Friday, September 17, 2021

Curling Your Hair

Although I have wavy, frizzy, curly hair, I sometimes choose to curl it because I'm looking for a specific look rather than relying on what God gave me.  On the other hand, I have friends who curl their hair because they have straight hair and it's the only way for them to get any wave.  The nice thing about curling your hair is that there is more than one way to do it.

One of the more lasting ways to get a curl is to have it permed.  My mother is one of those ladies who would go into the beauty parlor to get her hair permed twice a year.  The rest of the year, she'd maintain the curl by using those small foam curlers.  

A perm is a chemical process that changes the texture of the hair so it curls or waves.  Basically, the hair is rolled on rods, a solution is applied to the hair to set the curl, a neutralizer is also applied to stop the process, the hair is rinsed and dried.  Depending on the look and the hairdresser, they might use fabric, finger waves, or rollers instead of using the rods so now you can get anything from spiral curls to beach waves.

Although it is possible to get a package to do a perm at home it is highly recommended you go to a stylist because you need the proper type of perm product for your hair.  Getting a perm on previously colored or relaxed hair can be tricky which is another reason a professional should do it. A perm can last several months but there are things you can do to keep the curl in your hair.  Always let your hair air dry most of the way before you use a diffuser to finish the job. If you use a flat iron, keep it down at 300 degrees otherwise you could easily fry your perm.

If you don't want to mess with a perm, there are other ways to curl your hair.  In addition to being able to straighten your hair with a flat iron, you can also curl it but a curling iron is specifically designed to curl the hair. . If you've never curled your hair with a curling iron before, it is advised that you practice with a cold iron to learn the technique before turning on the heat.  Furthermore, always apply a heat protectant spray to help protect the health of your hair and set the temperature of the curling iron down to between 300 and 350 degrees. 

There are four techniques associated with a curling iron.  You can do a flat hair wrap, a lazy curl, spiral curls, or red carpet curl with your curling iron.  On the other hand, you can use a flat iron to curl your hair.  There are two recognized techniques one can use with a flat iron, ribbon curls or push waves, also known as S waves.  

Now if you'd rather not use a curling or flat iron, there are several ways to acquire curls without the heat.  No matter which of the following methods you use, use the proper product such as curling cream, gel, or spray to help the curl last longer.  One of the easiest ways is to braid your hair while damp and let it dry overnight.  If you want looser waves, use a loose braid but if you want more curls, use a tighter braid, or a series of smaller braids.

Another way is to take your hair and twist it into small buns. Divide your hair up into two to three inch sections, then twist each section into a bun, and secure the ends with two bobby pins. When the buns are dry, take them down and voila, you have really nice curls.  If you prefer, take the small sections and put them into pin curls and secure with either bobby pins or clips.  I've used pin curls, they are quite comfortable to sleep in and the results were really nice.

On the other hand, you could take the same two to three inch sections and roll them up using pieces of fabric.  You can take an old t-shirt, cut it up into 15 to 20 strips that are one to two inches wide and between eight and ten inches long. The way to use these is to take a damp section and begin rolling it with the rag from the ends to the top before tying the ends together.  Leave until its dry and take out.

Finally, use those curlers that are foam covered wires. The ones you roll from the ends up and twist to secure.  When the hair is dry, take them out and you are set.  I've used them before but I prefer pin curls because I don't have those come out as often as I do those rollers.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

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