May 22, 2012
My hair is absolutely impossible to curl. I have tried every method, every product, and every tool and each time it’s a total fail. However, I have recently discovered something that actually does the job — curling rods.
The only difference between a curling rod and a curling iron is that the curling rod does not have a clamp. Therefore, to get the perfect curl, you have to wrap your hair around the iron as appose to clamping it underneath. I use the Remington curling iron — its super cute (and pale pink!) and I like it because its larger in width than the typical curling rod so it makes really voluminous curls.
- Start off with semi-dirty hair – curls last longer in hair that has not been recently washed. Take a mousse product (I used Aussie’s Catch the Wave mousse) and scrunch your hair with it to add some texture and loose volume.
- Add a heat protectant all over your hair and comb it through– I used TRESemmé heat protectant. This minimizes the amount of damage that direct heat can do to your hair.
- Part your hair as your normally do and clip up half to get it out of the way. Take the other half and the pointed end of a teasing comb to part hair at the tip of your ear, separating your hair into a top and bottom layer for curling. Twist the top portion and clip it out of your way. Keep any bangs or front pieces together as appose to separating them into top and bottom sections.
- Take the remaining bottom portion and with one inch sections, wrap the hair around the curling rod. Hold the hair around the rod for 5-8 seconds and when you release it from the rod, catch it in your hand and hold the curl for an additional 2-3 seconds before letting it set. Follow the same steps with the top portion of your hair and obviously repeat the steps on the other half of your head as well!
- When it comes to curling the pieces in the front of your head, I like to take a slightly different approach. Take the top and bottom strands of hair that frame the front of your face and jointly wrap them around the rod. By using the combined top and bottom sections, the front pieces look extra natural and flowy and add a nice touch to the finished look.
- Spray your entire head with a light hold hairspray — I suggest using light hold so you can still run your fingers through your hair and shape the pieces. I used Aussie’s Sprunch flexible hold hairspray because it smells unreal and does not add that starchy and hard feeling to your hair.
- To add extra volume, flip your hair over and spray from the bottom. However, if you want to keep the curls looking super natural, you can lightly run a comb through the curls before spraying.
- Dakota Doukas