How To Use Hot Rollers for the Hottest Curls

Got a set of hot rollers? This step by step video tutorial will explain how to get those large, sexy supermodel curls in no time. Bonus Points: It also explains which size rollers go where for the best look – no more guesswork!

What Makes Hair Curly?

Sarah Jessica ParkerWhether your hair is stick straight or full of corkscrew curls, you have your genes to thank.

But how exactly genes control the shape of hair has been debated. Scientists once thought that the curliness of hair was determined by the individual hair shafts, but have since discovered that the shape of the follicle (the part of the skin that grows the hair) determines both the shape of the hair and the angle it grows in with respect to the scalp. Curly hair is shaped like an elongated oval and grows at a sharp angle.

Curly hair tends to be much drier than straight hair because it is easier for the oils secreted from the scalp to travel down the shaft of a straight hair than a curly one (this is why curly hair often turns into frizzy hair).

And as anyone with curly hair knows, humidity can make your hair even curlier (or frizzier). The reason: Hair fiber absorbs the water and forces the shaft to revert to its original (less straight) structure.

Credits: LiveScience.com, Andrea Thompson

Curl Watch: Young Hollywood

From Vanessa Hudgens and Emma Watson to Miley Cyrus, young Hollywood has embraced curls in a big way! This short video montage showcases the cutest curly styles on the hottest young celebs.

-StraightBelle

Crunchy Curls? Scrunch ‘Em

Davines Curl Enhancing SerumI have naturally curly hair that I blow dry, straighten, big barrel curling iron, tie up, twist, bun, braid and at times secure with a pencil while I’m at work. But sometimes it’s really nice to let my hair air dry. It not only gives my hair a much needed rest from the MANY heat appliances I love so much, it also give me a break from styling.  Makes me wonder where I find all that time everyday to style? Hmmm…. 

On the days that I do let my hair air dry I always like to use a little product to help coax and control my curls so they don’t dry into a frizzy mess – never a good look. First I use a leave-in conditioner – right now I’m loving Infusium 23, I got the giant bottle from Target. I really load up too. If the bottle says to use a ‘dime size’ portion, I figure I’m using about $1.25-$2.00 in assorted change.

Then I follow with some curl cream, I usually will use anything that says curl or cream or both. Lately my faves have been Bumble & bumble Curl Creme – Kinky Chick and Davines Love Curl Enhancing Serum (pictured). I find this conditioner/cream combo will really create the nice defined curls I want but sometimes they dry a little crunchy. If you have curly hair you know what I mean.

Nothing is worse than a crunchy curl! Curls should be light and full of movement. Happy curls love to bounce – not hang there looking all stiff and crunchy. What to do? Scrunch ’em. How? Watch this… finally a video from someone who understands, thanks Jessicurl!

Creating Defined, Frizz Free Curls

Nothing can unswirl a curl like frizz will. This video shows you how to transform coarse, dry curls into defined, frizz free curls in minutes with a little love and some of our favorite Kerastase products. I love, love, love the Oleo-Relax Serum. So does InStyle Magazine, it’s a Best Beauty Buy Winner for Best Anti-Frizz Product.

-CurlyBelle

Have you Met Davines?

I’d like to introduce you to one of my all time favorite brands: Davines. This line of essential hair care – complete with cutesy, catchy nicknames – is chock full of Mediterranean herbs, flowers and fruit, and is 100% dedicated to keeping those locks looking lively and lovely.

Davines Love Smoothing ShampooIf you’re frizz fighting fanatic committed to keeping your straight strands super smooth, try Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, it’s the perfect frizz fighting duo. Specially formulated to nourish, smooth and soften harsh, dry hair, the deeply moisturizing shampoo delicately cleanses hair with a special blend of natural ingredients like Indian Fig Extract, Olive Oil, Rice Proteins. These smoothing agents prevent dehydration, reduce the hair’s aging process and keep hair protected from environmental elements while eliminating static. And they do it with Love.

Davines Love Smoothing ConditionerDavines Love Smoothing Conditioner deeply nourishes frizzy, undisciplined hair with an infusion of Rice Wax and Vitamin E. Additional moisturizers, conditioners and silicones eliminate frizz and soften hair, and added Borage Seed Oil tames and softens coarse, unruly hair. Talk about Smoothing! This shampoo and conditioner combo is exactly what dry hair needs, especially if you use a flat iron. I’m talking Smoothing with a capital “S”.

Davines Love Curl Enhancing ShampooGot carefree curls? No worries, Davines Love Curl Enhancing Shampoo and Conditioner will give those corkscrews the love they need.

The luxuriously creamy shampoo untangles and defines curls with a blend of Myrtle Extract, Olive Oil, and Vitamin C. These essential extracts provide softeness, volume and shine while delivering much needed moisture to every strand. Moisture makes curls bounce, and your curls will love it.

Davines Love Curl Enhancing ConditionerFollow up with the creamy Davines Love Curl Enhancing Conditioner and your curls will love you back. This curl-friendly conditioner has intense moisture and anti-oxidant agent Pistachio Oil to deeply nourish hair, and Rice Wax to volumize and protect those corkscrews.

After you shampoo and condition (with Love of course), give those curls some extra affection – follow with Davines Love Curl Enhancing Serum. Packed with Panthenol, Fig Milk Davines Curl Enhancing Serum(yes!) and Mica, it’s the perfect potion for providing a punch of moisture, protection and shine. This curl loving serum will also help give your curls that healthy definition they need to look their best.

Founded by the Bollati Family in 1983 in Parma, Italy, you’ll find that Davines products are a thoughtful balance of substance and style, nature and science, people and spirit. As Davines sets out to create products destined to become classics with timeless appeal they adhere to their philosophy “Beauty will save the world”.

Where’s the Love? Right here.

Celeb Style: Shakira

ShakiraShakira’s massive mop is always sexy, never messy. She knows that a happy curl has two best friends – a diffuser and some frizz-fighting curl cream. The CHI Turbo Hair Dryer provides power and pampering to curls, and it’s matching diffuser won’t allow them to blow into a knotty mess. Then show your curls some love with Davines Love Curl Enhancing Serum and kick that frizz to the curb.

Celeb Style: Kim Kardashian

Kim KardashianCraving killer curls like Kim? Crank up a Bed Head Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic Curling Iron. Using a wide 1-1/2″ barrel will allow you to create those long and loose red carpet curls without a trip to the salon. Just remember not to curl your hair all the way up to the top. Instead, start wrapping the hair around the curling iron midway down the section at ear level. This will add body and fullness to the bottom while keeping the top smooth and sleek. See? Now everyone can keep up with this Kardashian!

For more styling tips, check out this video.