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Today I’m posting up a highly requested photo tutorial on the easiest, long lasting and most effective way to curl your hair! I’ve used pretty much every method under the sun, and have found this method the best! (My apologies for not looking 100% in the photos, I’m coming down with a cold.)
Please be sure to read all instructions before attempting this yourself.
For this you will need:
Start off by switching your hot curlers on for 5-10 minutes (this will depend on what brand you use), I have a really great set by VS Sassoon, that only cost $70 from Harvey Norman. For pinup styled hair we’ll be using the small and medium sized curlers, to create a tighter curl, the large curlers create a looser wave effect.
Divide off sections of hair you may wish to style in victory rolls and pin theses out of the way, for this tutorial I already have a faux bang in place. It is best to leave styling the front of your hair until the end so you don’t mess it up. You can also set your victory rolls with the curlers to help make it a little easier to shape them later.
Divide the bulk of your hair into two sections, and use one of your curler clips to clip this out of the way. From here you’ll want to ensure the section of hair your working with is knot-free.
From here you will divide this into three sections going up. Using a couple alligator clips pin the two top sections out of the way.
With this lowest section divide your hair into two, and pin the highest one out of the way.
With this remaining section brush this through, spray a little water, and hair spray (this will set your curl more and help it last longer). Grab one of the hot curlers and wrap the hair neatly around the curler; if this is messy the bottom of your curl will be messy when taken out. You’ll want to roll your hair from this point quite firmly then use a curler clip to hold this in place. From here you’ll continue this method to the second section of hair you pinned of and then to other sections of hair going up.
And then repeat on the other side.
You’ll need to let your hair set for 10-20 minutes depending on how much hair spray and water you applied. Do not take out the curlers if they’re still wet. To most efficiently use your time, I recommend doing your makeup while your hair sets.
Remove the curlers, starting from the bottom and working up, so not to tangle or ruin your beautiful curls.
At this point you’ll have more of a ringlet effect, which you may wish to keep, but if not, just use your hands to mold the hair together. I’ve then also used a bristle brush to brush the curls together, using a regular brush will brush out the curls rather than unify them.
Tip: if a curl hasn’t set quite right, take a bobby pin, and pin it into a curl so it flows!
Finish by styling your victory rolls! Visit my victory rolls tutorial to learn how to do this.
Don’t forget if it doesn’t work out the first time, keep trying and try adding in your own techniques. Hair and makeup is an art; few are born with this gift, others will need to work hard to achieve this!
I hope this has been useful to you! To learn more about this technique and other styling methods visit Lady Velvet Cabaret’s website for information about the pinup course I teach!
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