Basically, I have two everyday hair looks: wavy (via a curling iron) or natural (wavy-straight texture). When I really want to step up my hair game for a special occasion, I pull out a flat iron for what I call my “glam wavy hair” style. The result with a flat iron is more voluminous, texturized and lasting waves. I always get compliments on the look, so I put together this step-by-step glam wavy hair tutorial.
When I use a flat iron to curl my hair, I find that it’s best to use two sizes since the curls will be tighter than with a conventional spring-clasp curling iron. Lately, I’ve been loving the Glampalm Crescent 1″ Volumizer and Glampalm Crescent 1/2″ Volumizer. They heat up so fast and have a really smooth coating that glides through hair quickly for more effective styling and minimizes heat damage.
I always follow up freshly-curled hair with a good dry shampoo like Cake The ‘Do Gooder at the roots, even on clean hair. It gives hair lift and texture, which is essential for this wavy hair tutorial. For the body of my hair, I spritz on a wave spray like Cake The Wave Maker. Whenever I put in a wave-enhancing product, my hair settles into a better wavy structure.
Curling with a flat iron can be tricky, so it may take a few tries to get it right. Practicing on a day when you’re not in a rush is essential. Start by taking a small strand of hair and running the flat iron a few inches down from the scalp. Then, flip/rotate the iron about 180 degrees without letting go of the hair. Make the movement fast and visualize how you would curl ribbons with scissors for an analogous idea. Try to flip the hair in the direction away from your face for more natural curls.
I used the Glampalm Crescent 1/2″ Volumizer on the hair sections closest to my face so I could work with my wispier hairs in smaller sections. But the 1/2″ style was also good for curling small random pieces throughout my head for a better, varied texture. In addition to the essential 1″ flat iron, I think the 1/2″ iron is the key to achieving a natural and voluminous look, since the hair will relax and soften at different rates.
Do you have any tips for making wavy hair more voluminous?
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