Get Supermodel-Worthy Curls

November 15, 2011

I don’t know about you but I just about swoon every time I see Gisele’s stunning hair (like in this photo from her H&M ad). The color, the length and those gorgeous curls. How does she get them looking so natural and imperfect and polished at the same time? Here’s how to get them for yourself (no celebrity stylist required):

Set the stage

After towel-drying your hair, work through a conditioning oil like Moroccan Oil to add shine and tame frizz. Next, add a curling lotion to your hair.  Then “rough dry” your hair with a blow dryer until about 80 per cent dry. It should feel just about dry, but still have some moisture left.

Section off your hair into two to three inch sections. The total number of sections will depend on how much hair you have. Mine is thick – so I usually have about 25 sections.

Wrap, Curl, Repeat

Take one of the sections and wrap it around your index and middle finger, using your fingers as the “curler”. Once you have wrapped the section around your fingers,  take a bobby pin and slide through the bottom of the curl (closet to your scalp) and secure. Slide your fingers out. You have just created your first pin-curl. Repeat until all sections are secured.

If you’re tight on time (what Mom isn’t?) – you can dry your curls with a blow dryer on low. Gently direct the stream of air over the curls for about 5-10 minutes. Then, allow curls to cool for about 5 minutes (or the time it takes to finish off your makeup) before unrolling them.

If you have more time, instead of blow drying, allow curls to air dry for about 15-30 minutes.

To remove,  carefully unwrap each curl and remove the bobby pin. Then, gently rake your hands through your hair (no brushes please) to break up the curls. If you have a bit too much volume, work a dime-sized amount of styling cream through your hair.  For a bit more hold, finish with a shine-enhancing hairspray.

The best part about these curls is that once you get the hang of it they are so easy. You can even try sleeping in the pin curls if you’d like, but you might have to do a bit of touching up in the morning with a curling iron. Also, remember – the longer you leave them in, the curlier they will get.

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