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How to Get Loose and Bouncy Curly Hair

by Wasifa Ahmad Hasan

This post is brought to you by Bed Head Styling and Her Campus Media


In a perfect world we can make our hair curly or straight or a combination of both with a flick of a finger. But as this is not the case we always search for tools to style it according to our choice. In my 7 years of beauty blogging (OMG, is it 7 years already?), I have been asked countless times how to get bouncy, loose and natural-looking curly hair and also, how to stop it from going limp the next day. This is why, today I have listed down the ways I use to achieve loose, bouncy curls and keep it curly for the next couple of days.


My natural hair is curly, frizzy and dry. Though I hate the frizzy and dry part of my hair, the curly part helps to retain the curler-made curls for days. I have tried not washing the hair for 5-6 days straight and the curls remained the same which could be revived with a help of dry shampoo. Here is the unedited, untamed look of my natural hair.


Keep on reading to see how I transform this into shiny, bouncy curls.


The Preparation:

Creating a good base for the curling process is as important as the process itself. I use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner when I wash my hair. After the hair is towel dried, I use a product to reduce and control the frizziness. Products like Alterna Bamboo Smooth anti-frizz Overnight Smoothing Treatment and Blowout Balm help a lot in creating a frizz-free base. I also use a heat-protectant when I use heat styling tools. Gabrielle Union’s Flawless Blow Dry Cream is the product I have used for today as it controls the frizz and protects hair at the same time. Whether I air-dry or blow dry, I like to do a top bun like the following picture when my hair is almost dry but the root area is a bit damp. I keep the hair like this until the root is completely dry. In this way, when I take out the bun I am left with a great volume.


The Tools:

The most important part of the curling process is using a good heat-styling tool. A great tool can cut down the styling time in half with salon like finish. Bed Head® Curlipops™  1″  Tourmaline Ceramic Styling Iron is my tool of choice for the loose and bouncy curls. Let me tell you a little about the product and why I love using it.

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Bed Head® Curlipops™  1″  Tourmaline Ceramic Styling Iron:

This curling wand is designed for versatile styling and loose, tousled curls that are full of smooth texture and volume.  High Heat up to 400° F quickly locks in the curl with a clamp-free wrap-and-go design that leaves no creases behind and a natural-looking finish.  Tourmaline Ceramic helps to reduce frizz and lock in shine for amazing body that will last day and night. The Bed Head 1″ Tourmaline Ceramic Styling Iron also comes with a Bonus Heat-protective Glove and a Tangle-Free 6 ft Swivel Cord that make it easy to style with.

The styling iron is very easy to use and lightweight, so if you suffer from chronic shoulder and arm pain like me, it will be easier for you. It also gives smoother shinier curls and hair somehow looks healthier after I use it.

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The Process:

I take around 1″ section of hair and wrap it around the barrel. I alternate curling each section left then right for a tousled, natural look. After the hair is curled, I let it sit as it is until it cools down completely. Then I gently comb the hair with a wide-toothed comb. To protect the style I lightly use a hairspray like Living Proof Control Hairspray or Kenra Platinum Heat Block Hairspray 22.

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By following the above method, my hair stayed the same for 3 days till I washed it. When I felt my scalp was getting oily, I used Redken Pillow Proof Blow-Dry Two-Day Extender. As you can see from the pictures, my hair looks visibly shiny, smoother and frizz-free. So follow these steps and enjoy loose, bouncy curls too!

P.S. Bed Head is sponsoring College Fashion Week this Saturday, September 30th. So if you are in the area, attend the awesome show!



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