Happy Tuesday lovelies!!! I have had MULTIPLE questions on my hair and what I use to achieve those beach waves so I decided to do a quick roundup of some of my favorite products and tools! If you are anything like me, a curling iron totally scared me for YEARS!!! When I say, I could not curl hair until about 2 years ago, it’s NOT A LIE!! Hair has NEVER been my strong suit! If you know me, then you know I have STICK STRAIGHT locks!!! I have lots of fine hair! I also was not aware until about a year ago that you could go more than a day without washing your hair…. R.I.P ALL THOSE LONG MORNINGS OF COUNTLESS HEAT AND BLOW DRYING, thanks so my introduction of dry shampoo (I mean really, have I been living under a rock?!?!??!) Just in case you are wondering my favorite dry shampoo, it is Batiste and can be purchased at almost ANY drugstore or beauty store! Ok, so back to curling hair….
The first tip when it comes to achieving voluminous locks starts in the shower with the shampoo!! On the days I want volume I use a brand of product called Bamboo! I love the Bamboo Abundant Volume Shampoo . I was first introduced to this brand at a Blow Out Bar and I immediately fell in love! The smell is great and so are the results! I do not use a volumizing shampoo every day however because it is SUPER drying so I alternate with the Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Shampoo. This shampoo really makes my hair feel like silk! I color my hair pretty heavy, so it is super porous and I have to use a good replenishing shampoo as well as conditioner to keep it fe feeling like hay! The conditioner I use is the Caviar Replenishing Moisture conditioner. I heard one time to, “take care of your hair, it is your accessory every day,” and that is so true!!! If you are in the Raleigh, Cary area or want to shop online there is a GREAT online boutique with a kit called the “Full of Hairself” Kit that is full of the Bamboo products that help create volume! you all should totally check them out here!
After the shampoo and conditioning I spray a little It’s a 10 miracle leave in conditioner in my hair and comb through it! I blow dry straight and then its time to start curling! Before I curl, I do spray my hair with the BEST ANTI-HUMIDITY Hairspray (also by Bamboo) that I have found for NC humidity! This hairspray is a little stronger hold than I typically use, but if you want lasting curl, it’s amazing!!! I then take a 1″ Hot Tools Curling Iron and after sectioning off my hair, I curl! The BIGGEST TIPS I ever got when it came to learning how to curl was 1) Curl AWAY from the FACE 2) When you curl, bring the curling iron half way down the piece of hair being curled (not all the way to the end first) and then feed the hair the rest of the way in…. I used to always pull the curling iron down to the very end of the piece of hair and then curl up, which resulted in a “Shirley Temple” curl. I now, only bring the barrel half-way down the piece of hair and I leave AT LEAST a whole inch out at the bottom to achieve the straight ends which doesn’t look so old school curl! THE KEY TO BEACH WAVES and that tousled look is to LEAVE THE ENDS OUT OF THE CURLING IRON!!!! Another way to achieve this is to “wand” the hair instead of curling and still leave a minimum of an inch from wrapping at the bottom! Also, another great tip is ALTER THE DIRECTION OF THE CURL! I know I said curl away from the face and that is so true for the first couple of pieces around the face, but then begin to alter the direction around the head and that is what gives the hair a more tousled look instead creating one giant curl going around the head. I never knew that I was supposed to alter the direction and I literally just started a month ago and can’t believe I didn’t know this!!!! I like to curl about 1 inch sections as I curl as well, for me that works with my mid-length hair, if you want a fuller softer curl maybe curl an inch and a half!
After curling LET YOUR HAIR COOL!!!!!! Let your hair cool for at least 3 minutes, I like to go put my clothes on while I am waiting and then I come back flip my head over, finger through the curls and if you want extra volume tease the back a little or just spray with the Anti- Humidity Hairspray and you are READY TO CONQUER THE DAY!!!! One extra tip for volumizing is this Big & Sexy Hair Powder! I first heard of this product when my sister went to Europe and she came back with it and it made my hair so voluminous! You sprinkle a little at the scalp where you want volume and rub it to activate! I also LOVEEEE the Bumble & Bumble Dry Spun thickening spray that makes my hair look SUPER FULL! I will spray it in after curling before my hair spray at the back of my head for volume and at the front to keep the pieces around my face from falling FLAT!
I hope this post helps you out with some fun products to try!!! Let me know your thoughts! I am going on vacation tomorrow, so I will be a little less active on the blog until I get back, but I hope this post was one you enjoyed!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!! XOXOXOXOX
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