Curling Short 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.