How To Tame Curly Hair

Despite having a job where I am meant to be presentable in public, I am wholly unskilled in the arena of doing my hair and makeup. I work with a fantastic hairdresser here in London, George Northwood (who also does hair for people like Alexa Chung and Rosie Huntington-Whitely), who offered to demonstrate how DIY hair is not as tricky as we think.

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Catherine has short and naturally curly hair that she lets air dry daily. She likes to keep it low maintenance, so George gave her curls a very easy, manageable update, lending structure with a curling wand. See how he did it.

A step-by-step guide you can use to tame your curls at home:

Step 1

Wash hair and let it dry naturally.
Frederic Fekkai’s Luscious Curls Shampoo & Conditioner

Step 2

Because he’s styling hair that’s already dry, he prepares Catherine’s hair with heat protecting spray. This will protect hair against the heat of the curling iron.
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protecting Spray

Step 3

Turn the curling iron on and keep at a high heat – 450 °F. For very curly hair like Catherine’s, use the thinner end of the curling iron. Take a small section and coil it around the end of the iron. Hold for a couple of seconds and then pull the curl out gently, and place.

T3 SinglePass Whirl Curling Wand

Step 4

Focusing on the front and on the curls on top, keep going, keeping in mind the shape you’re aiming for.

Step 5

When close to done, George squeezes a few drops of hair oil in his hand and massages it gently into the hair to smooth the curls and get rid of frizz.

Rodin by Recine hair oil

A curling wand will perfect curls in no time as you can see on Catherine.

These are the products that George used for Catherine’s hair:

Luscious Curls Shampoo

Frederic Fekkai

Luscious Curls Conditioner

Frederic Fekkai

Pronto Dry Heat Protecting Spray

Oscar Blandi

Luxury Hair Oil

Rodin by Recine

Singlepass Whirl Curling Wand


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