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Big Hair Energy 101: How To Get Big Bombshell Curls

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I, like most 20-somethings, have a long history with my flat iron. Back in the day, I considered it a bad hair day if my strands weren’t pin-straight and basically glued to my head. Thankfully, those days are long gone, and now I fully embrace big hair energy.

If you, like me, live by the “bigger, the better” mantra, it’s time to put bombshell curls on your radar. Big curls are the epitome of sexy, old school Hollywood glam. Wondering how to get big curls? These are the tips and products you need to achieve the look.

Prep your hair.

As with any killer hairstyle, the final look will always be better with the right preparation. If you’re looking to achieve big, voluminous, curls, it’s essential to prep your strands based on your hair type and concerns. Always begin your hair care routine with a shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for your hair type.

People with fine hair are known to have flat and lifeless strands, so kick off your routine with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner system like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. This system cleanses and conditions to help boost the structure of fine, limp hair. Before blow drying, you’ll also want to use a body-building mousse like Matrix Total Results High Amplify Foam Volumizer Mousse. This formula provides full-bodied lift and support to give touchable thickness.

If you’re prone to frizz, you’ll likely want to achieve the smoothest strands possible before creating your curls. Begin with an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner system like Redken Frizz Dismiss Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner. This system tames frizzy hair, increases smoothness, and enhances shine.

Pick yor part.

Your hair part can make or break your look—particularly if you’re trying to maximize volume at your roots. For big, voluminous styles, we recommend switching to a deep side part. A deep side part is an easy and quick way to give your hair volume and body. Click here for our complete guide to deep side parts.

Don’t forget heat protection.

You may be eager to start styling but before you do, never forget the golden rule of heat styling: Always use heat protection. Apply a few spritzes of a heat protectant like Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Iron Smoother Leave-In Spray. This product helps protect against high heat damage and humidity for all-day frizz control and smoothness.

Choose the right tools.

Every hot tool has its purpose and to perfect your big curls, you’ll need to make sure you choose the right one. To create big curls, you’ll want to use a wide barrel curling iron—or, if you want to go old school, grab a set of hot rollers. Be sure to curl two-inch sections of hair at a time. If your sections are too small, you’ll end up with smaller, tighter ringlets.

If you want your curls to look a bit more laid-back, gently brush through them with a wide-tooth comb once you’ve finished styling your entire head.

Hairspray away.

Once you’ve perfected your ringlets, you’ll want to make sure they last throughout the day. Apply a few spritzes of strong-hold hairspray like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Infinium 4 High-Hold Hairspray. This long-lasting formula locks in style with a natural feel, natural finish and optimal shine.

Now that you know exactly how to get big curls, you’re ready to fully embrace BHE!

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