I've been getting my hair inspiration from Olivia Palermo recently and have been wearing my hair in long, loose curls. Her hair looks amazing in every photo I've ever seen of her! She's a model and socialite who always looks flawless (in case you were wondering). Here are a couple shots of her gorgeous hair:
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Nourish Hair from Within
The first step towards getting bouncy curls like Olivia's is to nourish it from within so it will be healthy and shiny! The healthy foods you consume contain vitamins and nutrients that help hair to grow long and strong. A typical female needs around 1,200 calories per day — even more if you're really active! Be sure you're eating healthy foods and getting enough of them, since a diet too low in calories will starve your hair of the essentials it needs to grow.
Go for Trims Regularly
Olivia's hair never looks like it has split ends, so that's another reason why it appears so unbelievably bouncy and healthy. Experts suggest trimming the ends every 6-8 weeks. You don't need to have a lot trimmed off unless hair is really dry and damaged at the end. Ask your stylist to inspect your ends to see how much needs to be trimmed. It's a good idea to trim it above any split ends you have so they won't split any further. Once you've trimmed all the dead weight, you can concentrate on growing healthy hair from then on out!
Protect Hair from Harmful Elements
Once you've trimmed the broken hair, the next step is to find a really good hair protectant — both to give hair shine and to prevent further damage. I have quite a few that I like! I recommend Kerastase Elixir Ultime, but it's a little on the pricey side. It hydrates my hair without weighing it down and makes it feel soft, but never greasy. I also recommend this Macadamia Oil Healing Treatment from Amazon.com (you can also pick it up at Target!). It's more “college budget” friendly and the smell is absolutely amazing!!
Finally, if you prefer a spray-on treatment option, TRESemme Keratin Flat Iron Smoothing Spray is one I also use and highly recommend.
Use the Right Tool for the Job
The next step to getting bouncy curls is to find the perfect curling iron or flat iron. You can use either, but I've been using a curling iron because I recently got one as a Christmas present that I really love! To create loose curls, grab a two-inch section of hair and wrap it around the barrel of the curling iron. Curl hair from roots to tips while pointing the barrel down towards the floor. Hold hair tightly around the barrel for 10 – 20 seconds, then release. I recommend the NuMe 25mm Tourmaline Curling Wand (and yes, that wand with the 25mm barrel is what I used to get the curls above).
Finish Off with a Light Spray for Hold
The final step to amazing curls is to hold your hair in place with a great hairspray. I like using one with a fairly light hold so my curls will still bounce. My favorite is the Sebastian Shaper Spray. (I get the original formula, not the Plus+ formula.) I live in a really humid, Southern climate, and this spray holds my hair all day without feeling sticky. It's also not stiff, so it's good for days when I want that loose, bouncy look like Olivia Palermo. If you read the reviews on Amazon or ULTA, you'll see that it's a really great hairspray that lots of people recommend!
For more hair tips, check out one of my most popular hair posts of all-time (even thought it's an older one) or visit the hair section of the blog. Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions.