First things first: No matter what kind of hair you’re working with - extensions or wigs or anything else - the first step is the most important. You have to start with squeaky clean hair. Why? If your hair has any product build-up in it at all, styling it will only make it stiff. And what’s the point of curls that don’t bounce? For curly hair especially, movement is a must, so deep clean that hair before you begin.
Second: Blow out your hair. Sounds simple right? But here is where many of us go wrong. When blowing out hair for straight looks, we often use tension, created by brushing downward with a paddle brush in order to create tension and hold the hair straight while the hot air dries it. This method results in a very smooth, flat texture. Which sometimes we love! But when you’re going for curls and volume, you want your hair to have as much texture as possible. So blow out your hair without a brush, and without tension. Working in sections, simply hold the dryer a few inches from your head, and point it downward until your hair dries completely. Voila! You’ll know you’ve done it right when your hair doesn’t lay flat, and looks a little more natural.
Third: Part your hair into medium-sized sections with the narrow end of a comb. Working on one section at a time, start by gently brushing the hair out. Using an adjustable-heat curling iron, set the heat to around 415 degrees fahrenheit. Roll the hair onto the curler, taking care to make sure that the ends aren’t crimped. All hair is different, and it’s important to use your own discretion, but in general, we usually leave the heat on the hair for around 10-15 seconds.
Fourth: Now here’s where the magic starts to happen. When you release your hair from the curling iron, pin it to the scalp - still in a coil - to let it cool while still in the shape of the curl. Here’s a pro-tip from Breezy: regardless of its texture, hair will take on whatever shape it’s in as it cools, so releasing your hair from the curler and moving on to the next section of hair right away is no bueno. It will result in a weaker curl pattern because it cools down as gravity stretches it straight again! Who knew?!
And finally: Once all of your hair has been curled, pinned in place, and cooled, mist a bit of light holding spray all over your head. Once dried, delicately release each curl, and shake them out using your fingers. And there you have it! Gorgeous, long-lasting curls for even the finest of hair.