Hi friends! Today’s post is one of my most requested and it’s how I curl my hair. I really feel like I’ve tried countless ways to get those coveted perfect loose curls. I’ve gone through tons of hot tools, tried different techniques and don’t even get me started on products to maintain my curls throughout the day. Some have worked and others have been a complete bust – and a waste of money. It’s really been trial and error to find a routine that gives me the perfect loose curls without spending a ton of time on my hair. Now, I’d say on average it takes me about 15-20 mins when I start with clean, wet hair and about 5-10 when I’m just touching up.
I want to share 2 ways, or rather 2 tools, that will help you get the best loose curls. One is a splurge and the other is budget-friendly. They’re both great but work to produce different styles of loose curls. I personally use both tools at the same time (because I own them both) but you can choose which one is best for your needs.
What I’m Wearing
Tools & Products
The two tools I swear by are my T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand Set and Conair Infiniti Pro 2 in 1. The T3 set comes with 3 different wands: tapered, 1″, and 1.5″, has 5 heat settings, and shuts off automatically after an hour of non-use (which has come in handy!).
The Infiniti Pro can straighten, wave, and curl. It has 5 heat settings, is 1-inch, and also shuts off automatically. Since these two tools have so many options, you can create tons of different looks but I normally stick with the 1.5″ wand on the T3 and use the Conair for straightening and slightly tighter curls.
As for products, I’ve tried high-end and drugstore and these are my absolute tried-and-true. This doesn’t mean I don’t use or like other products but these, in particular, are the ones I’ve repurchased over and over again.
- For hair oils, I interchange between Ouai and Suave. I use about 2-3 pumps in wet hair and only focus on the bottom half of my hair. I also like to use the Ouai hair oil once I’ve finished styling and want to add a bit of silkiness and shine to my hair. For this, I’ll use 1 pump, warm between my hands, and apply on the tips of my hair.
- My favorite hair spray is L’oreal’s Elnett because it does a great job of holding the curl without feeling heavy. It also brushes out for next day hair so you’re not left with crunchy hair. The only thing is that it’s not the best smelling hair spray so if you enjoy a hair spray that smells great, I’d go for Drybar or Living Proof.
- If I want to add texture and volume to my hair (when don’t I?!) I love Ouai’s Texturizing Spray. I use it after I’m done styling and spray on my bottom half. It’s easy and you get instant volume.
- As far as dry shampoo, Dove smells amazing and works to absorb oils without leaving icky residue on darker hair. I’ll spray it in sections on my roots, let it sit for a minute or two, then massage it in. The smell lasts all day and works to maintain my hair without washing for about a week. I do the exact same with my Suave dry shampoo.
And now for how I curl my hair! Honestly, it’s not a crazy method but it’s quick, easy, and simple – it just takes a bit of practice.
- I like to start from bottom to top so I clip my hair up, making it easy to curl the bottom half of my hair first. I start with my Conair tool because I do find it’s a lot faster than the T3.
- I use the straightener to smooth my hair on the first pass. I’ll then go back for the actual curling part. I go away from the face by twisting my wrist so my hair falls over the heat tool. Make sure the hair continues to wrap around the straightener as you bring the iron toward your ends so you get a smooth curl. If you’re not using the Conair 2-in-1, make sure your straightener has round edges. This is KEY so you don’t get dents!
- If you want tighter curls make sure to start with smaller sections, but if you want looser curls, do bigger sections.
Once I get to the top portion of my hair, I’ll switch over to my T3 wand and also curl away from the face. I find my T3 wand with the 1.5″ barrel gives me softer and looser curls, which is how I like the curls that frame my face to be.
Once the curls have sat for a bit, I brush them out so they become a bit looser and have more of a wave to them. I’ll then go back with both tools and curl any piece I feel needs a little help. This helps my hair have dimension and not create one big curl.
*If I want a beachier feel, I’ll go back with my Conair and quickly pass over the ends of my hair so it’s not too perfect. I finish with my Ouai hair oil and texturizing spray for volume without any frizz.
Don’t forget to tousle and run your fingers through your hair to separate any strands. Set with your fave hair spray and you’re good to go!
I hope you found this post helpful and pick up some new tricks to create the soft, loose waves everyone loves. If you have any hair products you love, I would love to hear about them! Though I love the products I have, I’m always on the hunt for new faves!
Catch you in my next post!
photos by Emily Savage