with you (resolution #8), and your comments will help guide me in the right direction!
PS. Yes, this is my natural hair color. I’m a true strawberry blonde!
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Photos by Lydia Hudgens