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!

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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).

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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

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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).

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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.

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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

DIY reclaimed wood sign

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my mother-in-law sent me a link a couple years ago to a blog post about a sign she wanted me to make for her.  i told her i could make it, and i did!  it only took me 2 years to make it…

well, not really.  just 2 years to start it!

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sean took some reclaimed wood, assembled it into a rectangle – it was pretty big… about 2.5′ x4′.

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simple wood scrap braces support the back.

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i created a word document with 2 fonts: modern no. 20 & stalemate.  to save on ink i printed it as an outline only.

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i layer out all the pieces of paper, connecting them with tape.

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i trimmed anywhere the papers overlapped.

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after several different attempts, i finally figured out the quickest way to transfer the outline to the wood:  with chalk!  i kept the top edge of each word taped in place, then flipped it up…

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and coated behind the lettering by rubbing chalk on it.

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i flipped it back in place and then traced the printed outline by pressing hard with a sharp pencil.

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the chalk transferred right onto the wood!  it was trickier in some spots because of the heavily weathered wood we chose, but still turned out great.

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i was doing this project late in the night and kind of forgot to check if i had all the supplies on hand that i needed.  i ended up mixing together several bits of bottles of white paint and used a couple super thin brushes to outline the letters, then filled in with slightly wider brushes.

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after it had all dried i just dusted off the excess chalk (this pic is pre-dusting).

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i added the star at the end, using a straight edge and a white colored pencil to make the lines, then coated with paint.

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and here it is in its final resting place on my mother-in-law’s mantel.  until its time to pack up the christmas decor…

(this project was relatively simple, but pretty time consuming.  after the wood was assembled, the rest of the work took about 8 hours.  just a heads up!)