everyday curly hair

everyday curly hair

i’ve been asked over and over how i curl my hair, and while i’m no expert, i’m going to share my simple technique with you today!

i basically have 2 ways i curl my hair – one for everyday and another, more full version, for fancier occasions.  this is the faster everyday version.

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before & after

everyday curly hair

here’s the tools i use (and these may just blow your mind):  curling iron, bobby pins, and hairspray

everyday curly hair

i start with clean dry hair.  a lot of people suggest having day old dirty hair for better curls.  while i agree with that, i like to make good use of my time, and i want 2 days of curly hair out of my hair curling efforts.  but i have to wash my hair about every other day, so i start with it clean.  but you do whatever you want ;)

everyday curly hair

i start in the front with a smallish section, separating it from the rest of my hair.

everyday curly hair

i give it a few spritzes of hairspray.

everyday curly hair

and then i use my curling iron upside down, without the clamp bar thing.  i know there are curling wands that do this same thing, but i already had a curling iron and don’t want buy a new tool. #cheap

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i wrap from the roots to the tip, and hold it for a few seconds.

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then i slowly slide the hair off the curling iron to the end, keeping in the circular shape…

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then take that little loop of hair and pin it against my scalp!

everyday curly hair

then i grab the next section and start again.  another tip: i generally curl away from my face (think farrah fawcett) rather than toward my face (think pollyanna).

everyday curly hair

when i am curling on my left side, my arms have to get a little funky and go over my head to hold the curling iron upside down.  consider your arm exercises done for the day! #multitasking

everyday curly hair

wrap…

everyday curly hair

wrap…

everyday curly hair

wrap…

everyday curly hair

wrap!

notice i don’t curl my bangs.  they get real wonky when anything other than a flat brush and a blowdryer hits them.

everyday curly hair

another odd, behind the back, over the shoulders position.  all for the curls.

everyday curly hair

each piece is curled and pinned (i probably do about 10-12 curls in this version).

everyday curly hair

if any curls come loose i just add another pin.

everyday curly hair

then i give another few spritzes of hairspray all over, for good measure.

everyday curly hair

then i wait for my hair to cool completely.  usually, i’ll just finish getting ready, do my makeup or get dressed, but today that was all already done.

everyday curly hair

after about 5-10 minutes i start pulling out the pins, letting the curls just fall.

everyday curly hair

 

everyday curly hair

once all the pins are removed i have nice bouncy ringlets!  sometimes i just leave the ringlets as they are until i’m in the car heading wherever we’re going.

everyday curly hair

everyday curly hair

then i finger comb my ringlets.

everyday curly hair

and now they are big and full!  wow!  but a little too full for everyday hair for my taste, so i pull it through my hands a little more to tame the size.  and the curls loosen a bit throughout the day to look a little more mild.

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thats it – all done!

a couple things that i think help my curls: i have colored my hair, so i think that adds extra texture.  also, grey hair.  and my biggest tip: a newer curling iron!  this one is a couple years old, but my last one was from junior high, and i just couldn’t figure out why my curls wouldn’t hold!  duh.

 

everyday curly hair

instafriday

its been a long time since i’ve shared my weekly instagram photos here, so today we’ll do a recap!  i love sharing my phone pics here because its like a diary of my everyday life.  come join me on instagram – i’m thepleatedpoppy.  i’m linking up with my friend jeannett.

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clockwise:  our family at our school’s history day/viking challenge //  teaching the kids how to make fresh tortilla chips //  rearranging the kitchen cabinets, making some things easier to reach for the kids //  lily making all of us chubby with weekly banana bread and chocolate chip cookies

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art work by gracie, age 11 1/2

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wedding #1 for a sweet cousin, and how did my kids get so old?!

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wrapping gifts //  pompom wreath //  not-made-by-martha cookies // the sad state of our christmas tree lights

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my goofy boy //  treating the kids to hot chocolate //  our annual christmas morning torture test for the kids while we get our coffee and cameras ready //  silas’ creative skills at bed making

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hiking to the top of a local mountain with the family to see the tree of lights //  watercolor by grace // celebrating reaching the top with my boy //  getting some much needed time out with just my girls

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flying out of LA for a trip with just sean in seattle

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wedding for cousin #2 – the sweetest!

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fall decor in the thrift store window (i forgot to snap a pic of december’s window) //  i went to forever 21 to return socks and came home with this! //  silas is loving his lego bible //  lily wearing her “bear cheeks” jambes we brought back for the kids from seattle

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working on a sparkly project //  like father, like son //  the kids all geared up for pajama day at school //  my brother’s family enjoying our incredible summer-like weather with us

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roses from our yard that just won’t quit //  quieting the house after christmas // a couple attempts at decorating above our piano in our entryway

ok, so that covers a couple months!  i’m hoping to get back to regular posting schedule again now that life is settling down after the holidays.