At the beginning of the year, after many Instagram polls asking you guys what I should do with my hair, I decided to get it cut. I’m used to having really long hair, at least down to my waist so cutting a good 5 inches off was a big deal for me. I don’t think I’ve had it this short for about 10 years! But I was really bored of having long hair and the amount of time it took to look after. Washing my hair and drying it took an entire evening in itself!
After pinning loads of shorter hairstyles and cuts on Pinterest I convinced myself to get the chop. Looking at my hair now, I probably could have gone shorter but I thought I would ease myself in to not having as much hair to deal with. What I was looking forward to most was being able to do more with my hair. It’s quite thick and naturally straight so most hairstyles just dropped out when I had really long hair. But since having it cut, my new favourite hairstyle is loose curls. I like that I can curl my hair once and it stays in until the next time I wash it. It doesn’t take me long to do and there are no special tools required. So here are 7 easy steps to getting this look:
I start with freshly washed and dried hair. You can see what products I use to was my hair in this post. I have naturally very straight hair so I like it to be completely dry before I curl it so that the curls last longer. I detangle and brush my hair through to get rid of any knots before I start curling.
I divide my hair horizontally just above my ears and tie the top half out of the way. I prefer to section the bottom of my hair so I can curl it neatly.
I don’t really like neat curls but the longer lengths of my hair tends to be the heaviest so I make sure that I curl each part carefully to stop it from dropping out. I use a slightly higher heat on the bottom of my hair because it is the thickest part. If you don’t want to use a higher heat you can always take smaller sections of hair to curl. The more hair you have in each curl, the quicker the curl will drop.
I split the bottom of my hair in two, down the middle. Then I take about a 1 inch section of hair ready to curl from one of the sections. I use the Remmington Airplanes to create curls because it doesn’t pull my hair and I can also adjust the temperature of the plates. I don’t like to use a high heat because it really dries my hair out and damages it. I also think curling my hair with a straighter rather than a curling wand is much quicker and easier! It’s less fiddly and the curls don’t always come out exactly the same which I like.
Once I have my 1 inch piece of hair, I clamp the Airplates on it about a third of the way down the hair. I don’t curl right from the root because I don’t want apply heat that high up. Then I twist the Airplates, away from my face, 360 degrees and slide it down my hair.
I stop about half an inch from the bottom and leave that part straight. Leaving the ends of my hair straight makes the curls look informal and more beach wave than ringlet. It does look a little odd as it sticks out a bit after you’ve created the curl but at the end, once you brush your hair out it will blend in and won’t be so harsh.
It takes a bit of practise to get used to curling with straighteners. Once you get used to what angle you need to hold the straightener at it becomes really easy. I can usually curl all my hair in about 10-15 minutes. If the curls drop out the next day or bits of my hair are looking a little too straight, I just curl that section again and I’m ready to go.
After one side is done, I switch to the other, doing exactly the same thing. If you’re curing your hair this way it’s really important to remember that you need to twist the straighteners away from your face on both sides. It stops the curls falling forward, covering your face and creates volume.
When the bottom section is finished I let down the top section that I tied up earlier. I make sure to clip back the very front section of hair that frames my face. I go back to this at the end because I don’t want it as curly as the rest of my hair. I think it looks better with a looser wave so I leave it till last to see how the front part falls.
With the rest of the hair I start from the back of my head and grab random sections of hair and curl them the same way as the bottom. I’m not very neat of careful with this part because I think the messier it is, the better it looks at the end. So I keep going until all the hair is curled. If there a any small strands I miss I just curl them too. It will all come together when I brush my hair out at the end.
Once I finished curling, my hair looks a little crazy, like tube ringlets. Obviously this is not the finished look. I use my Tangle Teezer to brush through the curls gently until the start to break up and fall out slightly. I don’t want to be too vigorous with this because I want the curls to stay in otherwise I’d have to start again! And I don’t want to make my hair poofy or static with too much brushing because it would ruin the look.
I usually leave it slightly curlier than I want it because I know my hair will start to drop a bit more after about half an hour.
Lastly I spray my hair with L’Oreal Ellenette Firm Hold hairspray. This is my favourite hairspray because it doesn’t go sticky or crusty. It still leaves my hair looking shiny and feeling soft but still holds really well and doesn’t smell like chemicals. Also when I brush my hair out after using it, it seems to disappear so I make sure I spray my hair in place after I’ve brushed out the curls.