Hey everyone! Aya from Strawberry Koi here. I’ve got a wild head of hair and just recently cut my mop. Sometimes a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do, but that doesn’t stop me from being creative with my shorter locks. Anyway, often our curls go awry, but when you are about to go to work or are out and about town, it can become a serious problem! Here is a little guide for those as unfortunate as myself, and how you can salvage those curls and still come out with a beautiful ‘do.
1. Here we are with our base. As for myself, I slept overnight on ill-set pin curls. By the way, pin curls are an awesome way to curl your hair without heat, and I’ve already made a video which you can find here. The turban covers the pin curls and keeps them from unrolling during the night, perfect for rollers or rag curls or whatever.
2. Here is a closer look at the pin curls. They are too large, and why my curls aren’t going to be the best. They SHOULD be small sections of hair rolled up and pinned in place. If you pin curled, rag-curled, or hot-rolled your hair (etc. etc.), begin to undo the curls now to see what you got to work with.
3. As you carefully unroll your curls, they may be damp (you should ideally let them continue drying now, but…), use a blow-dryer on low heat and dry the curls some more with out brushing/combing them out yet.
4. Delicately comb your curls with your fingers. Actually, the hair curls in the direction you guide it to, while combing it out. For example, the front section is most flattering to lift up and away from your face, because it will obtain nice volume and sweep around the sides of your face rather than down into it flat.
5. Gently use your fingers to uncoil the hair around the sides of your face too. I like to shape the hair at the sides to curl in-towards my face, as a more natural touch and contrasting against the top layer – creating nice texture.
6. Boost the back of your crown up to build volume. This is an excellent time to tease that bit of hair or use volumizing spray to add a little extra oomph into your life!
7. Oh dear. And here is where you see what we need to FIX. The pin curls I set were simply too large, so now the top layers of my curls are limp. The great thing is though, with a base of waves and ringlets, I wont have to use AS MUCH heat, and it still wont take as much time getting ready in the morning with what I have here.
8. Use a flat iron or curling iron to fix the booboos. Usually the top layers of curls-gone-bad are really the only ones you need to focus on. With your hair parted where you like, take small sections of your hair, and curl them going away from your face. This creates an elegant sweep, and what they call a “Marcel Wave” back in the good ol’ days. Comb them with your fingers again, and blend in with your other locks.
9. Do this on both sides of your hair, and wherever else as needed. Top with a fine mist of hairspray, and gently “crunch” your curls with your fingers to set them in place and hold the volume.
10. DONE. So easy, right? So the next time your curls seem ruined, don’t tie those babies back in a frumpy ponytail, just work with what ya got.
Aya (DIY Hair Contributor)
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