Curl Me: How to Create Curls using GHD Styling Tools

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Continuing this year’s ‘hair’ theme on StyleOnTheCouch, Blog Reader, I’m writing to you about how I create curls in my hair.  I’ve had a lot of questions about my hair since beginning the blog – I have naturally curly locks but they need a little help to achieve the smooth and sleek look that I love.  My relationship with my hair hasn’t always been an easy one.  Straight hair is generally more desired – it’s smooth, shiny and you can use a brush without completely ruining your look.  Curls (and the inevitable frizz that goes with it) are the anomaly.

It was only when I moved to NYC I took more of an interest in styling my hair.  Manhattan ladies are addicted to blow dries and I joined them! It was through going to have my hair done professionally and getting tips from some wonderful stylists that I learned how to create the curls I really wanted.  I love the romantic, wavy, bouncy look – I feel very grown up with curls and waves, and when I’m having a good hair day I certainly feel sexy.

Here is my step by step guide to creating curls using my favourite GHD styling products which I find best for this look:

One: Wash, shampoo, condition and dry your hair.

Wash, shampoo and condition your hair using your favourite products for your hair type.  I was gifted the GHD Air hair dryer at Christmas which I’ve come to love for its ergonomic design and fast drying ability.  It locks moisture in my hair that makes my hair look shiny and reduces frizzing. I tend to finger dry my hair by running my fingers through like a comb, then using a paddle brush which is great for de-tangling.  Before the next step I apply a heat protection spray or serum to protect against damage through further styling.

Two: Divide the hair.

I separate my hair into smaller sections to make the curling part easier.

Three: Curls!

Rather than using a curling tong to create curls, I use my GHD Straightening Iron.  Within each section I create strands of hair that are around one to one and a half inches thick.  Holding the iron at a slight angle, I clamp it over the hair beginning near the head, holding the ends of that section with my other hand.  Move the irons down the hair slightly to the place you want the curls to begin.  And now the tricky part – rotate the styler 180 degrees and continue to move it slowly down to the end of the hair.  (It takes a bit of practice to do this fluidly – you can get a ‘kink’ if you don’t continue the motion….)  At the end, release the irons and use your fingers to twirl your hair in the direction of the newly created curl to emphasise the bounce.  Repeat for each section of your hair.

Four: Protect and finish.

I use a little serum on my newly curled hair to give some shine, and spray with hairspray too to hold the look in place.  If you find your curls are too tight, run your fingers through for a more wavy, relaxed look.

So there you have it, Blog Reader. Loose, bouncy, curly hair.  Any questions leave me a note below.   Curl friends, if you do something different, I’d love to hear that, too!

Have a great weekend, Blog Reader!


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I’m very excited to launch my series of features about hair on StyleOnTheCouch.  When it comes to my hair, Blog Reader, I’m fiercely protective about my locks and passionate about keeping them in good condition.  My identity is kinda linked to my hair – if there happens to be more than one Sarah in my group, I’m easily differentiated by being ‘the one with the (big, curly) hair’.  I’ll likely eschew a manicure or a massage in favour of a blow dry because in my mind, a good hair day is a good day all round.

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StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Romance

Easter weekend in Manhattan was a bright and sunny affair – we’re still edging into spring but the temperature on Sunday was quite glorious.  I spent the afternoon in Central Park with a friend and I also caught up on the collections I’m dying to wear this summer.  Petiole is one of these.  I wrote about them back in January - timeless, wearable and romantic garments that make an easy transition from day into night.  For spring 2012 the label have introduced a lovely colour palette of lavender, grass-green, mango and neutrals for their collection of dresses and skirts, shorts and rompers:

My favourite pieces from Petiole are undoubtedly the silk dresses.  They have a wonderful feel on the skin and lovely movement – Petiole use crepe de chine and reverse charmeuse, the latter is often used for lingerie.

Romantic dresses such as these require romantic hair.  I was lucky to work with hair stylist Ashley Maybruck for this shoot, who I met after seeing her styling within the September fashion week presentation for designer Morgan Carper.  Along with styling my hair we talked about hair trends for summer 2012 and Ashley gave me her insider knowledge on curls.  She also provided some tips and hints on how to recreate different looks – her thoughts are below….

Trend #1: Zooey Deschanel Early 60′s look: She is beyond popular right now with her hit TV show New Girl and with her quirky sense of humor and indie retro look this hair style is sure to be popular. I know several people who have gotten bangs because they wanted to achieve this.

How to achieve:
1) let your hair dry naturally and add just a few curls here and there to add texture. Take a 1″ curling iron (the barrel works best at this size) and curl pieces about 1/2 ” – 1″ thick.
3) then use a light spray such as Oribe Superfine Hairspray or for those who are budget conscious try Sebastian Zero Gravity
 Note: For fine hair, before step two use a volumizing product such as Oribe Volumista Mist or Big Sexy Hair So Pumped Volumizing Mist
Trend #2: Shoulder Length Beach Curls: Like Ashley Benson with her look at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards, this is also very easy to achieve and is my personal favorite look this season!
 How to achieve:
1) To damp hair add a small amount of mousse such as Tresemme Mousse
2) Blow dry with a brush
3) Take a small section of hair and place the ends at the base of your large curling iron barrel and then wrap the hair up around the barrel until you reach your mid-lengths. Hold the hair for five to 10 seconds and then release the hair by unwinding the strands backwards
4) Style the tips with styling wax such as Eufora Styling Wax or Bumble and Bumble Styling Wax.
5) Sleek down with some shine spray like Redken Shine Spray or with a light hairspray
Trend #3: Long Hair with Romantic Curls: I truly think long hair is going to be the leader next to the Zooey Deschanel look.
 How to achieve:
1) I find it best to let the hair dry naturally to get a slight bounce to the hair
2) With a 1″ curling iron barrel take 1/2″ – 1″ sections of hair and curl backwards (away from the face)
3) Again apply styling wax to the ends, spray down with Shine Spray and finish with a light hairspray.
Some of my other favorite products and tools to use to achieve these looks are:
Babyliss Clipless Tapered Curling IronRusk Shine Spray and TIGI Wax Stick (perfect for fly aways!)

If you would like to find out more about Ashley and her services, visit her website here.  Will you be wearing curls this summer, Blog Reader?