I’m pretty lucky that my hair can go curly easily (though it’s naturally wavy with an uneven curl, so it does need a bit of help looking good!) and also looks great straight. (While I don’t own straighteners, I love when my stylist, Ryan, agrees to straighten it post-haircut because it just looks so different!) So for today’s post I thought it’d be fun to do a tutorial for an everyday hairstyle for curly / wavy hair.
For everyday I prefer a more natural look with defined curls, minimal frizz and, if possible, a nice amount of shine. (It’s so tricky getting curly hair to look shiny without looking oily!) This particular hairstyle is easy to do, quick to get done in the morning (about 15 minutes from start to finish), feels lightweight and looks great.
For this look, these are the products I used: L’Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Shampoo*, L’Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Conditioner* and L’Oréal Professionnel Curl Contour Spray*, courtesy of Just My Look.
The shampoo has been formulated for fine / limp hair, which is great for me because my hair is very fine, and tends to go flat. When I use it I find my hair is soft and bouncy.
Normally I wouldn’t use conditioner on my roots, but because I’ve washed with the volumising shampoo – and this conditioner also helps with volume – and I’m planning to use just the one lightweight styling product, I’ve decided to go for it and help get some more moisture in at the top. This should help keep my hair from frizzing later, and also (hopefully!) look a bit more shiny because it won’t be dry.
Lastly, the Curl Contour Spray*. This one is designed to enhance curls, leaving them looking both healthy and nourished. From my experience using this styling product, I’m happy to say that’s the experience I’ve had.
This look starts with freshly cleaned hair, so here’s what I look like post-shower, hair towel dried and makeup on – ready to shoot a tutorial! As you can see my fringe is a bit all over and some bits of my hair are hanging straight while others have started to ringlet. Before this shot I did lightly scrunch my hair without product to encourage it to start curling, but the real ‘work’ hasn’t happened yet.
First up: I need to dry my fringe! I’m a bit lazy so I don’t use a brush for this, but instead just run my fingers through it while blowdrying from above. I like how this method keeps a bit of movement in the fringe, so that it doesn’t look too straight against the curls I’m about to work in.
Now to add product! Today I’m only using just the one, the Curl Contour*, which needs a good shake before it’s time to spritz.
Then it’s time to go to town spritzing! I applied it liberally, aiming to get most on the lengths instead of the roots so that I don’t accidentally weigh it down.
Now that my hair is covered, it’s time to twist! Twisting is a great technique to get waves / curls into hair, and if your hair is naturally on the curly / wavy side it’s great for adding definition and preventing frizz while the hair dries.
While the hair is still damp, just twist 1/4 to 1/2 inch sections of hair in varying directions, so that it doesn’t look too ‘calculated’. I like to use the natural sectioning, twisting in the direction of the curl, and keeping my layering in mind so that the layers are free to move nicely. At the front I like to twist most of the curls in the opposite direction of my face, which helps keep my hair from falling into my face.
Then I spritz again! This is partly to encourage the twists to stay together, partly to ensure there’s enough product on the hair.
Finally, I blast it with my hairdryer on low heat to set the twists. About two years ago I lost my diffuser and I haven’t bothered to replace it, so I scoop the twists in my palm and gently blow dry through my fingers. Sometimes I do this with a scrunching motion because I feel like this encourages movement. Because I don’t want my hair to frizz, I never dry it fully. Instead I get my hair to be about 60-70% dry, then walk away.
Here’s what my hair looks like while it’s still a bit damp. Some of the sections look a bit limp because they’re weighed down with water, but as soon as it dries out these should spring up and look bouncy.
Et voila! The finished, totally dried look, about an hour after I walked away from my hair dryer. The twists have dried nicely, with the curls bouncing up with a nice definition. It also looks a bit shiny! On the Saturday I photographed this look I was going out to dinner afterwards, but it’s easy enough to style quickly in the mornings that I wash my hair. Usually I wait a few days between washes, so on the days in between I might spritz in a bit more Curl Contour* or use a leave-in styling treatment, like Potion 9, to breath a little bit of life into it / style out the bed head before it’s time to wash again.
What’s your favourite every day hairstyle? And if you’ve got wavy hair, do you try to enhance the curls or do you prefer to smooth them out?
Please note: while the products marked with a star (*) in this blog post were gifts, the views expressed are my own. Additionally, L’Oréal has been a client of TMW Unlimited, though this is not an account I’ve worked on.