The vast majority of days I curl my hair, rather than leaving it straight or smoothing it out with a straightener. I feel more polished and my hair is more comfortable during the day with some curl to it since it stays out my face more easily! Another benefit of taking a few minutes to curl it is that it looks cuter if I pull it back in a pony tail during the day, and if I lift weights, I can just do a low bun and it still looks fine post-workout or even on day two. (But if I do cardio, I have to wash my hair – I get too sweaty!)
I’ve attempted to curl my hair with a flat iron and it’s just a total disaster. But I find it super easy to use a curling iron (here’s my review of my curling iron and a quick Instagram Reel tutorial!) so I stick with that method (or I use my Dyson AirWrap). Plus, it gives a more polished look vs. beachy waves, which I generally prefer. After all, we all want Victoria Secret Angel curls, right?
Here is a quick video showing you how and there are more detailed tips below!
I use the same method no matter how long my hair is – the only thing that changes is the size of the curling iron.
In the video, I show a few products I use to prep my hair, and I also linked them below. Some of the hair products that I use have changed since I filmed the first video when my hair is shorter so the below list is the most current.
I use a tiny amount (Dime sized for shampoo, nickel sized for conditioner) so my hair isn’t weighed down with too much product. I alternate between Colleen Rothschild and Beautycounter’s shampoo and conditioner. Beautycounter is the cleaner of the two brands, but I feel fine about the Colleen Rothschild ingredients. I have another blog post about what ingredients to avoid in your shampoo.
I use this once a week and it’s SO hydrating. It gives my hair shine and volume, without weighing it down. It contains a blend of Kokum, Shea Butter, Capuacu and Bacuri Butters, which all help nourish your hair.
If you have super dry hair, you could also try a hair oil a few times a week. This OUAI hair oil contains coconut oil and is SUPER hydrating.
I use a dropper of this after washing my hair and massage it into my scalp. I let it absorb before I add anything else. It helps a LOT with postpartum hair loss.
Next, I use the ELEVEN I Want Body Foam on wet hair. It gives me great lift and volume, but no crunchy feeling. I like the smell a lot, and I’m pretty sensitive to scents, so that’s saying something. I use 3-4 pumps of this only at my roots.
Right before I dry my hair, I use the Colleen Rothschild Shine Serum on the bottom half of my hair. It helps nourish and protect my hair from the heat, while also making sure it stays smooth and shiny. I will use a little bit of this on the ends of my hair once it’s all finished too, to keep everything shiny and smooth.
Once I’ve dried and curled my hair, I use the Eleven I Want Body Texture Spray. I spray this at the roots, and usually spray with my head flipped over. I might also spray the ends for extra texture too.
I prefer curled hair with loose ends and curls not too close to the root, which is why I clasp it with the curling iron barrel near the root and never curl from the bottom. There are lots of methods for curling hair, but this is my tried and trusted method.
You’ll notice how the ends of my hair stick out just a little after I wrap my hair around the barrel. That gives it a little more natural look by not tucking the ends into the iron.
Always twist your wrist to turn the barrel away from your face so it curls away, which helps open up the hair for a fresher look. When you’re curling the back, curl a few pieces in the alternate direction so they don’t all clump together.
I grab somewhat large sections of hair to make it go quickly and so it’s not overly curled (the more hair you use, the closer you’ll get to loose beach waves, and if you use smaller section, you’ll get more defined curls). Then, I go back and get pieces that are too straight and curl them separately. That also helps keep it natural-looking so all the curls aren’t exactly the same size and/or perfectly curled. I prefer looser curls, so that’s why I use large sections of hair.
After I curl, I let the curls sit for a few minutes to cool (usually I do my makeup at this point). Leave your hair alone while the curls are still warm – letting them cool while more tightly curled helps them hold longer. This helps make them bouncy curls.
I don’t brush it out. When I apply texturizer, I use my fingers at that point to break up the curls a bit. If you’re left with tight curls and want to loosen them, use a wide tooth comb to run through your hair. Over time, you should also see the curls fall a tad. I don’t add anything usually (no bobby pins or clips), I just let it fall naturally.
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