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How To Curl Your Hair In 4 Easy Steps

how to curl your hair

We love using special events as an excuse to try out new hairstyles. If we're completely honest, however, we always end up wanting curls no matter how many elaborate updos and braided styles we fall in love with. Whether you decide to attempt tightly coiled ringlets or big barrel curls, curls have a particular way of making us feel more glamorous and sexy than straight hair ever has.

While we suggest allowing the professionals to curl your hair for important days like your wedding, curling your hair for a night out dancing with your friends is a lot easier than it seems. Not convinced? Continue reading to find out how to curl your hair in four easy steps.

It should go without saying, but the first step in any styling routine is to wash and condition your hair. We recommend using the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner. The system is formulated with quinoa husk and honey to feed dry, dull hair for healthy-looking, softer locks. After you hop out of the shower, lightly dry your hair and grab your blow dryer. It may seem counterintuitive, but you want to start by straightening your hair to create the perfect curls. Blow drying your hair straight will allow you to have a smooth and frizz-free canvas to create your curls.

To ensure your curls remain smooth and frizz-free all night long, mix Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Frizz Control Styling Spray and Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Smoothing Styling Milk and apply the blend throughout your damp, freshly washed hair. The spray is infused with lavender to help smooth down flyaways with light shaping for a natural sheen and controlled finish, while the smoothing milk is infused with honey and oat to help ease the grip of blow-dry while enhancing hair with nourished style. Beginning at the back, section off your hair and blow dry your strands in 2-inch segments at a time.

Once your hair is straight, it’s time to start curling. Begin by deciding what size curling iron you want to use. If you’re going for tightly coiled curls, opt for a half-inch curling iron barrel. If you’re hoping to create bouncy, voluminous curls go with a 1-inch curling iron. If it’s jumbo barrel curls you’re after, go with a 2-inch curling iron.

Once you’ve selected your curling iron, start at the back of your head and work with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Spray each one with a heat protectant like Matrix Biolage Thermal Active Setting Spray before wrapping around your chosen curling iron. Hold or clamp each section of hair until just heated through (approximately 15 to 60 seconds depending on your hair’s thickness). Continue curling 2-inch sections of your hair until you’ve completed your entire head.

Once you’ve curled your entire head, rake your fingers or a brush through your curls until you achieve your desired look. Before you walk out of your door, set your style with a medium hold hairspray like Matrix Biolage Styling Complete Control Fast-Drying Hairspray.


Interested in a curled style for your next big event? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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