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Which Short Hairstyle Works Best for You

We all know a friend who rushed through the Big Chop: you know, the one that had the breakup, or lost her job, or had some other big crisis in their life that led them straight to the salon chair for a fresh new pixie. Hopefully, it turned out great, but for others, it probably didn’t: it’s super important to do your research before making a big decision that you’ll see in the mirror every morning. If you’ve already decided that the Big Chop is on your horizon, use this guide to figure out which one will work best for you.

Figure Out Your Face Shape
The first thing you should do is look in the mirror (surprising, we know). You’re going to try to find your face shape, which will help determine which haircuts lay best on your scalp and help frame your face in the most attractive way. To do this, ask yourself one simple question: What’s the widest part of your face?

  1. Forehead: if your forehead is the widest area and tapers down to your chin, then your face is heart-shaped, otherwise called the “inverted triangle” shape.
  2. Cheekbones: you have a diamond, or long face shape.
  3. Jaw: the opposite of a heart-shaped face, your widest part of your face means you have a pear-shaped or triangular face shape.
  4. No Particular Part: if your face doesn’t have any discernible wider parts than any of the others, you have a round face shape.

Now that you’ve got a handle on what kind of face shape you have, let’s take a look at some of the best short cuts for that shape.

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Heart Shaped Faces
Try a bouncy bob like Diana Agron’s, whose locks hit just at her jawline and angle up to the back of her head. The diagonal line of the cut draws attention to the face, while the shortness makes sure the bob stays fresh and full, not weighed down. Heart-shaped faces are super versatile, so ask your stylist about whether or not bangs would be a good addition: wispy, delicate bangs look adorable and sexy on heart-shaped faces.

Curly bob hairstyle

Diamond Faces
Diamond face shapes are the queens of the deep side parts: the dramatic divide helps show off your statement cheekbones and highlights the eye area. Go for an asymmetrical bob with a deep side part like Rosamund Pike, whose diamond face shape is ultra-flattered by the softness of the cut and the angle of her hairline.

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Pear-shaped Faces
For pear-shaped faces, look for cuts with lots of volume at the top of the head to help even out the dramatic jawline and help balance out the facial structure. We love Michelle Williams’ romantic pixie with lots of crown volume and wispy bangs.

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Round Faces
The most important part of a short cut on a round face is having tons of texture: because the face shape is so symmetrical, you want to add lots of volume and layers to keep from looking younger than you want to. The trick is to create a new shape, not mimic the natural roundness of the face.

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Women with short hair

5 Ways to Style Short Hair

Women with short hair

Okay, you’ve made it: you’ve jumped the great divide into short hair territory. You’ve done the Big Chop. But now, a few months in, you might be kind of bored with your new short hairstyle. Don’t worry—there are just as many ways to have fun with your new short hair as there are reasons to cut it! We compiled a list of our favorite looks.

Braided Bangs
Regardless of whether or not you actually have bangs, this look is one of the easiest and fuss-free styles for short hair. To do this, simply take a quarter of the hair around your hairline (either where your bangs are, or where your bangs would be), and French braid across your head, following your hairline. The end effect will be like having a built-in braided headband: super cute, and you won’t have to worry about your hair falling into your face all day.

Half-Top Knot
We know, we know, it sucks not being able to do a traditional bun. However, the newest trend in short hair style takes a cue from samurais and your yoga teacher: take up only half of your hair and tie it into a cute top-knot with the same technique you’d use on long hair. You’ll have the benefit of looking “done”, but with pretty much zero effort.

Get Crazy with Bobby Pins
One of our favorite trends right now is playing around with bobby pins, especially chevron patterns. To do, take two bobby pins and make a “V”. Stack them all along one side of your hairline (where you used to put barrettes in elementary school) for a minimalist, beauty-blogger vibe. Try a half-up style with a bobby pin triangle in the back for some geometric love, or make some “X”s for an edgier look.

If you want more than just a plain bobby pin, try some bobby pin DIYs: if you’re going for a mermaid vibe, pick up some shells from your local beach; if you’re more of a classic girl, grab some craft store pearls; and if want an old-world Mexico vibe, ceramic roses look beautiful on a bobby pin. Simply grab some hot glue, your object of choice, and a bobby pin: viola, a brand new, unique hair accessory.

Retro Roll
Take a cue from the 50s and try a pinup-style front roll. To do this, simply part your hair deeply to one side, then take the front quarter and twist it. Bobby pin it across your hairline, then gently pull some pieces out (don’t take them out of the actual twist: you just want to give it volume). Finish with some hairspray and you’re good to go!

Accessorize!
One of the easiest parts about styling short hair is the number of hair accessories that can suit even the shortest pixie cut. For a Rosie-the-Riveter vibe, try a folded polka dot hair scarf in place of a regular headband. If you’re more bohemian, try peacock feather extensions for some gypsy flair. If you’re a classicist, you know it’s impossible to go wrong with a simple tortoiseshell headband (just make sure to pick up a faux one: we love our turtles).

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Woman with short curly hair.

Curling Short Hair

Woman with short curly hair.

When it comes to curling and styling hair, most of the descriptions and tutorials you will find are pertaining to shoulder length and longer styles. Whether you’ve had a short style for a while now, or if you just went pixie on a lark, you have every right to enjoy a nice variety of styles that include curls and waves. Just how you go about getting them might require a bit of understanding, but if you’re reading this, you’re in the right place to begin!

Give That Short Bob the Curl!
Whether freshly shampooed or two days ago, begin by dampening your hair. Next, apply the appropriate styling product for your hair structure: for thickly textured hair, styling gel is best. If your hair is fine and/or thin, you need to go with a mousse. Once your product has been applied, blow dry your hair. After drying, give it some volume by brushing with a round brush.

Divide and Conquer
The best way to make sure your curling effort is properly done is to work in sections. First, create a top section and clip that one away with some Darby clips to separate it from the bottom, where you will begin curling. Working with pieces that are sized about ¾ inch to 1 inch and a curling iron with a ¾ inch barrel, spray the strand with a good quality setting spray. Now, curl around the entire bottom section of your hair, spraying each section just before your curl it with the wand, with each side’s curl direction being formed to wrap away from your face. Once you’ve completed the entire bottom section, unclip the top one, and perform the same curling there. Once your hair has fully cooled, you can rake your fingers through the curls and finish with a blast of your favorite hairspray.

Delightfully Curled Pixies
Pixies are no problem, when you have the right technique. In most cases, your flat iron is the best curling tool you have. Next-day or second-day hair will perform more volume and hold than freshly washed tresses. You can create some texture and volume to subtle waves by spraying in some texturizing or beachy hair spray to fully dry hair. Take your ¾” flat iron and after sectioning off the top portion, curl the bottom just slightly by producing some alternating directions for hair “bends,” by closing the plates on your hair about midway and twisting the iron ¼ turn, then slowly lift or move the iron back from the face and away. Do this to both sides, and then unclamp the top section. For a lovely messy windblown pixie, apply the flat iron in the same way, but rotate it a full ½ rotation, and slowly work to ends. You can add in some nice random dimensional effects by taking longer top strands here and there, and first twisting them and then slowly running your flat iron down their length with plates closed on the twist. Let cool, finger-fluff, and shoot with hairspray. The longer top-cut pixies can also be flat-ironed as you would do for a bob, straight and ends turned gently under.

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Woman with short hair

Hairstyles for Short Hair

Woman with short hair

There’s a lot of misgivings about how once you go dramatic with a short haircut, you are, at the same time, simultaneously cutting out all your styling options and forever relegating yourself to one or two styles at best. With a lot of credit where credit is due–some bobby pins nicely spray-coated by dry shampoo and some rad texturizing formulations make short hair something to totally rock.

What Short Hair Means
Funny how the mention of “short hair” conjures up a whole myriad of concepts about what “short” really means. In all fairness, “short hair” probably best begins at a jawline point and can go all the way up to close-cropped tresses that make “pixie” cuts appear super long. Ultimately, the exact length of your “short hair” will never matter as much as what you wind up doing with it. With a rich slurry of amazing products and techniques for everything pixie to short-ish hair, there is literally no end to what you can come up with, to rock any occasion.

Halle Berry.

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Celebs Know About Secret Versatility of Shorter Hairstyles
When it comes to short cuts, there are no shortcuts to simplify the responsibility that even the shortest styles transport. With tons of tips from the short-cut celebs like Halle Berry, with her wildly-worked hair flair atop her Hollywood head, she’s trading in her former volume for silky smooth layering cut to frame her face, creating a gorgeous long-swept fringed effect. Michelle William’s creatively blended top jagged cut pixie layers convey the perfect artistry for sophisticated dressing effects. These cuts with long measures of choppy tops and cut short bottoms make for easy transition to formal style with a little texturizing and some good hairspray–and you’re done!

Short Color-Rocking Hair
Short hair is an excellent way to show off some major color dimension, from modern balayage, to progressive ombre. It’s all in the precision that goes into layering throughout the layers, and some beachy wave spray. Chelsea Kane’s rich color effects come to life with a sophisticated cut that separates while blending ice blonde streaks with significantly darker strands for color that’s all simpatico.

Charlize Theron

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Pixie Power
Charlize Theron has been sporting shorter cuts for her lovely blond tresses for a while, but she’s taken it to a different level in chopping off even more, to pixie length with long bangs, and turning toward a diminished volume in favor of straight soft lines. Her edges are less jagged-cut for edges that fall together and move together. It’s a fine, formal hairstyle. Sami Gayle’s pixie is all about head-turning drama, with its obviously disproportionate-cut staggered lengths. This cut is ideal for anyone with a round face (and a little black dress!) In an entirely different, more windswept look that’s every bit as formally fashionable, Audrey Tautou rocks the pixie with a fully razored style that’s cut short near the head in the back and sides. The many top layers are jagged-cut and beautifully blended in a way that makes this cut great for any face shape, and a lovely go-to-do for anything dressy.

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Woman with red hair

Color Melting – New Technique for Natural Looks

Woman with red hair

There are numerous reasons why the top hair secrets of the pros remain hidden from the mainstream public, with the main one being that if they were to get out, a lot of these guys would be out of work. Because their profession calls for them to always be devising new innovations for gorgeous hair effects and styling enhancements, it’s what they do. Thankfully, a few of them are not very worried about being displaced by any home-based hair expert wannabes, so they are happy to keep us well-informed with the basics for the most current trending techniques and styles. Typically, these are the styling artists whose work is so highly revered that they’re the ones the celebs swear by. And now, for your reading pleasure, here’s the latest: Color Melting.

Color Melting, Defined
Ever since we learned about Ombre a few years ago, coloring techniques have been on a continuous stream of improving and outdoing themselves, one right after another. If you’re stumped by the technique’s name, don’t be. First, this kind of melting does not involve any heat source, with melting used to describe the effects of the color placement, only. In a nutshell, color melting is what you get when you take all of the top coloring techniques since ombre’s origin and put the best of them all together into one process and improve them beyond where they left off. And in a melting process that is superbly gradual and slow, colors are delivered to the hair strands that become lighter, with no exact discernable point where the color can be seen changing. Color melting succeeds at what every other technique has tried to do and has failed.

The How
In color melting, each highlight–regardless of color or hue–is blended with the hair’s base color first, and from there includes a multitude of softly progressive shades of the same color, which eliminates any telltale demarcation lines.

Making Pinks and Blues Appear Natural
This coloring technique has already hit big among celebs, with progressions softly blending silvery blond effects into gentle pinks, rich browns that fade down into teal-tinted blondes and intermingling of rich grays with subtle shades of violet-plums. On the more natural side, There are lovely caramelized effects that are richly dense with shade after shade, gently progressing just enough to absolutely rock the color.

Already A “Most Requested” Color Choice for Hollywood Heads
Among the stars who are being seen sporting this fresh, new technique are J.Lo–going for a more natural mix of goldens, blondes and rich caramels, and Hilary Duff’s sexy, exotic remake that includes a glam progression beginning with semi-dark roots that spill into light blonde silver, and turning into a well appointed violet pink proceeding all the way in melting fashion down her long, long tresses. Vanessa Hudgens was already killing this style a couple of years ago, working it all the way on her long and wavy locks color-melted by blond to aqua, and Rihanna’s waist-hitting ponytail ends are a softly subtle silver, while it’s impossible to see at which point they actually depart from the root color of black-brown sheen to go grey. Color melting so works.

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Woman getting her hair styled

Defining Your Curls Naturally

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You may have naturally curly hair, but those beautiful, defined curls that you see on models and celebrities don’t just happen naturally. If you left your hair to its own devices and just washed and combed it every day, it would be a frizzy mess. There are certain unwritten rules that curly haired people must abide by to get the best-looking locks! To get beautiful, defined curls, you need to take a few special steps. Here are a few tips to get those defined curls you want naturally:

Use the Right Products in the Shower
If you have curly hair, you don’t have to actually shampoo your hair. Ever. In fact, if you do shampoo, you can actually dry out your hair and make it more frizzy. Instead, you should just stick to a cleansing conditioner. You’ll get the cleaning you need without stripping your hair of its natural oils. If you must use a shampoo, use an all-natural option that is free of sulfates. Don’t wash your hair every time you get in the shower – once or twice a week should do the trick.

Dry Your Hair Properly
Blow drying your curly hair will cause it to be dry and frizzy. If you absolutely must blow dry your hair — such as if you wake up late and have to get to work ASAP — make sure you use a diffuser. Otherwise, always leave time to allow your hair to air dry. You can use a t-shirt or other cotton cloth to wring out any excess moisture, or you can just use your hands. Air drying  paired with an anti-frizz serum are always best for curly hair. Do not go to sleep with wet hair. Lying on a pillow will only flatten out your curls and result in an oily looking scalp with flat hair – not the look you are going for!

Woman using a hair dryer.

Choose a Defining Routine
The type of curl you have will depend on what type of defining routine you choose. A basic routine consists of applying a styling gel, custard or other moisturizing product to your hair and scrunching up your curls by cupping your hand. You should then leave the curls to dry completely without touching them. Touching them will only cause them to frizz. For tighter curls, you can add a large amount of leave-in conditioner to your hair and use a Denman brush to gently comb out the curls to give them definition. Then finger comb, smooth and twirl the curls to give them more definition, and allow them to dry. You can also twist your curls by wrapping small sections of hair around your finger. The method allows even those with different types of curls to get a more uniform look. Always leave your hair to dry without touching it.

Getting naturally beautiful curls is not difficult. You just have to use the right products and the right routine. Over time, you’ll learn what works best for your curls and your hair will thank you for it!

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How to Get Wavy Hair

Woman with curly hair

When it comes to getting gorgeous, wavy hair, your best friend is a tool–and that tool is your flat iron. It’s your go-to tool to get down with some seriously sumptuous hair bending. Your flat iron has in its DNA all the power and versatility you need for every wave possible, Here some top forms of working wave wonder into your styling routine–that’s already contained in the mind of your flat iron:

Don’t Do it Dirty
Whenever you’re going to be using heated styling tools, you should start out on clean, dry hair. It’s OK to heat style the day following a shampoo, if you haven’t gotten sweaty or been around a dirty environment. Even though all the trends point to styling power you can get by styling dirty hair, who cares how good you LOOK if you smell so bad that no one wants to come within 10 feet of you? If your hair needs some texturizing help for better gripping action, spray on some dry shampoo, staying away from the roots. but before you get to the dry shampoo, first make sure to apply a protective balm or serum all over your strands. On “day-old” hair, before the protection, mist your hair to dampen it with some water, for better spreadability.

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The Salt-Down
The best beachy waves–and all the others, too begin with good sea salt sprays. The best ones for your hair are actually made with Epsom salts–which won’t dry your hair like regular salt will. (Misnomer? yep.) For curly girls with ample volume, only use a tad of this product. For those with flat, fine or thin hair, experiment with using as much as possible to get the luscious results you deserve. Brands can vary, and it may take a few tries to find the one you prefer. You would use sea salt spray in lieu of dry shampoo, as it is formulated to perform the same, but without cleaning your hair. You apply it to wet or dry hair and before heating up the styling tools, allow your hair to fully dry.

Wave Variations to Know
From teeny-tiny to big, loose waves–your flat iron can do it all! For the most part, heat styling begins with “breaking it down,” or sectioning off your hair into at least two, but often more areas, with styling beginning at the bottom sections and moving up. Here are some to try:

  • Braided Waves: This easy trick has been around forever, with the beauty of braids giving you two styles in one. The first one is the actual braids–usually one in the middle back, or two side braids that typically begin at the jawline and go to the ends. You’ll get cool effects by stopping the braids a couple inches before the ends, too. The second style comes when you take out your braids. You just rake your fingers through your unbraided hair, and after a minimum of a few hours, you simply enjoy the waves. Your flat iron can give you style #2 immediately, by braiding dry hair into big to medium to small braids and then one by one, close the plates of your flat iron down on the top of the braiding and slowly progress down to where the braiding ends. Make sure your hair is completely cooled off before unbraiding and raking. Quick, powerful and lovely.
  • The Wound Wave Effect: This one is super easy and fast. You begin this about two inches from the roots, and you position the open flat iron plates together there. On one of the “arms” of the iron, wrap and wrap each strand to be waved, leaving only the tip ends out. Once fully wound, close the plates together and hold for around 3-5 seconds. Without unwinding your wound strand, gently slip the flat iron down and out. Allow each strand to fully cool, undisturbed. The size of waves will be determined by the width of your iron.
  • Aluminum Foil Waves: This cool hot hack can give you everything from fro-sized kinky waves to loose and lovely beach locks. With smaller waves needing more and smaller sections, and loose ones vice versa, take 5” long pieces of aluminum foil and roll them or fold them up enough to give them dependable styling body. When you’re done, hold onto these foil pieces for another time. You choose the strands and their size. You can even mix up the size of strands to produce some killing versatility of wave sizes. Secure each wound strand with a bobby pin. Once all your hair is wound up, take your flat iron and close the plates upon the top of each strand and slowly run it down the entire length and leave alone. Make sure everything is cooled down, and remove the foil strips. Do not use a brush on this one, unless you are going for a full-on fro! Finger raking is all that’s needed. Shoot with flexible hold hairspray and dash.
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Woman getting her hair curled.

Different Tools for Different Curls

There was a time when tools for curls were all called rollers or curlers, and some were bobby pins–for pin curls. Prior to these modern curl makers, women had rags. During the 60s and into the 70s, the curlers de rigeur were juice cans and toilet paper roll holders. And, without heat styling tools, whatever form of curling tool was used had to be slept on–or with–sure to produce a less than ideal sleep. Then came blow dryers–and from this came round bristle brushes that were used in conjunction with the wind and the heat of the blow dryers to produce curls, with a variety of diameters of round brushes for different sized curls.

The Next Big Thing
The big thing of the late 80s and on into the 90s was, oddly, the crimping iron. In looking back, it seems strange that a tool to crimp hair preceded one to straighten it, but it did. It is a burgeoning opinion among many circles that the crimping iron has not yet seen its demise, so watch for news. For a lot of aspiring YouTubers, the next big thing is their biggest goal, with a myriad of video “hacks” that seem to mostly be variations of the rag-tied curls of yore. You’ll find video tutorials on curling effects using (no kidding,) baby wipes, tampons, paper bags, shoelaces, socks and aluminum foil. Enough said on this–now onto the current legitimate curling methods.

It’s a no-brainer that the type of curls you’ll get depend on the size/diameter of curling tool you use. The larger the barrel, the looser your curls will be and vice versa. Another significant factor in determining your final results has to do with the length of your locks. What follows is a breakdown of results you might expect from different wand sizes, from smallish to bigger. Note that there are

Woman getting her hair curled.

Imminent Change
A few reasons why the curling wand is replacing the curling iron:

  • They’re easier to use–on a huge level
  • Without clamps and clips, they’re quicker, and don’t leave telltale marks on your hair voluminous
  • It offers a better method of producing voluminous curls.
  • You get curls with more shine.
  • They are less damaging to the hair shaft, strands and roots.
  • They can come closer to the scalp.
  • Because they’re clipless, you have a lot more dexterity in styling maneuvers–and none of those telltale marks that clips tend to leave behind.

From One to One and One Half
Basically, the 1” barrel is the go-to tool for short, medium–chin length hair down to the collarbones, producing a tight curl with dramatic appeal. Moving on upward to the 1.25” wand barrel, which tends to be a favorite of them all. This ideal size ensures uniformity of perfect curls–does best when angled vertically to the face. It’s where to start out. The 1.5” barrel is where those luxurious beachy waves begin to take place. For the softest, most touchable looking tresses.

Wands With Style Options
The best curling wands are those which offer a variety of sizes of barrels, which means you don’t have to purchase an arsenal of Fort Knox proportion in order to rock a bunch of trendy curls without having to resort to tampons, ugh!

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Woman with curly hair

Taming Wild Curls

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Curls are trending like nobody’s business, and with so many naturally curly girls letting the strands “fly where they may,” there’s a fine line that’s beginning to evolve, between “natural” and “gnarly.” The world is just not yet ready for some of the wilder forms of hair expressing itself freely, and so the business of suitable curl control is also big business with this trend. Everyone with curls is on a secret quest to perfect their curls, and the truth be known–they’re going through an amazing number of products and practices to get there. The results? Not as great as promised, for the most part. Follow along for some tips on getting your curly children to behave.

Your Water-Drenched Curl Power
Without getting too heady, when your hair comes in massive contact with water, your hair’s natural hydrogen and salt bonds become weakened and ultimately broken. Your hair will never feel so pliable and soft as when it’s in this state. The danger here is that your hair is in its weakest state when wet, even though those heavy, elongated and beautifully separated curls would be the bomb to have all the time. Then, you leave the shower and as your hair dries, the look fades, and eventually vanishes, and your hair will once more be rigid and unruly.

Target That Frizz Effectively
Your curls might be lovely, for the most part, if you could only do something about those random rogue strays that are the authors of frizz. Aligning them with other curls is the objective you’re after here. And it can be done.

Choose Your Products Wisely
By using the right products, you can define your curls with precise accuracy, and manipulate exact curl patterns by using rods, a comb or even your fingers to address every strand with articulate twisting and coiling that is even and part of a whole frizz-free look. Look for products that are formulated with fixative properties, as otherwise, all your hard work won’t last, and your luscious curls will soon do what you had hoped they wouldn’t do. Once you have completed styling your curls, seal the deal with the right oil based product, for extra lasting power and shine with tame strays.

Divide and Conquer
Banishing wild, independent strays is a process that takes time. This is why you will always see a lot of women for whom free frizzies are a given part of their look. There is no “one big sweep” to be done here. You must work with small sections, making sure to work the product through it evenly, while training each one. Then, as your hair dries, the product will lock in your efforts and prevent those careless looking strays from hijacking your hairstyle.

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Woman curling hair

How to Get the Curls You Want

Woman curling hair

There are so many gorgeous new forms of curls making their way onto the fashion scene today, and while they might all look easy, and especially as they’re so casual looking, they can be, but without the proper technique, anyone attempting to produce these stylish curls is going to produce more frustration than anything resembling the curls they desire. Don’t despair, as there’s help on the horizon–and with a little bit of how-to, along with a little practice, you can be adding beachy, boho or any other style of curls to your hairstyle repertoire, with confidence and ease.

Curl Goes Beyond Natural
In searching for one destination where every type of curl is offered in tutorial form, you aren’t liable to find all that much, even though it makes perfect sense to offer them all together. Aside from those naturally occurring curls that some people were just naturally blessed with–from good genes, today’s women have a wonderful wealth of styling tools that enable women everywhere who, with a little electricity, can shape their hair in the exact manner they desire, to create every different type of curl they would ever want.

Waves for Everyday
This quick and easy style is started out at the top middle section of your hair and moves down, section by section. It makes a nice go-to curl that can be accomplished more quickly than other forms of heat curling. These waves can be curled in different directions, and are created by placing the wand a good distance from the roots, and beginning about midway down the strand, wrapping the hair around the wand, continuing to wrap until you reach the end of the strand. Remove wand and allow to fully cool, then rake your fingers through and go!

Set Heat Bottom-to-Top Curls
This form of heat styling involves curling the hair from the ends up, about halfway toward the scalp. Just as soon as you remove the curling iron, take the curled hair and roll it back up using your fingers and secure with a setting clip and allow to cool completely. These curls will hold longer, when held in position to curl.

Woman with wavy hair.

Waves, a la Flat Iron
These waves are particularly good for short hairstyles, because of all the control you have over where they go, as well as how close together you place the zig zags. On your first couple of go-rounds, you may feel a little frustration, but with some practice, you’ll get this amazing form of hair curling down, and make big waves, wherever you go.

Curls, a la Flat Iron
Who said it couldn’t be done? The distinction of creating curls using a flat iron is that you press the strands from both sides, which prevents the hair from becoming too puffy or frizzy. Because of the way it bends the hair, it’s not advisable as an everyday hairstyle, but on a special occasion, it’ll rock the event. Begin by wrapping your hair around one side of the flat iron, starting at the midway point and moving toward the ends. Close both sides together and hold. Next, gently pull out the side you just used, and while attempting to keep the hair wound, move it over to the other side of the flat iron, positioning it so that the parts of the hair that were not curled on the first go-round will be the ones receiving the heat this time. Close, hold, release and allow to cool before raking your fingers through your gorgeous zig zags.

Wand-Curled Hair
This method involves beginning at the strand’s halfway point and wrapping around and around the wand till you reach the tips. This is the more voluminous form, with the other one being to first twist the hair, and then wrap the twisted hair around the barrel, which creates more compact waves. Another method is to twist the first half of the hair as it’s wrapped, and then leave the next half untwisted but wound. More of a boho effect with multi-dimension, for sure!

Braid-Curled Flat Iron Hair
This style is performed on braided hair. The number of braids is up to you, but it works best on hair that is braided from the halfway point on down to the ends. Take your flat iron and clamp it together at the top of the braid, and slowly work your way down the braid, making sure the hair receives sufficient heat as you move down. Once the braids have fully cooled, you then unbraid gently and rake your fingers through these luxe locks!

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