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Lionesse Tips For Curling Your Hair Like A Professional woman curling hair

Tips For Curling Your Hair Like A Professional

Woman curling hair

Do you like curling your hair?  So many women love the look of curled hair, but can get frustrated when trying to actually achieve the look.  Of course, our favorite celebs make it look so easy to have gorgeously curled hair – it helps to have a team of professionals on staff, right?  Well, the good news for you is we’ve found some of the tips the pros use to curl hair and we’re sharing them with you!  Yep, we’re sharing tips for curling your hair like a professional – so you can start to curl your hair to look like your favorite celebs.

Use the The Right Size Curling Iron
Naturally, to get that gorgeously curled hairstyle you’re going to want to make use of a curling iron.  They’re great tools to use to accomplish a curled look, but even if you’re using a curling iron you may feel like you’re not getting the look you want.  Why?  It could be because you’re not using the right size curling iron.  When looking to use a curling iron you want to consider the size of the barrel of the curling iron, the size of the barrel will be a direct indication of the size curls that you’ll achieve from using it.  So the smaller the barrel size the tighter the curls and the reversed for the larger barrel sizes.

Curling iron

Prep Your Hair
When really achieving a professionally curled hairstyle look, you want to make sure that you’re prepping your hair properly.  Yes, this means you’re not going to want to just jump to using a curling iron to your hair right away.  For starters, make sure that your hair is completely dry before doing anything.  But before drying, experts suggest adding in a heat protectant product to make sure that you’re keeping your hair’s health protected.  In addition, adding a bit of gel/cream/mousse to your hair when it’s wet will help your hair hold the curls once you begin the actual curling process.

Get the Process Down Pat
For the best results when curling your hair you’re going to want to start using the process that the experts do.  What is that process?  After you curl your hair and it’s completely dried, begin by sectioning your hair by pulling it all up and just leaving a section at the nape of the neck.  This will allow you to curl your hair in chunks and have more control over the curling process.  In addition to curling your hair in sections, experts suggest curling the pieces in different directions.  Curling your hair in different directions as you go through curling your hair will give it a more natural look and that effortless curled hair that the professionals always seem to achieve so easily.  Finally, after you curl all your hair allow your hair to cool down before touching it.  Allowing your hair to cool will make sure that the curls last, once it’s been cooled you can go about styling your hair how you please.

woman with short cut

Styling Bowl Cuts, Lobs & Bobs

woman with short cut

Shorter, edgier hair styles have been all the rage the past year or so.  There are so many fun and inventive ways that hair experts have found a way to create a unique hair cut leaving ladies with a haircut that’s completely different than anything they’ve rocked in the past.  The downside of these shorter type of hair styles is that they can leave you feeling a bit stuck in a styling rut when it comes to actually styling your hair.  We decided to share some of our ideas on styling bowl cuts, lobs and bobs to give you a dose of inspiration if you’ve been rocking this type of haircut, or been thinking about it.

Mix Up the Texture of Your Hair
One of our favorite ways to really switch things up with these types of haircuts is to mix up the texture you do for your hair.  Meaning…try out a stick straight style a few days then switch things up to textured waves the next.  It’s a great way to feel like you have a lot of variety with your hairstyle (because you do!), but also still really show off your fun haircut.  To really make the most of the different textures you’ll want to make sure you use the hair care products accordingly – so if you want waves, looking for texturizing products, if you want straight hair look for products that really emphasize straight hair.  In addition to mixing up the different texture of your haircut another fun way to make it feel like it’s different is to change up the way you part your hair.  It may seem like a little thing, but it can create a totally different look at feel to your hair style.

woman short hair braid

Add a Braid
Another hair style that so many ladies with shorter hair tend to be afraid to rock, but it’s such a fun and easy way to change up the way you style your hair when you have a shorter length.  One of the best things about braids is that you can wear them in so many different ways.  Our favorite ways for shorter haircut ladies to rock them is a braid near the hairline in front and/or a braid created in the middle of the top of the head that leads into a half updo/top knot type of style.

Half Up Style
Another one of our favorite ways to style these types of haircuts is to work with a half up hair style.  This isn’t just a hair style that’s reserved for those with long hair.  So often ladies with shorter hair feel like they can’t wear their hair back but with a half up hair style it allows you to get the feel of an updo (or half way, at least) and mix up your hair styles a bit.  Use bobby pins to secure the hair and play around with how you pull your hair back.  Creating little braids or twists to pull pieces of hair towards the back of your head is a great way to create the look in so many different ways.

woman with curly hair

Tips for Creating Natural Looking Waves

woman with curly hair

Spring and summer are quickly approaching, and there’s something about those seasons that leaves so many of us eager to achieve those flawlessly gorgeous waves in our hair.  Some of our favorite celebs are able to achieve those waves with the help of experts.  But we know that you’re like us and you don’t have a team of professionals to help you on a daily basis.  But truthfully, we don’t think you need a team of pros!  We’re all about creating gorgeous hair on our own at home, and we’re sharing our favorite tips for creating natural looking waves to help you create those gorgeous waves yourself.

Use a Wave Boosting Product
So many hair styles that we all want to create can really be enhanced through the use of the right hair care products.  Creating natural looking waves is no different.  Fortunately, we live in a world where there are a ton of amazing hair care products.  One of the key steps to really creating those natural looking waves is to make sure that you’re utilizing a wave enhancing hair care product.  Using this type of product when your hair is wet/drying has really been found to help bring out the natural wave and texture in your hair to create that natural look effortlessly.

Add Texture to Your Hair
One of the other gorgeous things about natural looking waves is the great texture those hair styles always seem to have.  While your hair might not have that natural beachy type of texture, it’s something that you can create really easily yourself.  Experts suggest spritzing your hair with dry shampoo OR a sea salt spray to really create a gorgeous texture to help enhance the look of natural looking waves.  The texture helps to make the look more natural in appearance and give you those waves that you love.

woman using curling iron

Use Different Sizes
If you’re more of a curling iron type of lady, you can definitely create natural looking waves with the use of a curling iron.  The key, according to experts, to really create the natural looking wave is to make sure that you’re using different sizes for the curls.  Meaning, grab different size chunks of hair when curling your hair and rotate the direction in which you curl your hair.  This helps to make sure that you’re creating a natural look, and it’s pretty easy to do!

Twist Your Hair
Another one of our favorite tips for creating natural looking waves is to use the time you’re sleeping to style your hair.  Yep, we said sleeping.  Experts suggest that taking a shower at night can help you create natural looking waves that take no time in the morning to actually style.  Twisting your hair into buns while it’s damp at night and sleeping with it like that allows you to just take the buns down, run your fingers through (spritz some product) and be done.  The twists help to create a natural wavy look without the use of any heated hair styling products.  Not to mention, it takes barely any time at all to do.

woman super straight hair

What It Takes To Get Poker Straight Hair

woman super straight hair

Straight hair has grown to become pretty popular in the trend world recently.  While we were living in a world where waves and curls have been the main goal for a while, things are shifting a bit.  Let’s be honest though, it’s what’s one of the most exciting parts of the beauty and fashion industries.  Any time the trends shift it can take a bit of getting used to really knowing how to style your hair to achieve that look successfully.  Getting that super straight hair isn’t always easy, so we’re sharing tips on what it takes to get poker straight hair.

Use Straightening Hair Products
One of the first tricks to really getting that poker straight hair you want is to make use of straightening hair care products.  You know, the hair care products like shampoo and conditioner that you already use but in formulas that promote straight hair.  Using these types of products is a great way to set your hair up for a straighter look.  Since these types of products have been specially formulated to make your hair straighter it helps you have a head start, and much more successful results with really getting that straight look you want for your hair.  In addition to using straightening shampoo and conditioning products, many experts suggest looking into using frizz control/smoothing products as well as they also tend to really help to create that poker straight look and eliminate any frizz that your hair may naturally have.

woman drying hair

Dry Your Hair Straight
It may seem obvious, but when your hair is wet you’re going to want to make the most out of how you blow dry your hair. So often we just think of drying our hair to, well dry our hair.  But to really get that poker straight hair you’re going to want to apply a straightening cream to your hair (as mentioned above) and make sure that the technique you’re using to dry your hair is going to promote a straighter hair look.  Not sure how to do that?  Pointing the hair dryer down from roots to the ends is the best way to really promote a straighter finish on your hair.  This also helps to make the next steps easier when it comes to getting that poker straight hair.

Use a Flat Iron in Sections
After you’ve completely dried your hair as straight as possible, you’re going to want to make use of a hair straightener to really get the straightest hair possible.  Sectioning your hair into small sections allows you to have more control over straightening your hair.  In addition, using smaller pieces of hair when using the straightener is going to really help you to get the hair straight.  As you straighten your hair follow the straightener with a fine toothed comb to prevent any knots or frizz from developing.  Of course, once you’re done with straightening all of your hair you’re going to want to finish the look with a hairspray that’s lightweight to smooth out the ends and help with any flyaways.

woman with side braid

Styles That Enhance Your Natural Curls

woman with side braid

Do you have natural curls?  Styling curly hair in a way that really enhances the curls can be tricky, especially if you don’t really have the time or desire to try finding those hair styles for yourself.  We love celebrating the curly haired ladies of the world, and we found some great styles that enhance your natural curls that we just HAD to share with you.  So, if you’re looking for some fun hair styles that really enhance and celebrate your natural curls you’re in the right place – because we’ve got some fun ideas for you!

Side French Braid
When you’re looking to really enhance your natural curls, you want to let the curls do their thing.  However, we also know you’d like a little switch up in your hair style every now and again as well.  One of our favorite hair styles for naturally curly hair has to be adding a French braid (or two!) to the side of your head.  These braids don’t go all the way down your hair, they start at your hair line and go straight back and stop somewhere around where your ear is.  It’s a fun way to get a little mix up in your hair but also allow the rest of your hair to enhance the natural curls you have to rock.

The Half Up Bun
The half up hair styles have been pretty popular lately, and we don’t want those with curly hair to feel like they can’t rock it just like everyone else.  In fact, we think this is the perfect hair style to really enhance those natural curls you have but still have a little trendy style element to the mix.  The best part is, it’s super easy to actually make happen.  Just take a section of your hair, just like you would to create a half up hair style, and secure your hair in a bun like manner.  The thing is, with this type of hair style it doesn’t have to be perfect and allowing your curls to come out of the bun as they do naturally makes the look even better.

woman with low bun

Loose Low Bun Style
We realized that you probably don’t want to always wear your hair down, and fortunately we found a great style to wear your hair pulled back but also allows you to enhance those gorgeous curls you have.  It’s the low bun hair style.  The key to this look, is allowing your curls to do their thing at the top and have pieces of curls that naturally come out of the bun fall down and out – it’ creates a much more chic, effortless look that makes it more interesting than the hair being ‘perfect.’  Simply tie your hair back in a loose bun, be sure not to tie too tight and really let your curls do their thing.  Twirl some of the pieces around to really emphasize those curls and get them going.  It’s a great way to add volume to the look, and of course to enhance those curls!

woman getting haircut

Style Saviors For When You Transition Your Hair

woman getting haircut

So, you’ve decided to grow your hair out huh?  It’s always exciting when you’re working towards a hair change.  However, it can definitely be a process – especially when you’re looking to grow your hair out.  When we grow out hair out, it tends to go through different phases.  Phases that we don’t always love as much as we’d like.  That is, until now…we’ve found some style saviors for when you transition your hair.  Yep, because we know you don’t necessarily enjoy the process of growing your hair out we’re helping you make it more enjoyable and so you have better hair days throughout the process.

Switch Up the Layers
Growing out your hair from short to long can be a process, even more depending on how long you’re planning to grow your hair out for.  However, one of the best tips we’ve found that can help you when you transition your hair is to ask your hair stylist to switch up the layers when you go to get it cut.  Switching up the layers will help to accommodate your hair as it grows out, but also ensure that you have some shape to your hair.  Having some great shape, that’s going along with your hair through this transition is going to do wonders for your hair growth process.

Get Trims More Often
In addition to switching up the layers as your hair grows out, another great way to really keep your hair looking great as you transition is to get trims more frequently.  Most of us don’t really get our hair trimmed as often as we should, but when you’re transitioning your hair from short to long getting those trims more consistently can be great to keeping your hair’s shape in check.  This also gives your hair stylist the opportunity to style/cut any odd pieces that may be doing something you don’t want them to do.

woman using curling iron

Use a Curling Iron to Fake It
Curling irons are great for creating gorgeous hair styles, and as it turns out they’re also great at faking some shape in your hair when you’re growing it out.  Since curling irons literally add shape to your hair, they’re a great tool to utilize when your hair may be going through an awkward transition time.  If you find that your ends aren’t looking quite as even as you’d like – go to the curling iron to curl the ends, for example.

Try a Side Part
Through our search for style saviors, we realized that many of our favorite celebs rocked a side part when they went through a hair transition.  And as it turns out, it’s a tip many experts suggest as well.  There’s something so streamlined, easy and chic about a nice side part.  So if you’re finding that your hair isn’t really cooperating, try switching up the part to a deep side part along the way.  You’ll likely find that it will help create some chicness to your hair and keep you feeling better about it as you transition.