When you have straight hair, it may seem next-to-impossible to get bouncy, defined curls. My hair is stick straight, so I understand the struggle. Today I'm going to share a few tips that have helped me, and hopefully they'll help you, too! Read on to learn how to get defined curls in a few simple steps.
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When I graduated last month, I knew I wanted to wear my hair in curls under my graduation cap. I thought it would look better than wearing it straight, because I was worried I might get a line from the cap that would show up more with straight hair than it would with curls. (Yes, I actually think of things like that. lol)
How to get Defined Curls:
- Start with clean, dry hair. My current favorite shampoos and conditioners are Redken's All Soft that I picked up recently during ULTA's semi-annual “Liter Sale”.
- Use a comb to separate a center section of hair from your forehead to the base of your neck, like you're creating a mohawk. Clip the sides or put them in a ponytail while you're working on the top.
- Begin adding curlers to the mohawk section. I start at my bangs and roll the first three rollers forward, towards my face. Once I hit the crown (the upper back portion) of my head, I roll those sections backwards and under (towards the base of my neck) to create lift at my roots. For the sides of my head, I also roll the curlers under (towards my neck) to create lift.
- Let the hot rollers set until they've cooled completely, then take them out. After you've removed them, wait a minute or two before doing anything else so the curls can completely cool and set.
- Spray mousse in your hands, then flip your head upside down and scrunch fingers through the roots of your hair…like you would if you were rubbing shampoo into your hair. The mousse I use is Frederic Fekkai Full Blown Volume Styling Whip.
- Flip your head/hair back upright again and style it with your fingers. Your roots should have a lot of lift! You can individually twist each curl to shape it. I recommend not brushing because it takes away the curls (this tutorial is all about getting defined curls, after all). You can spray with a light hairspray if you want extra hold, but mine usually stays put pretty well.
The End Result:
I recently had blonde balayage added to my hair for the summer, so my hair is lighter than usual around my face and towards the ends.
My Pop Pop came to TX for my graduation, so I convinced him to take a few pics with me. He's such a cutie! He kept making me laugh while we were taking pictures.
Pop Pop and I look sharp all dressed up for my graduation ceremony, don't we? 🙂
I kept my makeup simple and classic for graduation. This classic Audrey Hepburn look would be great if you want to recreate something similar. My necklace and earrings are from Nordstrom: Kendra Scott ‘Danielle' Drop Earrings in Gold/Turquoise and Kendra Scott ‘Rayne' Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace in Gold/Turquoise.
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Thanks for reading, and please let me know in the comments if you have any questions. Have a great week!