Thursday, January 12, 2012

Falling Flat

falling flat

falling flat  
works cited: gap jeans; h&m top; j.crew cardigan; earrings made by irene wood; MIA wedges; freshly picked bag

Another one of my on-the-silly side resolutions is to try something new with my hair. I "do" my hair about as often as my taxes. The other 364 days of the year I let it air-dry or throw it in the same messy bun I've been wearing since I was 13 (Mom, you can vouch, right?). This year, I'd really love to learn how to give it some volume once in a while, but so far this resolution has been giving me trouble. First were a set of hot rollers that wouldn't stay in my (thick but very straight) hair, so they went back to the store in favor of a curling iron, which this morning burnt me twice but at least gave me loose waves which lasted about as long as it took me to walk the five blocks to my favorite coffee shop. Now my hair is about as straight as it was when I woke up this morning. What gives? I even hair-sprayed the living daylights out of it to make it stay. Hair geniuses, do you have any tips or tutorials? (I kind of tried to do this one but my hair didn't really behave like the model's.)

76 comments:

Liz Boyce said...

I have straight, fine hair that doesn't want to do much. I've found if I have layers cut into it, it tends to hold style more and have more movement.

I also notice I have better luck if I curl unwashed hair. It's super old lady of me, but on days where I'm going to curl my hair (and skip my workout in the morning) I'll either not shower or put my hair in a shower cap during my shower.

Alexis said...

Try hairspraying first, then curl, then hairspray again. I have very straight, fine hair and that seems to work.

Of course, then I end up having to wash it four times to get the hairspray out, but that's another story.

Ki said...

My hair, no matter what I do, has a life of its own. I look forward to seeing what it will do everyday! :P Love your top and cardi - the combo is super cute :)

Jess said...

Like Liz said I've found on my friends with super straight hair that curling it dirty works well. I've also found that using a strong mouse or volumizing gel in your hair before you blow dry it helps curl stay much better. I think it's something to do with all the stickiness of the product.

Hope this helps!

Libby said...

Have you heard of or tried the sock bun? I sleep with slightly damp hair in a sock bun and get crazy volume and messy waves.

Liesl said...

Adorable look and cute bag! My hair tends to fall all the time too and even with a bunch of hairspray to hold it...I just have hair problems! LOL! Yours still looks lovely!

Liesl :)

stephanie said...

Love this look. Comfy chic :)

Liz said...

I use a straigtener to curl my hair - although its a tricky skill to learn. But once I did it a few times the process became easier and easier. Now I curl all of my {super thick} hair in about 15 minutes.

Good luck T!

talley said...

I'm probably not a good person to ask for this, because I have curly hair so my hair holds an artificial curl wonderfully. However, if my curls get a little flat I use Garnier Surf Hair paste and it is wonderful! It's basically like hairspray in a paste form and you can't feel it (big plus for me.) Oh and it's like $3 at Ulta.
You should also try curling your hair with a straightener. It might work better for you, and the curls look more natural in my opinion.
In other news, I really like the way your hair looks in the pictures. I wish mine would behave like that!

Laura said...

I saw an awesome sock bun video on this blog from a while ago. I've tried it and it's amazing for girls with defiant straight hair!

http://www.therealpostgrad.com/2011/06/sock-bun.html

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@alexis--i totally did this, because that's what the tutorial suggested! but maybe i need to listen to jess and liz and do it when it's a little dirty and with some mousse or something (it was squeaky clean this morning).

@liz--i've used my straightener to curl my hair before and it definitely works and stays. the only problem is that is sometimes looks a little frizzy on top--does that happen to you, too?

@libby--i have heard of it! my hair definitely gets curly in a bun but it also holds onto the lines of an elastic which ends up looking a bit funny...

Meghan said...

I find that letting it cool before moving it around helps me out. I've got super fine straight hair. But if the hair is still hot when I start finger combing it, I lose any curl I had. I gently pin the pieces together as I work through it so it all cools down, then pick my fingers through to loosen stuff up after.

seewhatlindseyloves said...

I'm with Liz on this. I have straight, medium-long, SUPER thick hair and I use my Chi to curl my hair. I use hairspray before - something with a medium hold to allow for some movement, then I curl and then depending on the look, sometimes I'll put some wax type product in the ends and pull down to create kind of beachy waves and then spray again (pretty liberally). I like it better the second day when my curls have fallen a bit and then I can manipulate some and add in a few random ones if needed.

Definitely use lots of clips and do it in sections. Bigger sections give softer curls. I don't normally do more than 1 inch sections at a time.

There are TONS of videos on YouTube on how to do it. I've tried hot rollers, curling irons, braids, you name it and this actually works on my hair AND holds through a night's sleep without doing anything to it.

Good luck! I'm jealous that your hair is so long! It'll look really pretty! Oh yeah and once you've curled it, you can do this really cute 30 second style with your hair for the second or third day! http://seewhatlindseyloves.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/super-easy-updo/

seewhatlindseyloves said...

Oh! To fix the hair elastic problem when your hair is in a bun - have you tried Spin Pins? You can get them at CVS for like $3-$5. They're like a corkscrew bobby pin and if you twisted your hair into the big bun and pinned with a few of these, then take it down and use hairspray I bet it would look cute!

Colleen said...

I feel your pain! I also have long, stick-straight hair that resists curling like no one's business. I once had my hair curled and sprayed with the strongest hair spray known to man - and the curls still fell out within a few hours. Sometimes if I leave it in a braid overnight, it comes out kinky, but more in a frizzy mess than anything else.

Colleen
heartacheintobeauty.blogspot.com

P.S. that top and sweater look super cute together! I really love the combination of black, white, and lime green.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@lindsey--genius! thank you! i will definitely try that.

@colleen--so good to know i'm not the only one :)

TheGirlAtFirstAvenue said...

My hair is slightly wavy-slightly straight! Its a pain to style it but I once I do so.. it stays put for two days. So I guess thats good!
Love your outfit!

Shawna Faye said...

I have the same problem with my hair. I've actually found that the more product I put in my hair the faster it goes flat. I think it is because my hair is so fine that product just weighs it down. I curl it using a small barrel curling iron right after it has been freshly washed and blow-dried. It makes for tight curls at first but then they loosen up over the next day or two.

Lidi said...

I have limp hair and I'm also super lazy about putting any real effort into doing anything with it. These are a few tricks that have given me some results without too much effort/time on my part:

-When I air dry my hair, I take the crown/top area and do a little "snooki-like" poof (I twist and push up and clip with a claw clip) then when it's dry I let it down and I have some volume at the root.
-If I blow dry my hair I put some root-lifter (the one from Big Sexy Hair works) and blow dry with my hair upside down.
-other alternatives are to use volumizing powder at the roots (like Sachajuan, but it's pricey) or using a texturizing spray/ocean spray all over for an edgy look with more movement. I like the texturizer from Sally's in the green bottle and ocean spray I like the B&B one tho I don't have it bc it's pricey.
-when all else fails, a side braid is quick and cute when paired with a pair of lovely earrings!

Hope that helps!
Lidi

Anonymous said...

i used a hot tools tapered curling wand and it seems to work! my hair is frizzy-wavy and very thick but has a hard time holding a nice wave and/or curl as well.

also, i need your blouse!

Minnie said...

Have you thought about pin curls? I prefer to do them in dry hair and sleep on them overnight for a little extra volume, although you can also do them in damp hair for more dramatic curls.

Georgia said...

SPONGE ROLLERS !!!!
I cannae recommend them enough. My hair is stubborly straight too .

get sections of hair wet using a little spray bottle (one section is easier that wtting the whole hair at the same time )
coat with gel
wrap around sponge
put on hair net and leave them in over night
take them out
you will have crazy clown hair DONT PANIC!!!
brush it out - now you will come face to face with the frizz but persevere it worth it in the end
keep brushing like crazy until you get the curls you want and hairspay
VOILA !!!


georgia
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Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

Hi there. Although it may work for some people you really should never ever hairspray your hair first then curl. The heat burns the alcohol into your locks and they don't like that! The tip about not washing it, however, is true for girls with thick hair. It makes it a bit more shapeable (new word?). You should make sure you are using your iron correctly as well (aka not starting at the bottom and rolling it up and holding it there like many people think). Take a strand hold your iron upside down and wrap it around the barrel (no need to close the barrel). Hope this helps sorry its such a long response!

xx,
Erin
http://erinscurrentlycoveting.blogspot.com/

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@erin--thank you so much for your suggestions! duly noted about the hairspray...i am going to try the unwashed thing. one of the tutorials i looked at showed the girl wrapping it around the barrel--for some reason, this didn't make my hair curl very much at all but maybe i should just try again! thank you thank you.

Evelyn said...

If I braid my hair about an hour after I wash it, so it's a little damp but not wet, I have nice waves the next day (more or less kinky, depending on how big the braids were), and the waviness kind of lasts for several days. I don't brush them the day after the braids, just kind of smooth them with my hands and separate the big chunks. For the record, my hair is very long, fairly thick, and naturally a bit wavy, but mostly straight. I only wash it about every 7-10 days, when it starts to look greasy, and I think the dirtiness helps it hold the waviness better too.
In the past couple years, I've been experimenting with a lot of different braided styles, which add interest to my hairdoing routine while not requiring electricity or products. If you can learn to French braid, you can explore different braided configurations to get a lot of different looks.

Joy said...

same problem here, flat hair, curls stay in for 5 minutes! the only way i can get the curl to stay in longer is by sleeping in rollers. but i still get frizzy hair on the top... time for a cute short haircut me thinks.

Firesparx said...

As a fellow thick-and-straight-hair person here are some tips I have from my years of curling my hair for stage shows:

1) Freshly washed hair does not hold curl. Day-old hair will hold it better.
2) If hair is too long the weight of it pulls the curl out. You have super beautiful long hair, but if you want to curl more regularly you may have to lose some length.
3) Hot curlers work best on my hair (and is less time consuming than a curling iron). The key is to get the SUPER hot (let them warm up for 10 minutes) and then spray your hair BEFORE wrapping it around the curler. Then spray some more!

Desiree said...

I'm in the same boat and I've always heard that dirty hair holds style better. Take a day or two off between washings and, supposedly, it will be much easier. I have never been able to do this because my thin hair turns into a grease ball so I kind of rely on dry shampoo to amp up the volume a little. Also, mousse can work too.

Charmaine said...

Heat curls never stay in my hair either (you think they would, I already have curly hair), but I find the only way to have lasting curls is wet to dry curls.

For your straight hair that probably means sleeping with them twisted around something & letting it dry over night: foam rollers, rag rollers, even putting your hair in a couple braids & letting it dry over night. I suggest starting from half dry if you do this because if you have thick hair it can sometimes not dry the whole way through by morning if you start from dripping wet.

PoorClarinetist said...

I second the braiding suggestion! I'm also blessed with stick-straight hair. When my hair was longer, I would braid it after a shower and leave it in all night. In the morning, I would have nice waves in my hair.

I also have gotten two perms before and they turned out beautifully! I figured that I could always straighten the heck out of it when I wanted straight hair and just leave it alone when I wanted curls.

Lastly, I used to put my hair in a middleish to high ponytail and then divide the hair above the hair elastic and flip it up, over and through. I think that simplicity is key. :)

Buuuuut, I have since traded my long stick-straight hair for a short pixie cut... but still stick-straight.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't suggest using hairspray BEFORE you curl your hair because it is designed to hold a style and not for heat styling and it gives a crunchy texture I find.

I would suggest using them little silver two pronged clips wrap the curls (i wrap them around my finger like a curling iron) and let them ie let them go cold you could also try the method where people put their hair in sock buns while it is wet and go to sleep (look on you tube) also try http://www.lovemaegan.com/2011/09/revisiting-no-heat-big-curls-w-twisted.html
hope this helps
Rebecca xxxx

Ashley said...

Can't wait to read what people post because my hair doesn't hold a curl for very long either.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@ashley--so many helpful ideas! lidi's is one of my favorites--she says to clip up the top of your hair to create volume. it's genius and i'd never thought of it.

M. said...

When my hair is really long its hard to hold curl, especially the underside, which is not wavy at all. The other problem I have is that I have an aversion to using a lot of product and spray and/or mouse is really necessary to keep it for a day and through the wind. Have you, however, tried sponge rollers the night before just for 4-5 inches on the end? You can experiment to get it the right width of curl, but I found that this could be really nice and hold for 2 days. It also makes putting it up really easy -- a classy, messy bun.

Ade said...

Try Root Boost from Tigi--you spray it into damp hair to add some volume. Also, since your hair is pretty long, you might think about getting it a little more layered towards the bottom--that will really help :)

SoFashionistica said...

Fixing my hair and trying to change it up, is definitely something that I have issues with too. I have a hard time doing something different other than my normal hairstyle (which is non-existent at the moment.)

Terri said...

I struggle a lot with my hair, which is straight and super fine. I just don't have enough of it to make it look fabulous. The waves you're sporting now look adorable, and I love that green cardigan!
http://stylishsass.blogspot.com

travelswithcharlieg said...

HA! I soooo recognize myself in this post. I have hair of similar color/length and, I'm guessing from your curling woes, texture and weight. Unless I'm in the desert Southwest, my hair is 'straight' without being smooth and sleek, and frizzy without every wanting to commit to a useful curl. I used to ogle big curls, envy tousled beach-y waves, and use hot rollers & curling irons of all sizes with little success. I had kind of a hair revelation this past year and these days, do an easy curl-job whenever I wear my hair down.
The revelation (thanks to a stylist who finally had something besides worthless chatter and product to offer me) was that my hair "hangs heavy." It's why I can never pull a side-swept bang or tease my hair into the messy body 'do that every second J. Crew model is sporting these days.
I recommend a couple things for curling success:

1) Invest in a really decent curling iron with a 1-1.25" barrel. I had major guilt about this until I grabbed a friend's in my bathroom one day and was stunned by the speed with which I accomplished my curl job, and the strength of the curls. It makes a HUGE difference, and you can justify the expense of a 40-50$ iron (at a beauty supply store like Sally's) with the knowledge that it'll hack your prep time way down.
2) Lest I sound like I'm selling snake oil, it's not JUST the iron . . . you should also use the method that has you clamp the hair at the root, drag 1/3rd or half-way down the length of your hair (finger raising the clamp just barely, so you don't feel like you're ripping your hair out by doing this), then curl up to your skull with the end still dangling loose. Hold, then drag to ends, roll, hold a little more. Doing this, rather than starting at the bottom and rolling up, gives body or curl around your head, where heavy hair tends to pull straightest. I know a lot of tutorials say not to use the clamp, just wrap hair around the barrel. But that is clumsier/harder/more prone to burn you (or uh, maybe that's just me). It *can* work, but the curl doesn't hold as long and in my experience, it take more practice (and hairspray) to pull off.
3) Whenever a tutorial says "split into 4 (or 5) sections"--you'll need to do more. At least 6. I always aim for as few as possible, because I'd rather sleep in than spend an hour on my hair--but know you might need to go back and do a few extra grab-and-curls with sections from your top layer of hair to get the body you want.
4) Consider hacking 2-3 inches from your length, and asking for some "internal layers." You might notice the difference, but no one else will--not with hair that long. The layering especially just takes some bulk out of your hair (seems counterproductive when you want to add body, I know) and frees your hair of that bit of extra weight that wants to drag the curl out.

I rarely use any product post-shower because I hate the smell (or the sticky feel of it). If it's rainy, I'll do 2 light spritzes on each half after I've finished with that side. Or if I've curled post-shower/blow-dry and have an immediate dinner or a date (aka, no time for that hair to calm itself down)--a tiny bit of Aveda smoothing cream to tame any frizz the heat didn't smooth out.
I can't remember exactly, but I think Kendi Everyday and/or Little Tin Soldier (Cucakes & Cashmere? Daybook? Hmmm.) have helpful tutorials, as long as you take in to account the differences between their hair and yours, and modulate accordingly. I JUST got on Pinterest (roostercalls), but I think I pinned one of them there.

And UGH, lest you think me completely vapid after 5+ paragraphs on hair-doin': let me assure you that I'm also a serious, diss-writing grad student...who has fought epic battles with her hair ;) Hope this helps!

sartoriography said...

I honestly know nothing about hair. Mine is a sort of big-bodied, half curly mess on one day and a board-straight, useless waterfall on the other. All these other women have much more sound advice than I.

What I have to say is this:

COME WITH ME TO AFRICA! I'm still very bummed by our "ships in the night" meeting in SF last month (and still feeling vaguely unsettled when I think about that stomach biz). I promise to feed you and give you all the books on my Kindle/Enemy of Books and share with you everything I own if you'll be my traveling companion. I know how swayed you are by the promise of being given something of mine... ;)

alayne said...

I curl my hair with a flat-iron and that seems to stay better than a curling iron. You could also try a sock bun (look on youtube or pinterest for details) and those make pretty curls as well. I know that blow-drying your hair upside down helps with volume. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi! So I never knew how to curl my hair ever. I've owned velcro curlers, hot rollers, and way more curling irons than I'd like to think of. I just thought that my hair didn't curl, but that isn't true, I've learned. I know you tried curling with a flat iron before, but this is by far the best tutorial I've seen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgUt31h_jag
And for curling with a curling iron, this is the best I've seen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFSQc1IOV8I
(I skip the pinning....)
Of course, I need hair spray after the fact (never before!). John Frieda Moisture Barrier has worked best for me. And I've had the same bottle for probably 6 years.

Jessica said...

Invest in a ceramic curling iron from a beauty supply store. Mine was about 50 bucks but TOTALLY WORTH IT! My curls last days with it -- compared to just hours with my cheapie metal one from CVS. Mine is HotTools, with the purple barrel.

Lindsey P. said...

I also have extremely thick, straight-ish hair. Hot rollers don't work, and curling irons don't do much better.
Honestly, I've found two things that have helped my hair hold curls/waves better than anything. One is to use a dollop of bumble and bumble straight hair styling gel before I blow dry. I run it through my towel-dried hair, then blow dry as usual.
Next (and here's the tricky part that took some practice), I use my flat iron to create waves. Yeah, it works. And the curls stay! Indiana over at Adored Austin has a great tutorial on how to do it:
http://www.adoredaustin.com/2010/07/review-hana-elite-flat-iron-courtesy-of.html

I followed her tutorial and, although it takes practice to master it, I love the results. Hope that helps!

Maddy said...

braid your hair in multiple braids or in two or one and sleep in it wet! that's my suggestion, anyway. I have super thick wavy/curly hair so this has never been a problem for me. A good friend of mine has hair similar to yours and I know braids work for her :)

Jill said...

I was actually thinking your hair looked a little wavy! But I share your pain about my hair not holding curl. One thing I found that can work is blowdrying your hair after a shower until it's almost dry, but not quite, then twisting it into 2 buns at the nape of your neck. Keep them in for about a half hour, then shake them out and go! I use Moroccan oil in my hair before drying and it seems to help set the curl and fight the frizz. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

for me, i do it the old fashion way. the night before, i take a shower. when my hair is damp ( NOT WET!) i put it in curlers. Kind of like what grandmother's did. then i go to sleep, when i wake up i take 'em all out and voilĂ ! then i hairspray. it works for me really well :)

mandi said...

Hairdresser on Fire (www.hdofblog.com) suggests putting mousse in wet hair to give it some body and some hold before you dry it. Then, curl it, root to tip, and let the curls cool and set. She has a ton of great video tutorials on her site (including one for beach waves, which is helpful here) for cute and usually easy ways to do your hair. Good luck and love your blog!

Anonymous said...

I have a spiral curling iron like this- http://www.conair-store.com/product_detail.asp?T1=CON+CD88SCS
I curl on top over the spiral- those curls aren't going anywhere for days. The curls look a little over the top on me, but maybe your hair will fall somewhere in the middle? My hair is naturally curly, but I use it to make odd straight piece match the rest of my head.

jamie said...

I saw a good one on the Refinery29 site. It was a video. They were using a curling iron without a clamp thing though.

http://www.refinery29.com/curling-iron-curls-how-to-video

I haven't tried it though. I have thick hair like you, and it seems like it would work? Haha.

Girlie Blogger said...

Yikes. Thinking about taxes makes me a bit sick right now. Cute sweater. Love the color.

http://www.thegirlieblog.com

budgetgradstudent said...

Nothing about the hair, but love the bag. Where did you find that one?

Katya said...

Taxes? Did you say taxes? I can't hear you ;)

The best way I've found to give more volume to my flat hair is to sleep with it in a bun on the top of my head. I usually wash it a few hours before bed time and then throw it up into a bun. The secret is not to use elastics and instead use a flat bottomed clip (got mine from Walmart!) Hope that helps!

xx
thistimeisacharm.blogspot.com

Alyssa said...

Yay hair:

Use a heat protectant spray (I use tressame for about $3), and maybe even a curl holding mouse before you dry your hair. Then when you curl it with the curling iron, leave it as the perfect little ringlets while you get ready. Don't run your fingers through it for at least 15-20 minutes. That way the curls set before you pull them out loose.

Also, consider trying a no heat curl plan. Like rag curls, or that headband version thats all over pinterest.

Good luck!
xoxo,
Alyssa

p.s. i LOVE when you do maiden braids!

mayaari said...

I've got stubbornly straight hair as well, and when it gets long I lose what little volume I can get from the crown. I've tried curling irons, straighteners, and clipless wands to curl my hair, only to have the curls fall out within a few hours - even with copious amounts of hairspray. I just posted a heat free method on my blog (http://xmayaarix.blogspot.com/2012/01/revisiting-no-heat-curls-method-no-2.html) that works surprisingly well - the video I linked on the entry explains the process well, but you basically wait until your hair is about 75% dry, and then you put a stretchy headband around your head and wrap your hair around it repeatedly. It might be trickier with hair as long as yours to get all of it twisted, but I'm sure you could just twist the extra length into one or two buns. Let your hair dry - or if it's done neatly enough, wear it that way as an updo - and when you take the headband off, you're left with a ton of curls. Just brush them out with your fingers or a few passes of a brush, set with a little hairspray, and they won't fall flat for hours! I actually went to bed after pulling the headband off and my hair was still pretty wavy the next day. A little hair serum works to control any frizz and add some shine.

as for volume, I haven't tried this method myself, but I've seen a few videos where women used a hair crimper to add a little volume...the trick was to crimp small sections of hair under your part, so it doesn't look obvious.

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Genie said...

Love the blouse! As for the hair, have you tried using a heat protectant spray? I like using got2b "guardian angel", not only does it keep my hair from safe, but it helps with keeping the curl and body of the hair for two days. Hope this helps!

xoxo,
Genie


www.uniqueandchicstyle.blogspot.com

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@travelswithcharlie--thank you so so so much for your suggestions, you are COMPLETELY right! my hair is super thick and heavy and i'm exactly the same about bangs, etc. my style/beauty guru friend jen also wrote me an email echoing your sentiments--that i need to cut my hair if i'm really dedicated to getting a curl. i'm so grateful for your suggestions and i would never think it's silly to think about hair. serious diss writing and thinking about one's hair are not mutually exclusive activities, in my opinion.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@katya--yes, genius suggestions! what is a flat-bottomed clip, though? hair elastics put a kink in my hair, so i'd love to find a way around that.

Kassie Nichole said...

I agree with some of the other comments - if you are going to use heat [curling iron, straighter, etc], do it with dirty hair. I also have thick, long, straight hair and no heat methods work the best and stay in the longest for me. My favorite is the bun method, cuz it's super easy! On damp hair, before you go to bed put some product {mousse or some curl booster} then just part your hair down the middle. Put 3-4 twist buns on each side, then give it a healthy dose of hair spray. Now SLEEP. In the AM take out the buns and "finger comb" it. You should have some nice waves. I usually add a bit more product and coat of hair spray before I head out the door! There is also headband method which worked really well, but was just too curly for my personal tastes. It's more complicated to explain but you can find you tube videos on it. :) Good luck!

-Kassie
WWW.Gingerflair.blogspot.com

Liz said...

Just saw your reply in the comments! I've never had frizz happen at my roots - but I usually start my curl about 2 inches down from the root. I would think using any type of aragon oil would help with frizz.

I also saw someone recommended Garnier Frutisse Surf Paste - I use this stuff as well (usually once I've curled my hair). It helps make my curls look a little more natural.

Good luck!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

Ok do you think I can fit in your carry on?

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

How do you hold the buns in? I love this idea and think it's probably better than curlers for me but elasticity leave big kinks in my hair--do you have a secret?

Connie Hope said...

I use scrunchies! They aren't very cute but they dont leave dents and I always have a ton of volume in the morning!

rubi said...

So glad you tried my tutorial! Have you seen my list of products that make your hair the perfect kind of dirty? Those help with volume and give you the dirty texture other comments are talking about that help holding a curl.

Another suggestion is cutting your hair a bit, not necessarily length wise but getting some weight removed or interior or exterior layers. That would give your hair room to curl because it won't be weighed down by itself. Good luck and feel free to email me with any questions, I'd love to help!

Jennifer said...

Mine seems to stay best with this formula: put mousse in wet hair, let dry, then hairspray each piece before and after curling

Anonymous said...

I used to have the same issue with my flat hair. I would definitely recommend Living Proof's (www.livingproof.com) Full line of styling cream or mousse. It's a new molecule technology that helps add body and volume. I'm completely addicted and use it every day! You can get some from sephora, or get a free sample from their website.

2ndhandknowledge said...

I would give hair tips, but my hair is naturally TOO voluminous, haha!

I like your cardigan. I wish I could get away with wearing that color!

Mica said...

Love your top!

I just use a volumising shampoo and it works well to give me hair a bit of extra volume :) Blow-drying upside down helps too! :)

AnnaKate said...

Whose hair WOULD behave like that model's?! haha. I like to twist my hair as I wrap it around the iron-- that helps me a lot. My hair never held curl before.

Leda said...

Your adorable friend Sydney from The Daybook posted this wavy hair tutorial a while ago. http://vimeo.com/16125536
Give it a try!! xo

Cathey said...

I'm late, but I still wanted to chime in with my 2 cents!
I have a lot of super-fine hair, and am just now learning at 26 how to make it hold a curl! If I am starting with wet hair, I use a Remington Airwave to dry it. You put a section of hair in a tunnel attachment and it essentially whips your hair around in a hot little tornado to dry it. Depending on the size section you put in, you can get tight curls or loose waves. And my stubborn hair was still curly the next day after sleeping on it!
If my hair is already dry and I want to curl it, I use a curling wand. The only real trick I've ever tried that has helped hold the curl is to kind of cup the hot curled hair in your hand until it cools off. Gravity will only hurt you if you let the freshly curled section fall down, pulling the curl right out before it has time to set. So slip the curl off the iron/wand into your hand and let it cool completely before letting it fall. It hold a curl so much better!
Good luck!!

Shaye said...

Wow, there are a lot of suggestions here, so I might be duplicating, but here goes. I have naturally curly/wavy hair, but I do hair for a community theater soi have lots of experience helping figure out how to style other types. The big theater mantra is to always start with dirty hair. So if you're heat curling, that's definitely how you want to start out. A curl defining mousse or other styling product meant for heat curls couldn't hurt if your hair is especially stubborn. The key to heat curls is to remember that if one section of hair doesn't turn out the way you want, you have to let it cool off before trying again. You can't heat curl hair that is already hot. You'll just frustrate yourself trying.

You might try Velcro rollers if you're looking more for volume than curl. Those are the big colorful rollers that look like something from the 60s. The key for volume is to get at the roots. Something I've found works pretty well is to tie a scarf all the way around my head like a headband and let it dry that way. That gives volume around the face. And I'd be remiss in a discussion of volume if I didn't mention backcombing. A little goes a long way, and will create a structure of crisscrossed hair for hairspray to bind together, which will leave behind some pouf. I'm not talking mall bangs or beehive. Just a little, underneath an area where you want volume, might work. You don't want to do it too hard or you'll damage your hair.

Lastly, it is true that long, thick hair that's mostly one length is super hard to style. If you're serious about trying to style it on a regular or daily basis, you might want to think about some layers as was mentioned above. They shouldn't much affect the way our hair looks when it's dry, or the ability to do a messy bun, but it would make getting volume and/or curl out of styling much easier, and much quicker.

bethfisher30 said...

Hi Tania! I love your blog and have been following for a while. I should have commented WAY before now. Ugh. I'm sorry! Anyway - and I apologize if people have said this already - but I have a few tips for you. First, when using a curling iron, divide hair into three sections from top to bottom. From there, curl the bottom section first and use only small sectoins (I'd say mine are about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. After curling is complete, style with fingers (don't brush or comb) and spray. It also helps to apply a small amount of gel, mousse or other styling product to damp hair before drying.

Also, if hot rolling, curl in small sectoins (make sure section is no wider than the roller itself) and let set until the rollers cool. This will ensure the curl sets.

I'd also add that I think your hair always looks great so my last tip is not to worry. :) Happy primping!

Ann said...

hi, not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet...but check out sock bun curls, it DOES work!!

http://www.kaylaaimee.com/2011/10/i-heart-pinterest-sock-bun-curls/

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@ann--yes, i did check it out! looks interesting, i'm definitely going to try it!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

@rubi--can't believe you read this, i'm thrilled! your tutorial was incredible but you're absolutely right about the layers--i think my hair is too heavy/thick and i need smaller or thinner pieces to make it work.

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