Styling tips - tips and tricks when heated styling
When it comes to styling your own hair, it can be really difficult, boring and arm-aching, so I thought I would give you a few tips and tricks to make styling your hair a bit easier for you!
Tips when blow drying your own hair:
· Always use heat protector
· Use products suitable for the type of blow dry you are creating (find these in a previous blog of mine, or email me for more advice
· Rough dry your hair before blow drying, the effective part of the blow dry only happens in the last 15-20% of wet hair, so always rough dry until the hair is 80% dry before styling (this will save time and effort)
· Always use a nozzle on your hairdryer to focus and direct the airflow
· Make sure the airflow points down the hair, so the cuticles on the hair lay flat for a smoother finish
· If you want volume and you struggle using a brush, try drying your hair with your head upside down
· If you struggle with co-ordination, try blow drying without looking in the mirror as everything appears backwards
· If you are pin curling, use aluminium clips as they are non-rusting, conductive of heat and firmly holds hair in place
Straightening your hair is a really simple style to opt for, and most of you will know the ins and outs for getting perfectly sleek locks, but give this a read because there may be something you didn't know before that will help you forever!
Tips when straightening your own hair:
· Always use a heat protector
· Ensure you have combed your hair through thoroughly before straightening
· Take small sections, this will be sure to smooth all of the hair and effectively last longer
· For a more natural look, bevel the straighteners slightly towards your body, to curve the ends of the hair
· Use anti-humidity and smoothing products to prevent the hair from frizzing (read my previous blog on finishing products to find out the products I use)
· For longer/thicker hair, it is well worth getting straighteners with wide plates as it saves a lot of time (this will be covered in a future blog so watch out for it)!
· I advise to use straighteners that you can alter the temperature to cater for your hair type and prevent unnecessary heat damage (this will also be covered in a future blog)
Curling your own hair is one of the most difficult styling techniques to do on yourself. It can be done in a n umber of ways depending on what type of curl you want to achieve.
Tips when curling your own hair:
· Always use a heat protector
· Ensure you have combed your hair through thoroughly before curling
· For hair that does not hold a curl, lightly spray with hairspray before and after curling each section (for this a non-aerosol hairspray is best - see previous styling products blog)
· Curl the hair away from the face at the front for a more flattering finish
· Wear a glove when using tongs/wands as you are bound to burn yourself
· I advise to use tools that you can alter the temperature to cater for your hair type and prevent unnecessary heat damage and when curling on a high heat there is more chance of the curls dropping (this will be covered in a future blog)
· The secret to curling is to leave the hair to cool for at least 20 mins before brushing out (but there is no harm in leaving the hair to set for a bit longer)
· Try pin curling your hair with a tong or straighteners if you struggle to blow dry but want the bouncy look
· Use aluminium clips when pin curling
· Run through the curls with a wax or smoothing cream to define the curls.
Remember - Youtube is always a good place to start if needing a tutorial!
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