Pro Secrets To Styling Success
Just can’t seem to get that sexy, tousled feel without looking like you just lost a fight? Try these expert tips for handling styling tools like the best of em’! Looking naturally beautiful isn’t easy. Not a wonder, then, that trying to get a more sophisticated ‘do at home can be hard. A great cut and a free salon styling lesson can get you off to the right start. Then, follow these “mane” beauty bible rules!
Want a quick set? A smooth style that lasts all day? Start with the right rollers. If your hair is curly, wavy or tends to frizz, avoid self adhering rollers, say stylists. Over time, half your hair can come out while unwinding. Do a blow-out, then once hair is smooth, mist on a styling gel, carefully smooth the ends onto a hard or foam roller and wrap with smooth, even tension. Of course, you can also use hot rollers, but blow-drying, then using more heat can really stress tresses, so always use a thermal protector.
Straight locks can be curled up fast with hot rollers or “wet-set” for a stronger, longer-lasting set. The trick to hot-roller setting is to wrap your hair up smoothly and tightly and allow rollers to cool completely before removing them. For a wet set, start with damp hair, comb through a setting gel evenly and slick ends on rollers, making certain they aren’t twisted or bent. Then smoothly wrap up rollers. If your hair is smooth, you can use self-adhering rollers without too much worry about tangled tresses.Whatever your hair type, never take sections that are wider than the roller and make certain they are not so thick or deep that hair takes too long to dry or can’t take on a strong set. A quarter-inch deep slice of hair is plenty for one roller.
Flat Iron Fixes
If you’re going to iron-curl, crimp or flat iron your hair, prep it with a thermal protector first. Hair should be clean and dry; don’t try to iron-curl damp hair. (Some newer tools claim to work with damp hair and steam; test them carefully on a small strand first.) Check the temperature of your styling tool; if it gets too hot, mist it down with water as you work. Divide your hair into four even sections. This makes handling easier-work section by section as you go.
The newest flat irons are made of ceramics. What’s most important is to purchase an iron with a temperature control and keep the heat setting on low for hair that’s fine, color-treated or prone to break. Take small partings no wider than the base of the flat iron itself and comb through to detangle. The smaller the partings, the cleaner and straighter each of your sections will be. Then, use a slow pulling motion to get an ultra-smoothing, silkening effect.
If hair is very curly, get as close to the scalp as possible and flat-iron each section twice. For any hair type, always flick the ends out or up a bit; don’t pull the iron straight down. Finish with a misting of silicone spray or use your fingers to work wax into the ends.
Curls are cool! To get them, select a curling iron based on barrel size (the bigger the barrel, the bigger the curl0. Or, try different shaped irons, from traditional round to square shaped that create a Z-pattern. The biggest mistake women make when using a curling iron: They place the iron on the ends of the hair and roll up, when they should do the opposite. The roots need the most heat, and the ends will get singed if they are wrapped first.
To roll up right, place the curling iron about an inch from your scalp, then begin to feed the rest of the hair through the iron as you work down the hair shaft slowly. Use a constant motion of opening and closing the tong as you work down the shaft.
Crimping Your Style
Crimping irons feature a flat plate that lets you press a design into the hair. Some let you change plated for more designs; newest ones even “emboss” stars and shaped into the hair. Crimping requires an even pressing motion. Start at the scalp and practice a smooth, even press of both plates. Crimp an entire strand or just a section, or leave some strands un-crimped. For fun, you can even crimp just your bangs!
Whatever styling tool you use, the smoother the hair is when you start wrapping or rolling, the better your result will be.