Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No-heat curls for short hair.

Last fall, I made the terrible decision to cut ALL my hair off. It was past my shoulder blades and I decided to get a cute little bob and cute it was! I received a million compliments on it, I didn't miss my longer/wavy hair at all! About a month later, I got real gutsy and decided to get an even short pixie cut. I received a million compliments on that as well but hated it and have spent every minute since regretting that decision. Where's my long and wavy hair now?!? It's at that very awkward, in-between length where I can't quite put it up yet but it doesn't look that great down and natural.

I decided it was finally long enough to attempt to curl and tried various no-heat curling options found around online. None of them worked that well given how short my hair still is and I just found myself fed up and disappointed, regretting my haircut once again. So I decided to give something a try. It's not the quickest of methods but it was easy and worked pretty well with how short my hair is.

All you need is a TON of bobby pins, damp hair and a good night's sleep. Hairspray and mousse are optional but I recommend them both.

1. Pantene Pro-V Flawless Curls (extra hold) Mousse (optional.)


3. I do this at night, after my shower and after my hair has had a little bit of time to air dry. I put a little bit of the mousse in my hair hoping it'll help the curls/waves hold. It seems to do the trick. I also take whatever I want to be my "bangs" (it varies each day and depending on whatever I'm doing to my hair) and pin them back and out of the way. I don't curl those.

4. Take a section of hair and twist, twist, twist. The amount of hair per section depends on your hair thickness & texture. It also depends on how coiled or loose you want the curls/waves to be. I don't grab a lot of hair as I want it to be pretty curly as opposed to looser waves. It's all trial-and-error really.

5. Once you twist the chunk of hair, twist it around itself to form a little twisty bun against your head. Secure with a bobby pin (or two if need be.)

6. Repeat the previous two steps until you've got an entire head full of little twisty buns. Does anyone else immediately think of Gwen Stefani (of No Doubt) from way back in the day? I hope I'm not that old that nobody else knows what I'm talking about. Anyway, do this all over and if you're ridiculous like myself... spray some hairspray over it all to "ensure" the hold. It probably doesn't make any difference and you can likely skip the hair spray entirely but I do it just to be safe. Leave it in overnight while you sleep.

7. In the morning, start removing all the bobby pins.

8. If you're anything like me, you'll have a big ol' heart attack at first sight of your hair. I nearly cried buckets (probably mostly due to pregnancy hormones) because the curls were so short and against my head. I looked ridiculous but I assure you, it's such an easy fix! I use a wide-toothed comb, run it under water and run it through my hair. If that doesn't seem to make a difference, I just dampen my hair otherwise (spray bottle, run small handfuls of water through my hair) and comb it out. It starts to look more normal after that step alone. Then I take the Pantene Pro-V mousse (in #1) and run that through my hair, scrunching it up. Some of the curls like to stick out and up in all strange directions but I just twist them in the direction they naturally want to go until they sit nicely. You just play with it to get the desired amount of waves/curls and volume that you want. I finish it off with some hairspray to help hold it.

9. Go about your day :) I'm sure it depends on your hair but these curls will stay in for me for several days if I let them/don't wash my hair.

Have any questions? Any tips or tricks you'd like to add? Don't hesitate to comment and let me know!

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  1. I'm so happy I found this! My hair is in the same stage of growing out and I can't do anything with it. This is perfect. :)

  2. Thank you for the idea! I have in-between length hair as well and have looking for something to with it that emphasises my waves... going to try this before bed tonight! :D

  3. I love the way your hair looks in the end pic! So cute, especially with the glasses. I used shampoo & conditioner for curls along with mousse and a styling spray, so keep your fingers crossed for me!

  4. I realize this post is older, but excellent! I'm in the same weird growth stage (with a bonus of having really damaged hair from years of bleaching/coloring), and this in-between stage of growing out is hell.

    Thanks! :D

  5. I will definitely try this soon! I have my Bob hair cut right now and this is an amazing!