Meet Sophie. Sophie is a beautiful new friend of mine with incredible naturally curly hair.
Last week she came over to my place so we could play hair as Sophie told me she never knows what to do with her hair.
The left photo is how Sophie normally wears her hair. A slight side, or centre part and this is how her hair naturally dries. The middle and right styles were easily created with only a couple of bobby pins and I think they make such a difference.
Tips for styling curly hair
Separate curls for a softer finish. Sophie’s hair is very curly. It forms perfect ringlets without any effort. However they do tend to hold together forming large solid curls. Using your fingers to separate the curls really softens the look and helps add more volume at the top.
Play with your part. By moving Sophie’s natural centre part to a deep side part, it immediately creates more volume at the top, which in turn forms a rounder hairstyle which suits curly hair.
Twist and Pin. Curls like Sophie’s will always hold a great shape. You just need to twist them in place and secure with a pin to create the shape you want. Lightly twist sections away from your face and pin the ends back. Cover the pins over with the rest of your hair.
For the first look we used a tail comb to create a deep side part. Then separated some of the curls to soften them. Then we took some curls at the top and pinned them back on the left side. Creating that height on the top balances out Sophie’s curls.
For the second style we continued pinning more hair away from Sophie’s face. Remember to leave some curls loose in front of your ear and break up any large curls to soften the ends.
Add some sparkle
I love to add in a pretty hair clip for some sparkle.
My tip for all accessories is to pin your hair back with bobby pins first, then add the accessory so that it is purely decorative. Generally I don’t like the clips on hair accessories. They aren’t very strong and you end up making a mess and pulling at your hair while you are trying to get the accessory to sit right.
If you pin your hair back first you can create the shape you want, then the accessory can be placed on the finished style. It’s so much easier and you know your hairstyle will stay in place.
Curly hairstyles don’t need to be complicated. Adding an accessory takes it from day to night in a second.
What’s your favourite hair accessory?