March 28, 2018
One of my most frequently asked questions that I receive is about how I curl my hair. What products do I use? Do I use a wand or an iron? What size is the barrel? How do I get my curls to last? Most importantly the number one question is how I curl my hair!
The longer I blog, the more I realize that I need to update my content every year. Just because I shared a hair tutorial 3 years ago, doesn’t mean that new followers have seen that or can actually even find it. So here I am to share an update on how I curl my hair!
To be completely honest, these curls are more like waves and turn out differently every time I do them. However, they always look good and I love the way this technique creates full but soft waves. This look is glam enough to wear out but still subtle enough for the day. It’s my go-to hairstyle!
How I Curl My Hair
Because it’s so much easier for me to tell you and show you how I curl my hair, I’m going to add my video tutorial here, instead of writing out all the details! However, I will share with you my favorite products below.
Hair Care Products
Having a lot of thin hair, and a pretty oily scalp puts a lot of pressure on the products that I use in my hair. Anything too light won’t make a difference and anything too heavy will turn my hair into a flat, greasy mess. Needless to say, I stick with what works and have tested out many flops over the years. A few brands that I can always count on are Living Proof, Sebastian, Oribe and DryBar.
Because my scalp tends to be on the oiler side, I have to be careful with my shampoo and conditioner. Recently, I have been adding more and more blonde into my hair which has led me to begin using purple shampoos. I started out with this one from DryBar and really love it. It lathers really nice, which is essential for me. Another one of my favorite shampoos is this one from Fanola. My hairdresser, Courtney, turned me onto this.
At the beginning of the year, I really wanted to go white blonde. This shampoo helped brighten my blonde so much! Our water is terrible for turning blonde brassy. I mix a little of this with the shampoo from DryBar, lather and let it sit for a few minutes while I shave my legs. Then I rinse and apply my conditioner!
As I mentioned before, I have thin hair and I don’t like to overdo it with the conditioner. From the time I began using conditioner, until now, I have always applied my conditioner to the lower half of my hair. I don’t apply any conditioner to my scalp. Basically what I do is pull my hair into a low ponytail and pull it around to the side and apply the conditioner to the ends.
If there is one product in my haircare routine that I fly through, it’s hairspray. I use so much hairspray it’s crazy. Not really because I need it, it’s more for security than anything else. I have to spray before I curl, after I curl, after I brush through my hair and then you know, one last time before I leave the house! For good luck that is 😉 ! My favorite hairspray is from Sebastian. I have used this spray off, and on, for several years and it seems to really be the only one that makes me truly happy. It’s the hairspray that feels like home!
This Dry Texturizing Spray from Oribe has been high on my shopping list for quite some time! I have read numerous reviews and heard so many people talking about this product for several years. I’m happy to report that it does not disappoint. It holds true to the hype, and its name, by adding dry texture. It doesn’t weigh your hair down at all and helps create that piecey look that we all desire! This product is definitely an essential and something that really helps take your style to the next level.
We all know that dry shampoo is the biggest lifesaver! If you watch my vlogs, on my Youtube channel then you might have seen the one where I accidentally purchased this dry shampoo instead of the texturizing spray. This may be the best mistake I have ever made because I love this dry shampoo. One of my favorite things about this product is that it isn’t chalky like most other dry shampoos. It smells incredible and adds that needed lift to my dirty hair and rids my scalp of any unwanted oil.
Since I was a little girl, my mom always combed my hair when it was wet to work the tangles out and then brushed it when it was dry. I still use these practices today. I comb with a brush similar to this, brush my hair the Wet Brush and can’t live without my teasing comb, like this one!
For the past few years, I have been using a basic hairdryer. To be honest, I don’t even know the brand off of the top of my head. I didn’t think it really matters what type of dryer you used, that was until I tried my moms, Dyson Hair Dryer. Y’all this is seriously the best thing ever! I never thought it would live up to the hype, or be worth the price until I tried it. This blow dryer is incredibly power, dries my hair in only a few short minutes and has the sleekest, modern design. Not to mention its very small for a hair dryer to it takes up little room in your bathroom and is great for travel.
For my hair length, I prefer to use a 1 inch Hot Tools curling iron with the gold surface barrel. This curling iron allows you to control the temperature, but you know I have the heat cranked ALL THE WAY UP. I know this is the best for my hair, but I have to have that powerful heat. I have had this curling iron for years and love it. It’s very affordable, in my opinion, and will last you for a long time.
I hope that you found this post helpful and please be sure to check out the video tutorial, here. If you have any questions be sure to leave them in a comment and I will be sure to get back to you! I would love to know what your go-to hairstyle is and your favorite products!
Photos by Jay Parlett 😘
How I Curl My Hair and Essential Hair Care Products