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Luscious Curls.

First off, thanks to Aarti for this post's title, and for being so patient! This post has been a long time coming. After years of worshiping at the alter of Chi flat irons, I recently have returned to the flock and become a believer in the humble curling iron. For evening looks, shiny curls or loose waves are much faster and easier to achieve than painstakingly flat ironing section-by-section. The beauty of the curly looks is that they can be a little wild and undone so they're perfect when you're pressed for time ... which for me, is most of the time. In sum, going curly is the easiest way to up the glam factor without increasing styling time. [Side note: I tried to find Bolly celebs to illustrate some of my ideas, but unfortunately stick straight hair, pageant hair or mermaidy extensions are currently all the rage in the Desh.]
Look # 1: Glamorous Waves. Grab one-inch sections of hair (too much and your hair won't hold the wave), and wrap around a 1.5 inch curling iron held parallel to the floor. Since this look is more undone than the others, do not clamp the iron. Hold sections around the barrel for about 15 seconds then slide the iron out. Check out fab Freida for inspiration.Photo Source.
Look # 2: Curly Curls. For glossy spirals, hold the curling iron vertically and begin at the end of the section and wrap your way up toward your scalp. A stylist friend told me that it's important to release/re-clamp the iron as you wind your hair for even distribution. Once finished winding, holding in place for 15 seconds before sliding the iron out. Don't tug your hair too tightly as this could produce breakage! Take a look at Isla Fisher rockin' her curls. Photo Source.
Look # 3: Half-n-Half. One of my favorite go-to-looks involves half curly-half straight hair. Since my hair is naturally wavy (i.e. neither curly nor straight), this look allows me to work with my natural texture. It's also ideal since I have long hair. I blow dry my hair (do not straighten) and and then I hold a curling iron vertically again, clamp it midway down the section of hair, and wrap the remainder of the section around the barrel, hold for 15 and release. Do not curl all the way up. This way the top portion is straightish while the curl forms in the bottom part. Check out Blake Lively for an example of this easy look. Photo Source.
Tips:
  • You should start and finish styling with a mist of hair spray for hold. I like Pantene Ice Shine hair spray.
  • When buying a curling iron, go for a 1.5 inch barrel. Anything smaller will produce tighter curls. Be careful when you purchase to make sure there's no wheel for heat settings or an on/off switch on the sides of the handle. I made this mistake with my first iron and kept inadvertently either turning it off or changing the heat setting as I twisted the iron.
  • Also, if you don't want to go out and buy a curling, you can also use your 1 inch flat iron to achieve soft waves. First, smooth out about 2 inches of your hair near the roots. Next, hold your flat iron vertically and clamp (right after the part you smoothed) and twist your wrist. Then slide iron a bit and repeat the wrist twist. Keep going all the way down. This should produce ripples not '80s crimped hair so make sure to space out the twists. For an excellent tutorial on how to curl with the flat iron, see BabyJanny's post.

Comments

Cat said…
Stumbled upon here by accident and was caught by your post. I have finally given up on trying to curl my long hair, straight it wants to be and will be forever, I guess ;-) Still very interesting!


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desipolitan said…
So glad you happened upon my blog, Cat! I guess I should have put in a caveat that since my own hair is wavy, it tends to hold curl well. Getting it straight, on the other hand, totally different story!
Aarti said…
heyyyy, really glad to see this post! i'm gonna try doing the half-&-half curls with my ghd..freida and blake look especially gorgeous, swoons :D

I didn't know i could try using hairspray before curling, wow! i'll try that tip tonight :)

thanks girl!
desipolitan said…
I hope it works for you, Aarti!! Let me know.

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