With a plethora of fresh, exciting hairstyles ripe for your hair this spring, you may be tempted to toss that flat iron out the window once and for all in favor of today’s huge array of curling irons and robotic styling devices.
But don’t chuck the flat iron yet. Just because it was invented to straighten your hair, doesn’t mean that’s all it can do. Clever hairstylists are using it to sculpt some of today’s best curly styles.
Combine a gorgeous curl with one of the many braiding techniques popular right now and you’ve got a recipe for drop dead gorgeous style that’s sure to turn heads and keep the compliments rolling in.
Curls have been a style statement forever and this spring and summer, they’re more popular than ever. But don’t run out and get a perm — here are tips for gorgeous, healthy curly hair styles.
The beachy, deconstructed curl
“Right now the style that’s really going on is really boho, really relaxed waves, very textured but without a whole lot of definition,” said Jenny Hausam, a hair artist at The Barbary in Norman’s Campus Corner.
For beachy curls, start with a curl enhancing product such as Bed Head Foxy Curls Extreme Curl Mousse.
Clamp a 1-inch section of hair about a half inch from the end of the strand in a flat iron with semi-rounded edges.
Twist the rest of the hair strand around the outside of the flat iron, count to about 20 then release the clamp. Hausam prefers a Chi flat iron also recommends Wigo irons.
For texture, finish with a sea salt spray such as Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. You can also make your own sea salt spray using any of the multitude of lovely salts available. Mix with water. Salt sprays may not make your hair feel clean but they’re relatively safe for your hair since they usually don’t have an alcohol content.
For years, women have been sleeping in braids to attain the look of all-over effortless waves. Hausam has a time-saving tip for the same effect: Braid your hair into 1-inch thick braids, then use a flat iron along the braids to heat the wave in. Finish with a flexible hold hairspray such as Bed Head Rockaholic Fun Times Flexible Hairspray by TiGi.
For bigger, loser waves try two large braids.
But what about those funky, out-of-control ends of the braids? Lightly wet the crease mark from ponytail holders, then use your flat iron to bend the ends under so they don’t stick out in all directions.
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