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Free-Style Curls

Styling Techniques to Add Curl and Volume

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      We've already discussed some of the various techniques for styling your hair without using styling tools: finger waves and pin curls. But many of the women I talk to say that they think finger waves and pin curls are too difficult to do. It's true that these techniques do take practice and patience to execute with any precision.
 
      Yet, styling your hair without tools doesn't have to be hard or take a lot of practice. If you just want to add some curl and volume, try going for free-style curls. This is an easy way to add some variety, is more comfortable than wearing rollers, and can be done quickly.
 
What You Will Need:
 
      - Curls clips or bob pins
      - Styling comb or tail comb
 
Creating the Style:
 
      This is a styling technique that can be done with either freshly-washed, conditioned hair or with clean dry hair. The advantage to starting with dry hair is that the curls will dry much more quickly. For our demonstration, we used a manikin with clean, dry hair.
 
      First, we brushed the manikin to remove any tangles and smooth the hair. Then we lightly misted the outer layer of the hair with a protein-rich leave-in conditioner and began creating the free-style curls. Our manikin has a natural part on the left and we wanted to preserve that, so we began making curls at the top of the head just to the right of the parting.
 
      To make the curls on top and around the face, simply separate a small segment of the hair using the comb of your choosing and comb it smooth, then wrap it around your finger loosely. If you want larger curls (like we chose) you can wrap the hair around two fingers. After the hair is wrapped, press the tip of your finger to the scalp and slide the hair down onto the head. Secure the curl with either a curl clip or a bob pin, and continue with another segment.
 
      Once the top and sides have been curled, move to the back of the head. Feel free to continue misting the hair as you need to in order to keep the hair slightly moistened. You can either continue creating curls flat against the head, or do as we did with the demonstration and wrap the hair around your finger(s) then clip the curl horizontally to keep it from unrolling.
 
      Once you have finished making the curls and clipping them securely, use the leave-in conditioner (or the liquid styling product of your choice) to mist the entire head. Then let the curls dry. You can either allow the hair to dry naturally, or if you have a bonnet hairdryer or blow-dryer with a diffuser you can speed up the drying process. (In our demonstration, we allowed the hair to dry naturally.)
 
      After the curls are dry (and cooled if you used a bonnet or blow-dryer), remove the clips (or bob pins) and smooth out the curls with your fingers. At this point, you can then use a styling brush to further smooth the individual curls, creating a style with smooth separated curls. Or if you prefer, you can simply brush the curls together as we did to create fuller curling waves.
 
      As you can see, you don't have to have curling irons, hot rollers, or curlers to style your hair. You don't even have to practice difficult techniques to get good results, and you can add as much or as little curl as you want.
 
Stacy - Hair Stylist     ©Hairfinder.com
 
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