I have to be honest, I’ve never really been one to curl my hair. Up until this point, all my ventures with curlers have resulted in tangles or a disappointing poodle situation. See this photo of me at prom in 2008 as evidence of the latter.
I took this as a sign that I should never curl my hair again, until my girl Ruby Frost (you know, my girl, like we’re mates) teamed up with V05 and shared these sweet hair tutorials, and I figured I should make another attempt at curls that look natural. I used Ruby’s tutorial for the VO5 ‘Give Me Moisture’ look as inspiration and came up with something I’m definitely going to try again.
I think the other thing I was worried about is that I used to have platinum blonde hair, so my hair is quite damaged and dry. In general, I try to avoid heat styling on my hair, but… sometimes you want to see what it would be like to have curly hair.
If you’re in a rush you can just shampoo and condition your hair as usual. If you have time, though, you can comb this conditioner through your hair and use it as a leave in treatment. Even ten minutes will make a difference! When I do this, I’ll get out of the shower and remove my nail polish, do a face mask or something equally indulgent while I wait. (Or read Twitter.)
Okay, so now that you’ve let your hair dry naturally, it’s curling time. Separate your hair into four or five sections. The larger the sections, the more natural your curls will look – we’re really going for volume rather than defined spiral shapes.
Use a curling iron with a wide barrel. You can go about the curling part in two ways – by starting to wrap your hair around the barrel from the root (as above), or from the end (see below). I like the first option, especially for a look like this, as it gives more volume at the roots and more natural waves.
Continue to work around your head until you’ve got some good wave action going. You can choose your placement, but try to curl away from your face.
With any luck, you’ll look like you’re on the way to your Grade 12 prom at this point. My semi-nervous facial expression in the photo above tells you how I feel about this. But we’re not done, don’t give up!
Comb through the curls with your fingers and use dry shampoo very generously at the roots of your hair for more volume and texture. (The V05 Plump Me Up Dry Shampoo is definitely my new favourite, by the way. Sorry, Batiste.)
Scrunch that through with your fingers to banish the poodle ringlets.
And we’re done! Natural, luscious curls with not even a hint of prom throwback.
Let me know if you try this tutorial out, and definitely share a photo – if you share a selfie with this look or any hair look on expressyourselfie.co.nz you could win a year’s supply of V05 products, among other things! I’m definitely open to a year’s supply of the Plump Me Up Dry Shampoo, though, so you can keep your hands off that prize. Get more info here.
This post originally appeared on nzgirl. It was sponsored by V05 but all opinions and photographs are my own.