It's wild to think there was a time where dead-straight hair was what we all aspired to.
Scroll through Instagram, and - if you look at hair as much as I do - you'll notice;
Curls are everywhere.
Because of one word:
Curls and waves give your hair volume, tenfold.
It's that extra shush you need when your hair is fine or feeling flat.
And if there's one thing we've learned from Beyoncé:
It's that there are many different ways to curl your hair.
Tight curls, tousled beachy waves, big voluminous blow-out, the list goes on.
Here's the pitch:
If you're finding yourself in a hairstyle rut - change up your curling game.
You already know how changing up your hair can make you feel like a shiny new you.
Simply trying a new wave or curl can do just the trick.
Before you try any of these styles, my best tip for curling your hair is:
Always use heat protector spray!
I can't stress enough how important it is to protect your hair from heat.
The same goes if you're styling your Sitting Pretty Halo extensions.
The SP Halo is made from real human Remy hair so it should also be sprayed with a heat protectant before any heat styling.
Now, let's start your curling education.
Soft waves using the THICK Sitting Pretty Halo in col. Beige Blonde + Dark Blonde 613/10 for extra length and volume.
STYLING TIME: 10 - 15 minutes
These soft, gentle waves are my personal go-to.
Mainly, because I can get a little lazy with my hair, and with this hairstyle, you can curl faster as you don't have to worry so much about the curls dropping.
The rule of thumb is:
The bigger the curling barrel, the looser the curl.
I find 38mm is a good width for these waves.
Although the barrel size also depends on the length of your hair.
If you've got shorter hair, you may want a slightly smaller barrel so you can still wrap your hair around the barrel.
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Beachy waves using the THICK Sitting Pretty Halo in col. Beige Blonde 613.
STYLING TIME: 10 - 20 minutes
A word of advice for creating sea-salt inspired waves:
Throw any curling technique out the window.
Beachy hair is untamed and natural.
Curls should be uneven.
Your hair should look more 'bed hair' and less 'I just spent 20 minutes curling my hair'.
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Soft curls using the THICK Sitting Pretty Halo in col. Cream Blonde 20C.
STYLING TIME: 15 - 30 minutes
These dreamy soft curls take a little longer to do but are perfect for an occasion where you get glam'd up.
Curling your hair like this is a little more advanced.
Only because you need a tighter barrel and the curls all need to be the same thickness and going in the same direction.
If you have heated rollers, you could also use medium or large rollers to create these curls.
But using a curling wand is quicker and will hold longer.
Use a smaller curling wand (around 25mm barrel).
Natural curls using the THICK Sitting Pretty Halo in col. Dark Brown 2.
STYLING TIME: 20 - 30 minutes
This is the kind of curl that makes it seem like curly hair is in your genes.
It requires a skinny curling barrel - around 16-19mm - and of course texture spray.
The key to these natural looking curls is to curl super small sections of hair and alternate the direction of the curl each time.
Watch the video below to see exactly how it's done:
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Blow out waves using the THICK Sitting Pretty Halo in col. Ash Blonde 18.
STYLING TIME: 20 - 30 minutes
Do NOT try waving your own hair using a blow-dryer and a round hairbrush, unless you have experience doing it.
I tried it once and it resulted in my hair getting stuck in the brush so badly that I had to cut my hair out of the brush. (heh sigh*)
I'm still trying to grow that said piece of hair back to the same length as the rest. It's tragic.
Now that I've scared you enough to not attempt a DIY blow-out, here's how to fake a salon blow-out with a curler...
The secret to a fake blow out is using a big curling wand with a clamp.
The way you curl your hair for these waves is by clamping the curler to your section of hair, then pulling the curler down your hair almost as if you're straightening it.
Once the curler is at the tip of your hair, roll the curler back up your hair so that the entire section of hair is wrapped around the curler once again.
This will create big soft curls at the end of your hair.
Let cool, then brush out.