Read on to find out how to style curl-saving braided pigtails perfect for the gym and work.
Whether she's working at Beauty Collective Salon in Michigan or styling brides in New Orleans, you'll want to have Christine Fitzpatrick on your radar.
Big voluminous curls are the best way to glam up any style.
“Big loose curls give elegance to any look while maintaining a chill vibe. I’d say it’s a hairstyle most people feel most comfortable in," Collins says.
Big curls frame your face with sleek sophistication while giving off a devil-may-care attitude and it’s possible to wear them on long or short hair. The technique will be mostly the same, but the ringlets may differ in looseness depending on your length.
Collins has a specific method when it comes to oversize ringlets.
“The loose curl is generally harder to attain than tighter, more contrived curls because it’s more tricky to do. Especially with a modern, bigger S-wave, you have to really put a lot of heat into the root and mid-shaft area and not so much on the ends. It's about using an old-school technique in a new-school way by not having the ends overly curled because otherwise, it's going to look very dated."
A useful insider secret is to always use a heat protectant like L'Oréal Professionnel Constructor before any styling.
As Collins describes: “It’s kind of like putting hairspray on the curl before you curl it, but it actually leaves the hair soft after. It just really defines the curl and makes it last longer, and it always saves the hair from humidity”.
To Collins, the right curl has to set a mood.
“First thing you have to decide is whether you want to do a center or side part. If she wants to look a little bit more glamorous but still cool, it’s always the center part. You also have to take into account the outfit and vibe when deciding on the part—probably even more than the face shape even."
After that, it’s all about reaching new heights with volume.
“Then I blow dry for volume, I just use my fingers for most of it," Collins explains. "I might even use some rollers just for extra volume on the top as well. I usually spray a mousse...around the hairline and then blowdry in the direction that I want the wave to go."
Next, it’s time to craft your curls.
“I always use my 1.25-inch barrel curling iron, and always a tong, not a wand,” Collins explains. “It always needs to have a clamp in order to create that smoothness. I start on the root area, and I pull the barrel through the hair a few inches, and then I coil it back up to the root area, not pulling too tightly. Then, I slowly undo it.”
The next step is critical in turning your strands into relaxed, nonchalant curls: brushing.
“First, I’ll smooth on some L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil onto the lengths. Then, I'll start to brush it through with some kind of boar bristle brush. The thing with curls like this is that normally the curls won't connect on the first brush—normally, you’ll have to do it five, six or even seven times to get the look you want."
Finally, finish off your style with a hairspray like L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Extreme Lacquer.
Patience is key when you're styling like a celeb. Just like that, you’ve got curls worthy of the Hollywood treatment!
If you’re interested in professionally styled curls, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.
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