This weekend I’m heading off on a hen do with the girls and my thoughts all week have been about what to wear and how to make the best of my current grown out haven’t-got-to-the-hairdresser’s-yet hair. Those of you who embraced January Joy may remember some of my hair resolutions. I love my short brunette bob but the fact remains that I am lazy/busy and don’t get it trimmed and styled as regularly as I should. That leaves me with inbetween lengths and a bit of a shaggy mess on my hands. However, on the plus side, it does give me a little bit more to work with when it comes to styling and some length to practise my curling technique.
Over recent years, I haven’t really mastered the technique of curling hair, even with the advice of the FF community. I’ve tried using ceramic straighteners and curling wands without sucess that I can replicate reliably. When I have asked for advice in the past, the majority of you use ceramic stylers such as GHD’s, so when GHD contacted me to review their hair straighteners, I figured this was my chance to get it nailed.
I thought I would do a little step by step here on how I curl my shorter hair and see if you guys had any tips?
My hair is fine but with a frizzy wave and so I started by rough drying it using a volumising mousse and then smoothing over with a round brush. To create volume, I smoothed out the ends, section by section, then rolled the hair back up around the brush to cool.
Next I sectioned off the hair and misted with a heat protecting spray. Dividing the hair into 1 inch chunks I started curling. To do this I hold the styler upright and my hair out at 90 degrees to my head. Then I clamp the styler onto my hair and turn it 180 degrees whilst still holding the hair out straight and pulling the styler along the hair. The hair goes through a kind of ‘S’ shape that way and once it falls out of the styler I twirl it around my finger to find the curl. I also find this technique works better when you feed the whole piece of hair through this figure of 8, so don’t miss the last bit!
Repeat around the head, trying to mix the size of hair chunk you use and the direction of the curl (although I should know, all of this is easier said than done!)
The end result is some tight ringlet curls. Use your fingers and a bit of glossing serum to break of the curls by running your fingers through them until they look more wavy and relaxed and finish with hair spray if you wish. I always resort to a kirby grip to pin the front pieces back. 😉
I was really impressed by the GHD hair straighteners. Having tried the technique before, I was afraid that they would cause my fine hair to go limp and the curl to flop, but hours later they were still volumised and intact, even without hairspray. Any qualms I had with the end result was definitely down to my styling skills and you know what they say… practice makes perfect – I’m definitely going to keep trying!
So tell me ladies, do you use GHD’s and do you have any tips for me?
PS To those of you lamenting the lack of frock-age today… I really couldn’t find one I was happy sharing! If you’ve seen something particularly lust-worthy, please let me know!
Disclaimer: Rebecca was gifted the GHD Gold V Classic Styler in Sahara Gold by GHD, but if she wouldn’t recommend it to a friend, you wouldn’t be hearing about it here.