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Long Hair - Cover Girl Curls

Guest Author - Lynne Chapman

Prom season is coming as well as semi-formal dances and holiday parties. You may want to dress up your long straight hair for a special occasion but you may not want the typical updo. You can take your hair from straight and flat to full and sexy magazine cover girl style by following these steps.

This is a complete change from her everyday casual style and does not appear to be straight out of the beauty salon.
  • Begin by using shampoo and conditioner that is designed to build body in your hair type. Use smoothing products only if your hair texture is naturally frizzy.
  • Apply firm hold styling mousse from the scalp to the ends and blow dry thoroughly.
  • A small amount of back combing at the top and crown adds fullness. Back comb only about one half inch of hair at the root area. Spray with hair spray to hold it in place. Smooth the ends so that the back combing is not visible.
  • Use a curling iron that is about one inch in diameter to form the curls. Take a large section of hair about a two inch section.
  • Lightly spray the strand with a heat setting spray. The heat from the curling iron will dry the setting spray as you curl it.
  • Begin wrapping the hair around the iron close to the scalp. Turn the iron and continue wrapping the hair until you have almost reached the ends.
  • For a loose natural looking curl, leave the very end of the strand out of the iron.
  • Gently release the curl. Keep manipulation to a minimum to prevent frizziness and flay-away hairs.
  • Vary the size of the curls by using two sizes of curling irons. Alternately use a inch iron and vary the size of the strands of hair that you curl.
    This style is attractive because the curls are not perfect. They are of different sizes and thickness. The ends of the curls are loose and not perfectly curled.
  • The curls are not all curled in the same direction, instead they are turned in different directions in random order.
  • The front of this style is curled away from the face to provide fullness at the sides.
  • A small bang section is left perfectly smooth. It is smoothed and shined by pulling a flat iron through it. Lifting the flat iron at the root area will provide a little lift at the top.
  • One curl is formed to fall over the top of the straight bang section.
  • Finish the style by spraying it with flexible hold hair spray and top is off with a light shine spay.

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