Retro Curls

December 5, 2013


I pretty much have 3 hair styles in my rotation – straight, Victoria Secret curls, and a ballet bun.  It is pretty rare for me to mix it up, but sometimes you need to “fun it up” and with the holiday season in full swing, a new-do is a simple and easy way to shake things up.   This retro curls tutorial is a surprisingly quick way to glam up your holiday look (I have done this for a black tie that I had 30 minutes to get ready for  – after work!! and had time to spare!!) and it also looks amazing in a pony the next day…

Step 1. Start with blow dried hair (I recommend washing your hair in the morning and letting it get dirty for the day and then curling it in the evening for best results). Spray with a curling setting spray.

Step 1 Straight Hair

Step 2. Create a deep part and start curling hair (on side of part with less hair).  I start curling at about eye level.

Step 2 Curl

Step 3. Curl hair TOWARDS your face and hold curl for 5-10 seconds.

Step 3 Full Curl

Step 4. After releasing the curling iron, coil hair into a tight curl.

Step 4 Tight Curl

Step 5. Pin curl in place with bobby pins (or hair clips if you have them).

Step 5 Bobby Pin

Step 6. Continue curling hair on the right side of your head (or which ever side you are curling), repeating steps 2-5.

Step 6 Continue Curling

Step 7. Finished right side!

Step 7 One Side Curl

Step 8. Clip up top portion of hair on right side.  Begin curling hair in same fashion as before (curled TOWARDS face).
Step 8 Pin Half Up

Step 9.  Keep curling and pinning hair.

Step 9 Keep Curling

Step 10. Let down top portion of hair and tease the crown (if you would like some lift).  Brush it out and continue curling following steps 2-5.

Step 10 Curl Top Portion

Step 11. Let hair sit in curls for about 15 minutes – a great time to do your make up!  Remove bobby pins.

Step 11 Take Out Pins

Step 12. Finger brush your hair out (don’t worry about any dents yet!).

Step 12 Finger Brush

Step 13. Twist curls together in one face-ward motion.

Step 14.  Gently run a curling iron over any dents to remove creases.

Step 15 Smooth Dents

Step 15. Use your fingers to brush out the right side of your hair and smooth curls.

Step 16. Spritz with some finishing spray and catch up your Mad Men reruns 🙂

Step 17 Retro Curls

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  • Reply Mila January 10, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I love your curly style! At some point i thought u’re gonna leave those pins in your hair as they look cool too!

  • Reply Marco April 6, 2014 at 11:04 am

    A good guide, thanks for sharing your tips.

  • Reply B.cindy August 24, 2015 at 9:53 am

    very nice tips. appreciated for your informative article.

  • Reply Amanda May 9, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I have same hair type with picture but mine is not asattractive as it . I am using curling iron but I am not as profession as you . When I need use my curling iron , my sister always helps me . You have good tips about hair care and I hope that I will be a good designer .

  • Reply Marilyn December 3, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    great tips on retro curls. would be better if you could include a youtube video of it. anyway, keep up the good job.

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