Kim Kardashian – Photo Courtesy: Damian Morys
Recent times have really seen the popularity of the Kardashian sisters shoot up. With this increase in popularity comes extra interest in their hair and with good reason, for the way that their hair curls and waves is really impressive and beautiful. However, for us normal girls, getting our hair to look like theirs is hard and actually quite frustrating too.
So here are some top tips to help you style your hair in beautiful waves just like the Kardashians and prevent those all too familiar feelings of jealousy getting the best of you.
You will need:
- Volumising spray
- Straightening serum (if you have thick, unruly hair)
- Hair dryer
- A 1-inch barrel curling iron
- Hair bands and hairpins
One of the biggest steps you must take to be able to style your hair in gorgeous waves is to get the right haircut. These waves and curls will work best when your hair is medium to long in length and when you have long layers.
Each time you wish to curl your hair, you should make sure it is newly washed. Then you should towel-dry your hair and brush it so as to remove any knots and tangles.
Add styling serums/spray
This is an important step because if you don’t properly prepare your hair then the curls will not hold. Therefore if you have very straight hair that doesn’t hold curls very well then you will need to add some volumising or texturizing spray. If you have coarse or frizzy hair then you should prepare your hair with a straightening serum in order to ensure that your curls will be nice and smooth.
Once your hair is prepped with serums and sprays, you should blow dry it straight. Make sure that you start blow drying at the roots and work your way to the tips as this will make sure that volume is added. Your hair must be completely dry in order for the curls to work, so make sure that you have done this before moving on to the next step.
Section off your hair
The next step is to separate your hair into three different sections. To ensure that each section stays separate, secure them with a hair band; you can then focus on one section at a time.
Use the curling iron
Focusing on one of the three individual sections, take some hair and wrap it around the wand of the curling iron. Make sure that you do not overlap the hair as you’re wrapping it, as this will result in limp sections of the curl, due to a reduction in the amount of heat reaching the overlapped hair.
Make sure that you use your fingers to hold the hair in place at the end of the wand, instead of using the clamp but be very careful not to burn yourself. If you use the clamp, it tends to result in crimps, which make the curls look unnatural. Hold the hair on the curling iron for anything between 5-15 seconds.
Alternate your curling action
Doing this will ensure that your curls look a lot more natural, so with the first curl start off by wrapping your hair, nearest your scalp, around the wand and then for the next curl, start at the tip of the hair working your way up towards the scalp. You should also work on making some curls tighter and some looser, which will also look more natural than having uniform curls right the way through.
Pinning and releasing
Each time you finish a curl, make sure you pin it to your head with a hair pin and then once they have cooled, you can release them.
Use the cool setting on your hair dryer
Once all your curls have been released, you should set your hair dryer to cool and then gently blow the cold air onto the waves and curls. This will gently loosen them up; yet allow them to keep their shape.
Add some shine
No hairstyle would be complete without a bit of added shine, so make sure that you have your favourite hair shine serum at hand to add to your new curls to make them look lovely and glossy.
Game. Set. Match.
You are now all ready to go with your beautiful new wavy hair, which you can further set with hairspray if you want to but be careful as you don’t want the curls to be overly crunchy.
Laura Harrison blogs for the UK chain of hair salons – Supercuts. She dreams of visiting the ruins of Machu Pichu and is a self confessed chocaholic.