Are you ready for the big hair post? Several people have asked me to share how I curl my hair, and I a so flattered! I asked my mom to help document the process...so here we go!
First, a word on my hair: it is really thick and somewhat wavy so I only have to wash it every other day. I usually wash it at night, let it air dry for an hour, and then blow dry it for a few minutes. And yes, after an hour of air drying my hair is still not dry! I told you it was thick. Anyway, I go to bed with straightish hair and then curl it in the morning. The next day I usually just have to touch up the curls instead of having to curl my entire head, so it really saves time!
First up, the supplies. I use Aussie's Sun-Touched Shine Hi Hold + Hi Shine Hairspray. It is fabulous. My curling iron is just an old Conair from Target. It is really beat up, but still works great!
I section my hair off into 3 parts. The fist is the bottom layer, then the middle, then the front/top. I just pull the un-curled hair into a bun on the top of my head. Here is the bottom layered already curled.
To get the perfect curl, start by grabbing a small section of hair and squirt with a little hair spray.
Then begin to curl from the top. Hold the top section for 3 seconds or so.
Then, open up your curling iron an smidge and move down to grab more hair. Hold for 3 more seconds.
Next, open your curling iron again to get the rest of the hair. Hold in place for 3 seconds.
Then release down.
I part my hair on the left side, so I curl my hair in different directions depending on which side I'm working on. For the left side I curl counter-clockwise. In this picture I'm curling the right side so I go clockwise.
Once all of my hair is curled I secure it in a loose bun at the nape of my neck. Then I usually put my make-up on. I've found that this allows the curls to settle a bit and not be too stiff. Make sure the bun is really loose.
After I'm done with my make-up I take the bun out and gently toss my hair around to separate the curls. I don't want to look like Shirley Temple!
The finished product. I would love to hear if this method works for you! Happy curling!
Edited to add: the curling process usually takes about 20 minutes!