Post # 1
My fiancé mentioned recently that he would like to see me with curly hair. It’s something I’ve always wanted too, but have been unable to achieve. My hair is really thick and the texture is smooth/slick such that my hair ties are always sliding out. Curls fall down almost immediately 🙁
Anyone with a similar hair type have success achieving pretty, natural-looking curls/waves? I’m a bit worried about keeping the volume under control. What size iron should I buy? Cone shape or no? And products?
Any advice would be great – Have had no success with this in my 26 years!
Here is a pic from just now. All I do is wash & condition using Redken All Soft, then blowdry completely (or else it will poof).
Post # 2
Goodwilldollarbling: you have gorgeous hair! Sounds and looks very similar to mine- super thick but very straight and slick… I’ve found that curling irons or heat curls in general just slide right out of my hair within a few hours, less if it’s rainy/humid out. What has been working for me is no-heat curls which you can get a few different ways- I always add a little mousse or curl softener when my hair is wet, then only half dry my hair.
My favorite look is when I use sponge rollers in my hair- I have pink ones from conair that bend & twist so you can just roll up your hair & twist the ends over it, then sleep on it over night.
I also really like bun curls- i’ll put my hair up in a sock bun or pigtail buns and sleep on it over night…
I’m sure you know this, but once you have those curls in the worst thing you can do is brush your hair out or run your fingers through it- curls=no touchie for me or else they are gone! When I do either of the above (on partially damp hair- NOT wet or else it wont dry in time) and let it sit for 8-12 hours, with no brush out afterwards, I can get curls that last a full day, sometimes two!
Post # 3
I do hair for my friends a lot when we go out. My best friend also has that slick hair that doesn’t normally hold a curl well. The only thing that really works for her is a cone-shaped curling wand. I would also get some texturizing spray to add a little “grip” to your hair – I’ve also hairsprayed her hair before curling it, just to add a little texture.
If you’re concerned about volume, slightly tug on the end of each curl after doing it – it’ll relax the curl, and give you more beachy waves. There are also some great videos on youtube about setting curls. I did a friend’s hair for a wedding we were both bridesmaids in – I used my curling wand and set her curls and they lasted all day (her hair doesn’t typically hold a curl well either).
For the record, I have a $20 Conair curling wand I got at Target, and it works fantastically.
Post # 4
I have the exact same hair type and I agree with stephncollins above – I use the Conair Curling Wand and it works great! You can make them tight curls, or beachy/boho depending upon how tightly you wrap the hair, and how much hair you wrap around. http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod2070253′ defer=’defer
Post # 5
I find my hair curls much easier if I dont blow dry it first. I leave it to dry naturally and then curl it with either straighteners (doesnt always work) or curling tongs which work better. Washing it the day before helps too. The difficult thing is making it hold so I hold the curlers in a little too long and I use so much hair spray its ridiculous. Also I have to overcurl it so that its curly pretty much everywhere- when I first do it I hate it because its too overdone but in about an hour it falls down to the level I like it and then stays that way. Its probably terrible for my hair but I only curl it for special occassions like twice a year so I dont think I do too much damage.