When it comes to doing my own hair, I have mastered the round brush blowout (thank you, Ashley!) and can use old fashioned hot rollers like it’s no one’s business (thank you, Mom!). But when it comes to curling my hair with a curling iron, I am completely hopeless. It’s always been disappointing because I love the various looks you can achieve with a curling iron, which you can’t quite get with round brushes or even hot rollers.
So, when my sister got a curling wand and said that it was really easy to use, I got excited because she too is inexperienced with curling irons. I began thinking that this could be my hope for achieving glam waves or loose curls at home!
As I do with any hair conundrum I have, I turned to my trusty hair stylist, Ashley Young. Ashley invited me into Salon Buzz last week to show me how to use my sister’s curling wand (because I wanted to try it out before buying my own) to achieve glamorous waves for Valentine’s Day. Read on for simple steps and tips for achieving the look!
- Start with the back section of your hair, which is everything except the crown of your head.
- Curl one-inch sections at a time. It may take some patience, but it is really important to stick to just those one-inch pieces in order to achieve the perfect curl.
- Spray one-inch sections with a light hold hairspray before you curl the hair. Ashley recommends Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray.
- Wrap each section in the same direction (clockwise) around the wand to achieve a modern version of Old Hollywood waves.
- Technique Tips:
- Curling iron should always be pointed down when you’re wrapping hair around the barrel.
- As you’re curling your hair around the wand, keep the section flat rather than twisting it up as you wrap it around the barrel.
- After the entire back section has been curled, leave curls tight to set while you move on to the crown. You will brush through them after all sections have been curled.
- Part your hair where you want it to be before you start curling the top and front sections. You can either follow your natural part, or do a deeper side part for a more dramatic look.
The next two steps assume that you part your hair on the left side. If you part your hair on the right side, simply reverse the instructions.
- When curling the section on the left side of your face, the wand should be in front of the strand that you are going to curl.
- When curling the section on the right side of your face, the wand should be behind the strand that you are going to curl. It will appear as though you are curling away from your face.
- Once all sections have been curled, take a wide tooth comb and lightly comb through your hair to loosen the waves. Keep lightly combing and using your fingers until you get the look you desire.
- You can also tease your ends a bit to give them a fuller look.
Voila! Glamorous waves worthy of your big Valentine’s Day date night plans.
Needless to say, I am now hooked on curling wands and purchased the Enzo Milano Professional Clipless Curling Iron, 25mm (1″) right away!
Suggested Tools and Products:
Enzo Milano Professional Clipless Curling Iron, 25mm (1″) (45% off!) // Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Heat-Activated Reconstructor Milk for Weekend Hair // Shu Uemura Sheer Lacquer Finishing Spray // Hair Clip // Wide Tooth Comb
Be sure to also check out Chicago CatWalk’s Valentine’s Day Style & Beauty Guide for more date night looks and tips, including:
- Mid-Length Skirt: Valentine’s Day Style
- In-Home Beauty with Stylisted + 14% Off
- Leather and Lace: Valentine’s Day Style
- Beauty Babe by Sabrina Talks Valentine’s Day Beauty
P.S. This ponytail how to I did with Ashley a couple months ago is also a great look for Valentine’s Day!