Isn’t it always the case that when it comes to hair, we all want what we don’t have. Brunettes want to be blondes, girls with pin-straight tresses wish they had corkscrew curls, and my curly-haired friends spend more time with a flat iron than they care to admit. What about learning how to maximize the look of your natural texture? In this episode, Herbal Essences celebrity stylist Charles Baker Strahan shows Thread viewer Kate how to make the most of her gorgeous naturally curly locks with three sexy styles. No straightening involved!
Half up, half down
Start by adding styling mousse to wet hair, then use a small barrel curling iron to accentuate the curls you already have. Brush out the curls to create high volume. The look is a “controlled frizz,” as Charles says. Use a light mist of hairspray to define the ends. Add more definition by adding styling cream to the root, then use bobby pins to pull back the top on both sides. Voila!
A romantic loose braid
Air-dry your hair, then use two different sizes of curling irons (large barrel and small) to create different textures. Give the look some structure by adding styling cream with your fingers. For the braid, start at the root with a 1- to 2-inch section of hair, and braid it to either side to frame the face. Secure the braid loosely with a bobby pin.The curly topknot
Use a small curling iron starting at the root to add texture and volume. Pull all of your hair back loosely into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic. Braid the ponytail, and allow the ends to fly out in an artfully “messy” fashion. Wrap the braid around the ponytail elastic and pin to secure. Use your fingers to pull out extra pieces for that perfectly imperfect effect.
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