I’ve always been one to have long hair, and have only rocked the short look once in my life- not by choice. My hair was severely burned due to a bad chemical straightening job and I was forced to cut off my hair to help it grow back healthier. I also never really did experience any good times with bangs. My first go at them was in the third grade, and they were the worst, I literally had a curly bush on my forehead and spent the rest of 3rd grade clipping them back until they grew out. Even at eight years old I knew I’d made a bad decision.
So I tried bangs again in college thinking this time I could handle them. Nope, wrong once again in an even more embarrassing way. This was during my chemical hair straightening days and I basically had whispy, thin like bangs just awkwardly placed on my forehead because my hair was so damaged.
Flash forward to today and I’m pleasantly surprised to say that I love having both short curly hair and bangs. Thanks to the ever so talented hands of celebrity hair stylist Nick Arrojo- you may also remember him from one of my favorite shows TLC’s What Not To Wear. I was a hair model for him at his Williamsburg salon and received literally the best haircut of my life. The excitement was off the charts, but you can imagine my stress when I realized I’d have to style this new look myself, on my own- and I kind of panicked. I was used to styling my long curls and had that down to a science, but having to figure out how to keep my hair looking as good as when I left the salon would be tricky.
I wanted to focus on two things, Volume, and Texture. With a short curly hairstyle you really want to keep it fun and flirty, and that means big volume and really playing up your texture. So here are the products and techniques I’ve been using to keep my curls looking fresh and camera ready. All the compliments I keep getting are telling me I’m doing something right- just saying.
First of all having short curly hair doesn’t mean you can just hop in and out of the shower and your hair is good to go, No. You still want to make sure you’re taking your time to put the right styling products in, it will definitely take you half the time than if you had longer curls ( less detangling to do and fewer sections) but products and styling are still important! Your short hair needs attention and love to.
After washing and conditioning, I apply my B’Leave-In which helps add immediate texture and volume to my curls once fully dry. This product is crucial is getting those curls the max volume and texture definition. I put a quarter size amount in the palm of my hands and evenly finger rake it through my curls from roots to ends.
After this, I then apply my Wavemaker creme all over from roots to ends. I make sure to really get it into my curls by continuously raking the product in until fully absorbed.
Then I pump 4 big pumps of my Frizz Free Volumizing Foam from roots to ends and once again really working the product into my hair.
Next, I apply a quarter size amount of the Light defining gel from roots to ends and then section off the curls that will frame my face and finger twist them away from my face. I only do the curls that will frame my face-so just the “bangs” and leave the rest alone.
Then I just let the rest air dry and once fully dry I spray a light hold texturizing hairspray at the roots in sections with my head tilted down. You can also use a diffuser too to speed up the drying process and add more volume.
I fluff my hair and make sure to really shake around my curls to make them really hold the shape of the cut and play around with the positioning of my bangs. I learned from my hair cut that this type of style looks best when it’s not too perfect, but messy in just the right way.
That’s it! Styling my longer curls used to take me about an hour to just put all the products in and section everything off, but with this style, it’s so simple and really makes wash day not feel like such a chore anymore. This is the lazy curly girl’s dream haircut, and styling is really a breeze. You’ll be left wondering why you were #teamlonghair for so long.