If you only knew how many times I have googled “how to curl fine hair” to only find out another trick that didn’t work. I have done such an extensive research on this and I think I finally got the process down. If you have fine hair, that is stick straight and just won’t hold a curl then get yourself a cup of coffee or tea and let’s get right to this. This post is a bit longer then usual, but I wanted to include as much detail as possible.
My Hair History:
For as long as I can remember, I have always had very thin and fine hair. It is normally very flat, and gets greasy very fast. I used to wash my hair every other day to avoid the greasiness and I know, I know it’s super bad for your hair. So while it did help get rid of the greasiness my hair looked dry and the ends would always look dead on the second day. Then I found out that the greasiness can actually be caused by product built up. I found out about it after visiting the Aveda salon and then a very nice lady at Nordstrom told me the same thing. So that brings me to my next point.
Step 1: Start with clean hair (clarify)
This step is very important. First, you want to make sure you use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of all the product build up. The one I have been using for a while now is of course the Dry Bar Clarifying Shampoo, and it works wonders. You will see results after the first use, but it is also a bit pricey. So recently Maple Holistics reached out to me and sent their Degrease Natural Shampoo. I have tried it twice so far, and it really works well with “degreasing”, although I see it more as a clarifying shampoo. It does exactly what it says, and on top of that it is very affordable. You can also look for them in store here. However, the cool thing about their site is their free sample program. All of their products are 100% natural (which is the biggest thing I look for), so you really have nothing to lose.
After I use a clarifying shampoo, usually once a week, then I put on this conditioner. It’s so moisturizing and gives the right amount of volume boost. When you put your conditioner on make sure to avoid putting any on your roots. Also, sometime mid-week use the clarifying shampoo once, and this volumizing shampoo right after. Then finish it off with a light conditioner. This way you still get rid of the product built up on your scalp, but don’t over dry your hair.
Step 2: Add heat
Now take this advice with a grain of salt. This is what has been working for me, but it might not work for someone with different type of hair. So after I wash my hair, I towel try and let it air dry for like 20-30 mins. Add no product in, and avoid using any heat during this time. Then lightly brush it to get all the tangles out and add this daily repair product. It has no particular scent to it, but makes your hair soft and tangle free. It also adds a little bit of shine and that healthy smooth look. Now after this step, I flip my hair over and blow dry it. I know this step might not work for someone with frizzy hair, it would make it more frizzy. However, if you have stick straight hair and looking for some volume, this step is very important. It will add so much more volume and a little easier on your hair than using a round brush.
Normally, I like to wash my hair at night and only style it in the morning. I don’t know what it is, but my hair always holds a curl better the next day rather than straight after blow drying. So the next step is to add some texture to your hair. If you have fine hair, then make sure to use a lot of this texturizing spray. Divide your hair into two sections and thoroughly spray it with the texturizing spray. It helps to give hair a nice texture to it, which is what you need to hold a curl. Oh and if I don’t forget, I usually use this heat protectant spray too.
Step 3: Curl
Now that we have nice texture in our hair, brush it out. Make sure it is free of tangles and looks smooth. Then take one inch or so of your hair (less for tighter curls) and wrap around this curling iron. Now, don’t use the clip part, just wrap your hair around the barrel starting from the root and work your way down. Also, don’t twist your hair before you wrap it around the barrel. Lay it flat, it will have a more defined curl and hold longer. Start from the roots, just wrap twice and hold for like 2 second, then wrap one more time but slide your hair down and hold for another 2 seconds, and so on until you reach the ends. This helps define a nice bouncy curl without making it look like a noodle. haha I don’t know if that makes sense, maybe I will put it on my Instastories if you guys want to see it.
Viola, there you have your curls. At this point I like to brush them out or sometimes just separate with my fingers. Photo below is what it looks like after brushing.
Usually, I don’t use hair spray if it’s just for one day. So say I curl my hair for blog photos, then I will finish it off with the texturizing spray again. I try to avoid using a lot of product in my hair, it just makes it look greasy. But the texturing spray doesn’t, only holds it well. The one I recommended above also acts as a light hairspray. However, if I am going out that day or want to make sure my curls don’t fall and stay put all day, then I will spray some hair spray on it. I just don’t like to leave it on for two long, so usually I would wash it off after I get home.
Hopefully you found these tips useful and would love to try it out. If you do, let me know or tag me on Instagram @darlinglittlethingblog and I will like your picture. Also, please let me know if you guys want to see a video on this or just an Instagram story. Comment that down below.
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