*Edits in blue – 9/5/11 – thanks to Michelle for asking good questions!
Hope this clarifies!
I’m obsessed with hair. Particularly, big, fat bouncy curls. They’re hard to get. I love using huge hot rollers, but they are tricky to master so my go-to curling contraption is usually a curling iron. I like to vary the size for more natural looking texture; specifically a 1 1/2″ and a smaller 1/2″ iron. But really, my technique comes down to these 3 factors:
1. Hold the curling iron straight up and down (I prefer to point the top down)
2. Most people clap down on the hair and roll it, but I keep the clamp shut and wrap the hair around the barrel (*try to not twist the hair itself as you wrap, you want it to lay flat on the iron)
3. Curl the hair away from your face, not towards it (or wrap it away from your face)
Here’s a pic:
Other things that help the cause:
– working on slightly “dirty” hair (holds the curl better)
– prepping hair with a medium hold gel or curl cream *before blow drying (or letting dry naturally)
– blow drying after prepping the root with a volumizer
– hair spraying lightly as you go if your hair is very fine
– not curling the entire piece of hair (in the above pic, I started 1/2 way down for a looser look, and stopping 1/2 before the end)
– sleeping on this makes it look even better, just remember to spray it a bit!
– using the right size iron for your hair length and type (smaller iron for thinner or very long hair = tighter curls. They’ll “fall out” so it’s best to start with a tight curl OR a fatter iron for medium thickness hair and looser curls)
Not really a Giselle fan? Maybe you’re more of a Victoria’s Secret Angel-type? The only difference is a little mussing and teasing. Take a fine-tooth comb and tease the middle of the curls here and there and massage the crown of your head in little gentle circles. Does it look like you slept on it? Perfect! Now hair spray it and your good!