Monday, May 5, 2014

make-up(ish) monday: kaitlin's curls

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i'm always being asked how i curl my hair and what i use to get my smooth waves. it's so simple! i've been using a curling iron since i was, oh i don't know, 15 or so, and even though i've tried all other methods and the newest hot tools out there, i always go back to my tried and true, good old-fashioned regular curling iron.
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my hair holds curl pretty well as it is, i have some natural wave to it. i don't use a fancy or expensive curling iron, even being a hairstylist, i don't believe you have to be a snob about tools, if it works, it works! [although hair products and hair color are different!]

depending on the length of my hair, i adjust the size of the iron. you want to be able to wrap your hair at least one and a half times around the barrel to get a full curl. the bigger the barrel, the looser the curl. i use a 1 + 1/4in. curling iron from Conair. i find it works just as well as any others i have used, and i have it in many different sizes as well.

let's begin as i walk you through the steps to the perfect curls!

1 // the biggest mistake girls make when curling is starting all the way at the ends of the hair strand and curling up. do not do this! first of all, you ends are the most fragile and need the least amount of heat. the longer amount of time the hair is on the barrel, the more curl it will have. so if you wonder why your ends are super ringlet-y and the top has no wave or curl, that's why! you must start from the top of each section and slowly release the clamp and turn, bringing the ends in last.
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2 // with this method, you will get a consistent curl [especially on long hair] because the top of each section is on the barrel the longest, receiving more heat, and providing consistent even curl. the ends will be less damaged too!
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3 // the other part to this method is the direction in which you curl the hair. if you curl it all in the same direction, meaning all away or towards your face depending on your preference, you will have a very soft smooth wavy effect when you brush through it.
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3 // ok, got it! consistent curl all going in the same direction. now let's do the other side! tip: remember the size of the sections of hair to curl should be the same [doesn't have to be exact!] to the size of the barrel. ex: 1 + 1/4in. barrel = 1 + 1/4in. section of hair.
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4 // and that's it! spray some light hairspray if you want and let hair cool before you brush through either with your hands or a brush! super simple, easy, and really only takes me 5-10 minutes after blow drying my hair. always apply something to protect your hair before using hot tools!

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try this tutorial out, let me know how it goes for you, and if you have any curling tips of your own!

x's + o's
kaitlin elaine

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    1. CHELSEA!! I just tried to pin this tutorial and one of the picture options was you face!! You are a celebrity! I hope you are doing FANTASTIC

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  2. great tips! thank you, Kaitlin! But what do you use to 'protect your hair before using hot tools'?

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    2. hi! you can find my heat protectant on my haircare post here http://feelandflourish.blogspot.com/2014/05/make-up-monday-kaitlins-hair-care.html ! xo

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    3. Hi can ask what curling iron you use.

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    4. hi michelle! in the post i mentioned: "i use a 1 + 1/4in. curling iron from Conair. i find it works just as well as any others i have used, and i have it in many different sizes as well." hope that helps! i found mine at target. xo

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  3. seriously perfect. you two gals have the most enviable hair.
    xx

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  4. Oh! I always started from te bottom and I hated the way it made my hair look. Great tips! Will be trying this.
    Juli Xx
    http://juliwilliams.com

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  5. love these tips! since i chopped my hair and went through some awful colors, i've been worried about frying my ends more. i never considered starting at the top!

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  6. Thanks for doing this!!! Is there anything different when the hair is longer?

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    1. not really! it will just take a few more turns and releases of the clamp until the ends get incorporated, but it should work just the same! :)

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    2. I am so new at the curling iron thing and just can't get it!! I have studied your pictures and can't figure out how to use the curling iron from top to bottom. Help!!! You have looks so cute just can't seem to make it work.Thanks so much!

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  7. Ok, so I love your hair, but I couldn't help noticing your beautiful mustard and blush pillows in the background. Would you mind sharing where you found them? :)

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  8. I do this same method but can't seem to find a heat protectant or hair spray that I like. Any suggestions?

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    1. I love Aquage Beyond Shine, or a less expensive alternative is Vintage Glam, from Sally's

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    2. I did a post on my haircare products, i love aveda's daily hair repair leave in conditioner! http://feelandflourish.blogspot.com/2014/05/make-up-monday-kaitlins-hair-care.html xo

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  9. I love how the big curls look on your hair length! My hair is long and fine, so when I use the same curling method, I get totally different results. Maybe I should be considering a cut… :)
    www.shelearnsthings.com

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  10. Just found this post (thanks, Pinterest), and would love to know what lipstick you are wearing here!

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    1. thanks for checking it out! i honestly can't remember what I was wearing here, i'm sorry!! xo

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  11. So pretty! And I love your lipstick color--it's perfect!

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  12. Great post!! Do you have any product recommendations?

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  13. thanks for this tutorial! Do you have any recommendations for asian hair? its hard to keep a curl since its like stick straight!

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    1. I like using a product called "confixor" by aveda on my coarse-haired clients, its a liquid gel but is not crunchy. blow dry it into your hair after it's well-distributed throughout the ends and it should help hold the shape better! also, use a higher heat setting :) xo

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  14. This sounds so easy and great, I HAVE to try that tomorrow. But my curls always loosen up within a fee minutes:(:(.

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  15. I decided: no better time than the present so I got started. Took me long because I have a lot of hair appearantly. But this is a real easy way to curl your hair and get a good end-result. Got really difficult hair since about a year ago. First 2/3 came loose or broke and the new hairs that I got back were like a a too tiny curlon iron been used and also a lot of frizz. This is my new hair and didn't get to a solution to get it presentable yet. I hope the curls hold, because now it is smooth and waved and has a gloss over it. I am not the handiest person. If I can transform my look with it, you sure can too. Very happy!!

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  16. Great tips! I don't start at the ends, but it looks like I'm not starting as high up as I should either!

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  17. This is amazing. I'm seriously TERRIBLE at curling my hair...I'll need to get that curling iron (we have about the same length it looks like!) and try it out!! Thanks :)

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  18. so the 'tongue' holds the first bit and then you wrap the rest of your hair around it? How long do you keep the heat on the hair? I haven't used anything like this before so just a little confused.

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    1. You don't wrap it around with your hands, you just loosen the tongue a teeny bit and twirl again, bringung more hair in, under the tongue.
      To see a video of this, try searching "Maskcara curks" ...leave the k in there, thats a blogger's name, snd she has severla great hair videos that show this curl technique. Hope thats not bad manners to.send.you elsewhere,but its for a.good cause! ;)

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    2. Ugh, Maskcara CURLS. Not "curks", don't leave THAT k in there, ha!

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  19. How do you get your curls to stay in the summer with the humidity? I use an anti-humidity spray, but it doesn't hold for more than 5 min :( Your hair looks spectacular!!!

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  20. Ps - Do you run your fingers or a brush through the waves after you curl them? They are perfect!

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  21. I love your hair! But what length do you have originally if you have such big curls? Also, do you curl the underneath, or just the top sections of your hair?

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  22. Love that your hair looks salon worthy without using a ton of expensive products.

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  23. Such a great tutorial, I can never get my short/mid-length hair to look how I want it when curled so I'll definitely try this out!

    lamourdecaitlin.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. How how do you do the very back of the head to make it look natural?

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  25. Do you section your hair off in layers? Or do you just curl when all together? Thanks for the tutorial! I can't wait to try it out!

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