Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easy Loose Curls Tutorial



If you've ever watched a Victoria's Secret commercial and wished you had the soft, wavy curls of the models but didn't know how to achieve that without looking *ahem* inappropriate, I wanted to show you an easy way to get those sexy, natural curls in about 10 minutes.

Today's tutorial is a very, very basic lesson on how I get loose, everyday curls that I frequently wear in my videos. There are many ways to curl hair including with a flat iron but I find that using a good old curling iron is the quickest and easiest method for me. Click on, dear readers, for the video!


PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

J. Crew watch strap bracelet (similar)
Starfish cuff via Hautelook (my invite)

ON ME:

Forever 21 tee (similar/similar/similar)
Forever 21 orange blazer (similar/similar/similar)
Amrita Singh necklace (similar/similar/reversible)


Here's a look at the back of my head. For those wondering, yes I had my hair ombre dyed last year which has all but grown out at this point. (I just got my hair cut and colored a couple days ago but you guys will get to see that soon. Don't worry, it's not crazy or interesting at all.)

You can see that the curls fall like loose waves in the back and changing the direction the curls are going helps to give more fullness and volume to the hair. The resulting curls are bouncy and touchable.

Really, I think the most important part of obtaining loose curls is using a larger barrel curling iron. The one I used for this tutorial is the Babyliss Pro 1.5" ceramic curling iron but I also have a Jilbere 1.25" curling iron from Sally Beauty that I love just as much. How cute is this breast cancer one in pink? Wish that had been there when I bought mine!


I hope that my tips helped you to get those beautiful everyday curls you've been dreaming about! Let me know in the comments if you have any other hair curling tips to share, or if you have any requests for future hair tutorials. Have a great weekend!



44 comments:

  1. LOVE your looks Jen!

    http://mistletea.blogspot.com/

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  2. This is a really helpful video. I used to curl my hair like this when I had long hair. Now I have short bob and I usually wear it straight, but I need to try with curling. I might make a blog post/video about that :)

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  3. I want these curls so bad I am trying them out! xx
    lucyamazingjuicy.blogspot.com

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  4. Nice video! I think half of what makes the look successful is starting with a good cut. Do you mind sharing with the readers just what you tell your stylist when it comes to getting your hair cut? Do your layers start at a certain point?

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    1. I usually tell the hairstylist that I want layers all around starting near my ears and going to the ends. This was after not getting my hair cut for a good 6 months or so, so my layers have all grown out quite a bit. :)

      It's really always easiest to show them a picture when getting a cut so they know exactly what you are looking for!

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  5. thanks for the vid :D
    Btw have you tried the three barrels iron? I have yet to try but it will give you a wonderful wave <33

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    1. I don't have a 3-barrel iron but I do have a wave iron which I really love! I did a tutorial showing how to use it here: http://www.frmheadtotoe.com/2011/10/gangster-smokey-eye-for-any-costume.html

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  6. I have naturally curly hair, and I know you've said in the past that you have a bit of wave in yours. What flat-iron do you use, if any?

    I love your tutorials -- you're easily the best YouTube makeup and hair guru for achieving fun and natural looks that aren't just "60s" or "celebrity inspired" and the like. They're so easy to follow, even with my super hooded eyes.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like my tutorials! I have 2 flat irons. My 1" one is a GHD and I have a bigger 2 or 3" CHI for when I want to straighten hair fast. :)

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  7. haha it's funny, it always seems like the grass is greener on the other side...those who have curly hair are always straightening (i.e. me) and those you have straight hair are always curling. :D

    ke
    http://blissfullyke.blogspot.com

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  8. wow! nice curls. But.. how long does the curl last? what hairspray do u use that makes this last longer but without making the hair look so crisp and wet?

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    1. It usually lasts for 1.5 days or until I wash my hair. My hair takes curl pretty well, although when I was younger (prepubescent) it could never keep a curl.

      Two hairsprays I recommend are Kenra and L'Oreal Elnett which both have a really nice flexible hold without being crunchy.

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  10. hi jen! do the curls look the same when you use your 1.25" curling iron? or do the curls look tighter? i'm trying to figure out what size barrel i should get.

    your hair looks amazing. i'll have to practice because my hair never comes out the same.

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  11. I love your curls! There's so much volume to it! For some reason, I can't really curl my hair even though I have tons of hair :( and I can't really get both side of my hair to look "even"/same if you know what I mean.. how do you do that?

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  12. WOW! you are absolutely so freakin gorgeous! PERFECT CURLS :) and i love your outfit...makes me happy :)

    do you mind checking out my blog I recently made! that would make my day!! so far it's just some reviews, outfit of the days and makeup looks!

    www.demure-porcelain.blogspot.com

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  13. Hey Jen, can i ask what lipstick you're wearing in this tutorial? I love the color :)

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  14. you are so prettyyyyy XD and thanks for the tutorial! :D

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  15. ♥ the video, your hair looks amazing..

    x
    http://glossandmagic.blogspot.com/

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  16. <3 the hair, Jen... I wish my hair was as long as yours, but I don't think I have the long hair gene :( I have been trying to grow my hair for the past year and it isn't growing? Any tips for products or care procedures? xoxox

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    1. Biotin is really great for new cell production! Works great for nails, skin and hair!

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  17. hi jen... what eyeshadow color are you using in this video?

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  18. Amazing curls! I always curl my hair awkwardly and it ends up so horrible. I am going to try this tutorial and see it'll work on my medium length hair.

    Helen

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  19. Hi Jen, can you please link the orange makeup tutorial to this post? I think you forgot to add it onto your video! Thanks!

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  20. Hi Jen!! i love this tutorial! thats how i like to curl my hair too!

    i wanted to see if you have ever tried the tarte lip stains? i think this one looks like a lip pencil? I just bought one cus Ulta has a sale (20% off your entire purchase) but I only got the charmed color and its a little pink. wanted to see if you tried this product before.

    www.coasttocoastchic.com

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  21. I was hoping so much for this tutorial! I loved it!

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  22. Love your lipstick <3

    Please go to my blog :D
    It's in French :p

    http://littleturtlethings.blogspot.fr/

    Turtle <3

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  23. Hi Jen! I love ur blog/videos! Can you do a tutorial on your hair in the "How to Apply BB Cream" video that you did back in January, pleeease? :)

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  24. hi Jen!
    Your hair tutorials are great!!!

    www.goneshoppingtoo.com
    (Free retail items given away weekly)

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  25. Life saver. You rock so hard for helping everyone with everyday glamour.

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  26. Your video is super helpful - I also have coarse-ish hair and it can barely hold a curl sometimes. The tutorial gives me something to look forward to as I grow out my hair again. Your tutorials rock!

    P.S. I love your necklace!

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  27. super helpful video! thanks! i'm wondering, how long is your hair naturally? idk if my hair is long enough for curls :(

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  28. Hey Jen :)
    Great tutorial! Love the simplicity of achieving those curls.
    By the way, are you ever going to do a video on an update on your ombre hair? I'm also Korean, (hi 언니 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ), and I was thinking about also ombre dying my hair sometime this summer, (bring in some browns to my very dark colored hair for the summertime :D). I LOVED your video on your ombre hair, and showing the before and after pics, and I was just wondering how things have been since? Would you ombre dye it again? I know you said you wouldn't have to retouch it as much as highlights, which it what is so appealing to me about this. Like I said, I'm really interested in getting it done, so I was wondering if doing this was really something you would suggest for other darker haired girls like myself, (for a more different look, and since it seems to give a lot more dimension with hairstyles).

    Thank you Jen! Love being your subscriber :D You are always so genuine and sweet. :) xoxo <3
    - 윤희 <3

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  29. love this post!! i did a similar diy waves at home a while back! You are sooo pretty, and i LOVE your taste. I love when I come across amazing asian fashion bloggers, because I feel like I can relate to them more being asian and petite myself. I hope that you stop by and say hello, or follow me!!! <3 I'm a fan and follower of you now. xO!
    www.thehautecookie.com

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  30. Your tutorials have given me the confidence that I desperately needed! Thank-you! My hair doesn't curl or straiten easily, any tips or recommendations of inexpensive products that could keep a luxurious, fresh hold?

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    1. L'Oreal Elnett is an inexpensive and fantastic hairspray that you should try! It's not too crunchy and holds well.

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  31. you are so beautiful. i wanna be like you. :D

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  32. Hi Jen, I have super messy wavy hair. can you suggest a natural way to make them look neat daily.

    Thanks

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  33. If I were to use a 1 1/4" curling iron, would it give me the same results?

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  34. May i know how much was that babyliss pro? Thankd jen.. :)

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  35. This looks amazing!! This helped so well! I have the same type of hair as you...including the grown out bangs on the side! Yours is just a little bit longer and thinner. I'll be trying this very soon...especially the part where you curled your bangs... :)

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  36. Amazing tutorial, thanks a lot. I have to see how it turns outb with my karmin g3 clipless curling iron!

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