Thursday, July 21, 2011

Curly Sue For You

My Google reader has recently been filled with posts about the "No Heat Curl Method",
a technique for curling hair that uses only a head band.  I have naturally wavy hair that
tends to get frizzy very easily and, as a result, I have been curling my hair for years in order
to keep the unruliness down.  I own every different type of curler known to man including
hot rollers, sponge curlers, rods, you name it.  I've done pin curls, coke can curls, used
flat irons and various curling irons.  So, imagine my surprise when I tried this no heat
method and achieved the most  beautiful curls yet!  The hype is totally validated!  I
simply watched the extremely thorough video below, wrapped my hair in a head band in
less than 5 minutes, left it in for several hours, and voila: beautiful, soft, non-frizzy curls
that lasted ALL day!  Oh, how I wish I had known about this many split ends and
heat damaged years ago!

I have been using this technique every day since and my hair and free time are
sincerely thanking me.  Wrapping my hair literally takes 5 minutes and then
styling afterward takes two.  It really is that easy.  Here are a few words of advice to
pass on from what I've learned along the way:
1.  I wash my hair, run Matrix firm holding gel through it from crown to tips, and then 
let it air dry completely.  I then wrap my hair in my head band once it is totally dry.  This 
will be most useful for those of you ladies who have really thick hair like myself.  When 
I wrapped it up while it was damp, it NEVER dried and my curls were limp and pitiful.
2. Once wrapped, I sprayed a light coat of hair spray over my entire head, helping to 
hold everything together.
3.  I like lots of curls, so I used small sections of hair and wrapped it very tight.  For 
bigger curls, use bigger sections of hair.  You really can't mess this up.
4.  After removing the head band, I ran a little sculpting cream through my hair.  The key 
to smooth curls that will last all day is PRODUCT.  Not so much that your hair is greasy, 
just a small dime sized amount to hold it all in place.

5.  In the video, she uses a paddle brush to form her curls.  Since I wanted very defined
curls, I used my fingers, no brush.  When I used a brush, the curls were more of a
wave, which is what I have anyway.  They also got a bit frizzy and that is NEVER
attractive.  Experiment with your personal style and texture and use what works
best for you.
I've seen this method used on hair of all lengths and textures and the consensus seems
to be very positive across the board!!  So, what are you waiting for?  Grab a head band
and happy curling!!


April said...

Wow! Your hair looks amazing with those curls! I haven't heard of this, but I will be trying it out for sure! Thanks for passing along the info!

Lucy The Valiant said...

WHAT? You got those curls with a headband? I'm very intrigued! That has to be healthier for your hair, right? And it looks great!

Lindsay said...

Wow...I am super impressed. Who knew? PS: I voted for you over at the FTLOB Best In category...good luck, your blog deserves to win for sure!

The Best of Both Worlds said...

Ohmygosh you look great! I want to try this! So glad you posted about it with great pics!

deanna@delirious-rhapsody said...

i've got to try this. it looks so easy. and personally, i like the look of the headband. :) i would probably rock that look on it's own.

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

Love it!!! I still haven't tried this method, but I want to!!

Ashley Sisk said...

So jealous - I don't have nearly the same results. :(

Wendy said...

I didn't get very good results when I tried this buuuut...I did it with my hair a little damp, and I didn't use any product at all. Now I think I'm going to try it again!

Sarbear said...

Why have I still not tried this? I know it's super easy, yet I never take the time to give it a shot. I'll add it to the goal list for next week! :)

Sarbear said...

And duh, yours look awesome! :)

Anonymous said...

Love it! Your hair looks way better than mine did but my hair is short & thin.

Megan said...

This is absolutely amazing!!! I so want to try thisssss.....ahhhhhh!

KimBerly said...

You make it look so easy. I have to try it. Your hair looks beautiful.

The Poole Family said...

Ahhhh!!! Love love LOVE it!!!! I'm definitely going to try it!!! Yayyyyy!!! Thanks so much! And you look so cute, even with the headband just around your forehead!! :)

sarah beth said...

this is awesome! I'm trying it tonight!

Yolanda Fields said...

LOVE this post! I've been meaning to Google how to curl your hair naturally and I found your blog on abeautifuljourney instead! I've been going natural with my hair for 10 years now including no dying or hair styling products. Unfortunately, ever since my last hair cut, my hair doesn't naturally curl the way it does when my ends are thinned out, so I'm looking forward to trying this! =)

Shannon :: The Scribble Pad said...

love this! and that you linked up to LadyLee. always great to find new folks via linkups!