Current Hair Curling Routine: Easy Loose Waves

When it comes to haircare, my goals are: low-maintenance and acceptable-looking. I’ve gotten a few hair tutorial requests lately, which is flattering, but hairstyling is not my forte. Here is a short video of my daily (well, every other day) routine.

And just in case anyone doubted my naturally coarse and thick hair, here it is (right) in its frightening glory:

Steps shown in video: 
1. Add volume to the crown area as hair dries. This step is a must for me (I’ve tried hot rollers & teasing w/no success).
2. Divide hair into 4-6 sections (the larger the sections, the less heat reaches your hair so the more loose the waves will be)
3. Curl the ends outward w/ a 1.5″ to 2″ barrel iron (this one is $25 including ship). Curl counter-clockwise with hair to your left, clockwise for hair to your right. Hold for 10 seconds before releasing.
4. Put hair up in a loose bun and spray w/ hairspray. Let down and fluff.

Products used: whatever is on sale at the drugstore. Currently using Aussie shampoo, conditioner and hairspray. You can make your waves last another day by sleeping with your hair in one or two loose buns, then re-touching the ends with a curler the next morning if needs be.

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  1. Jane wrote:

    Thank you for posting this!! Your hair looks amazing. I have the exact same type of hair as you do and also felt that it looks unprofessional, especially to go to work. I had no idea what to do with it until I came across this post. Will try this routine tomorrow morning 🙂

    Posted 12.30.11 Reply
  2. Liz wrote:

    I really like your iron! Can you tell me the brand or where you got it? I know you said Target in this video, but I couldn't find it there.

    Posted 8.13.11 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    what is the brand name of the curling iron ur using?

    Posted 8.8.11 Reply
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    wow~~ your skin change a lot.Your skin looks fairer and radiant now. Any product recommended?

    Posted 6.30.11 Reply
  5. hahaha i love your honesty and willingness to share even the bad pics of yourself

    Posted 3.20.11 Reply
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    you're right…hairstyling is not your forte.

    Posted 3.17.11 Reply
  7. was not what I expected*

    Posted 3.17.11 Reply
  8. you are so adorable on video!! there are girls i've loved on their blogs then i get to see them on video and their persona was not was I expected, you however, are just as sweet as I envisioned you!! you inspire me to do my hair more often, i typically leave up in a bun all day or let it air dry and look unprofessional (it's ridiculously long).

    great vid!!


    Posted 3.17.11 Reply
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    On the back parts of your hair, you clamped it going inward but curled it outward. Lol!

    Posted 3.17.11 Reply
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    Posted 3.17.11 Reply
  11. Thank-you Jeeeeeeean! My hair's still at armpit length but you've got me excited to try this look out once it grows a few more inches. I love that it's a simple technique yet still looks great!

    Posted 3.17.11 Reply
  12. So simple yet so gorgeous. I also have thick coarse hair (my picture is proof) and have to get it thinned out as I don't like the bobblehead look. The one good thing about this type of hair, I cannot damage it with heat or chlorine. I call mine 'horsehair'. Does your curl last the whole day?

    Posted 3.17.11 Reply

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