Hi y’all! By now you have hopefully seen my hair curling tutorial in my highlights on Instagram, but I wanted to go into more detail here with step-by-step instructions of how I curl my hair and the products I use (and some new ones I am going to give a try that are more budget friendly!).
I am going to be honest with you, the instructions below are VERY detailed below in case you need descriptive descriptions like I do.
A little caveat I want to add is this: I have naturally wavy hair so my hair tends to hold a curl easier than others. If you have stick straight hair, you may need more product, etc. If you get this curling wand or use any of the products, please let me know how they work for YOU- it will help me help others in the future with the same types of hair and I would appreciate your feedback!
Review of the Conair Curling Wand:
First things first, the new curling wand I got that I am obsessed with and used during this tutorial is right here. It is the Conair Infiniti Pro Rainbow Titanium Curling Wand-1″ and it is $30!!!! I have previously used a T3 micro 1.25″ curling iron, but since I got my haircut, I have been wanting a 1″ wand to get tighter curls. I use heat setting 20/25 and no, I have no idea what temperature it is! Here are some pros and cons of the curling wand:
$30- need I say more?
Does not pull your hair, leave it looking cinched, etc.
It’s rainbow colored so how pretty is that?
The cord is very short. If you are standing with the iron and your outlet is not nearby, you will most likely want a long corded power cord to connect it to. This is really my only beef with the product.
I don’t use a mit when I curl my hair but if you read the Target reviews- the one complaint is that the heat protectant glove that comes with it is not long enough. I’m not going to lie, I laughed at this. First off, we’ve all burned ourselves somehow (you live and learn) and second off, if you leave an inch of hair at the ends then you shouldn’t be burning your hand?! Anyways, if you like to use a mit, you may want to buy another one then the one that comes with it, I don’t use one so I’m not a great resource for that.
All in all, 100% recommend.
Step 1- fresh out the shower
Okay, so first thing’s first, after you hop out of the shower and your hair is still damp, I put in some heat protectant. I apply it 3 inches away from my scalp to the edges of my hair- I don’t apply to the scalp because this area already gets enough grease build-up! After that, I blow dry my hair and get ready to curl it.
Step 2- hair is dried and ready to be curled
Now that your hair is dry and fresh as can be, it’s time to get rollin’. I divide my hair into three sections and put the top half into a pony tail holder while I work on the lower section first. I brush through my hair one more time to make sure there are no knots- you especially want the edges of your hair to be knot-free since they won’t be going through the curling iron.
After you have divided your hair and brushed it out, starting from your face (working towards the back of your head) take a 1-2 inch section of hair. You want to remember to then place the curling iron behind your hair (top of the curling iron pointed towards the floor) and wrap your hair evenly around the iron leaving 1-2 inches of hair out at the bottom.
Hold your hair on the iron for 7-8 seconds then release the curl into your palm for 1-2 seconds before fully releasing it. Once you reach the back of your head, start from your face again on the other side and repeat.
Step 3- bottom section of hair is curled
After I have curled a section, I spray this volumizing spray at the roots (hold the can ten inches from roots when spraying) of my hair and then massage my hair at the roots- you will see the instant volume! This stuff is MAGIC. I know it’s a bit pricey at $29 but it lasts a good 2-3 months depending on your use and I have a hard time finding a good volumizer. I will continue to look for a more budget friendly option as well 🙂
Step 4- curl section 2 (mid-section of your hair)
Follow steps 2-3 from above.
Step 5- curl the top section of your hair
Now here is where I switch things up on you. I tend to curl my hair from the back to the front at this point- there is no reason why- I just do *throws hands up*. I also tend to grab a 2-3 inch section at the very front of my head- these are the face framing curls- because I like a thicker curl to frame my face. After your entire head is curled, you have sprayed the volumizer on the top of your scalp and all your hair has been *shaken* ( kinda sounds like we’re making martinis now), let it SIT.
Step 6- let your hair sit for 10-15 min.
I normally put on my make up at this point and change into my outfit for the day. You could also make a cup of coffee, pack your lunch, feed your dog, etc. When 15 minutes is up, I run my fingers through my hair until I get the desired curls I’m looking for. The more you run your fingers through your hair, the looser the curls. You can also loosely brush your hair if you like that better ( why not try it?!). NOW, keep in mind, your curls will loosen during the day so it’s okay to have bigger curls at the start of the day. After you have your desired look, I use this light-hold hair spray ( that also smells amazing) to hold the curls without them feeling all sticky and gross like some of the firm-hold hairsprays do. Again, a little pricey at $29 but it works well and lasts a few months. I have been in locker rooms and sprayed this and people have turned their heads because it smells so good, it is truly THAT GOOD. If you’re not sure if you want to splurge on a product, all products I have mentioned also have a travel size, so try that first!
Step 7- bonus step- for extra volume
Okay, if you love volume like I love volume ( third behind chocolate and wine), then you will want to try this volume powder I put it at the top of my scalp and rub in- volume will be ON POINT.
Now, for days 2-5 (yes I go five days without washing my hair, no shame in the game), I add in two steps at the very beginning. Before I part my hair to curl it, I apply this dry shampoo to the roots (spray from a few inches away) when my hair is half up-half down and rub it in. Really rub it in- otherwise you may have white powder spots in your hair. This one is $31; however, I have recently found an $8 dry shampoo from Target with great reviews. I haven’t tried it yet but will shortly and will report back!
Next, time to apply a heat protectant for dry hair. I skipped this step in my video (whoops), but I have been using this for years and love it.
I hope you found this helpful, let me know if these tips and tricks work for you in the comments below!