Is it sad that the first thing I’m compelled to write about since my decision to slow things down a bit has to do with my hair? Regardless, other than Nellie, and perhaps what’s for dinner, it’s admittedly something I think about a lot, so here goes…
Every once in a while, I blow dry my hair straight and realize immediately that my hair really only works one way when it’s down: soft and wavy. I shouldn’t be surprised—after all, that’s the way I’ve asked my stylist to specifically cut my hair. It’s the way I feel most like myself, and it’s also my strategy for creating volume in my otherwise super-fine and very flat head of hair.
Over the years I’ve experimented with all kinds of techniques for achieving the perfect waves: hot rollers, large-barrel curling iron, velcro rollers, and the tapered curling wand I’ve been using as of late. But since my hair is actually incredibly long (something I somehow managed to barely notice until recently), I decided to ditch the tapered wand and try something that could create slightly looser waves that looked more natural.
Enter the teardrop curling wand.
What is this, you ask? Well, I honestly had never heard of it until I was wandering the aisles of my local Target, spotted it, and decided to take it home for a whirl. The theory is that the unique shape of the barrel creates a more natural-looking, s-shaped wave (as opposed to a circular, curling-iron looking wave), and I have to say that I was really pleased with the result! I got a ton of volume (a must for me) and liked that the actual curls were a bit looser than with the tapered wand, making it look more natural on my long hair.
These are the products I used to achieve the look shown above. If you’re not sure how to use a curling wand, check out Libby’s awesome video, “How to Use a Curling Rod,” first.
Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion. Lubricates, detangles, and gradually strengthens the hair. It gives hair soft, natural movement, light structure, and protects is from heat styling. I spritz it on lightly before curling.
Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo. So far, this is my all-time favorite dry shampoo (and I’ve tested a lot of them!). I like that it’s a spray rather than a powder, and also the fact that it’s $3. Apply it to roots, brush it out a bit, and tease strategically for added volume.
Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion Moroccan Argan Styling Oil. With colored hair this long, you better believe my ends are dry! This oil smells amazing and does wonders for sad ends that need some moisture. I apply it after I’ve curled my hair, then lightly brush the ends for a soft finish.
Hairspray. Shown in the picture is GHD Ultimate Hairspray, which I’m using lately since I received it as a gift. That being said, I say use whatever you have around and what works with your type of hair. Other favorites of mine are Elnett and TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.