Moana (no heat!) Curls

Hey Everyone! Happy 2018! I haven’t seen you guys since last year!!

So, my last hairstyle was my Cinderella French Braids, and, to keep with the theme, I decided to master Moana’s curly locks.

Before I start the instructions, I’d like to point out that this is kind of a two-in-one post, since both methods I use to get Moana’s curls can and are also used on their own. The reason I used two no heat curling methods is simply since I felt that one gives more body to the hair, while the other gives texture. 😉

If you’d like another no-heat curls idea, check out these curls.

Level of Difficulty: Medium

Time needed: 20 minutes (if you have long hair, like me.)

Items Needed: 1 rubber band, one cloth headband, several bobby pins

  1. With your fingers, separate a large portion of hair, by starting at your ears, moving towards the crown of your head. Section off with a band. 
  2. Grab your headband, and put it around your head. It should rest on your hairline and right above your ears. Thinner cloth headbands are the most comfortable choice.
  3. Section off a 1″ section of hair. With your other hand, expand the headband, and loop the hair up and through it.

4. Then, add another 1″ section of hair to the first section. Loop the hair up and through the headband.

5. Keep adding 1″ sections of hair, and keep looping the hair through it. Gradually, the section will naturally become larger.

6. Once you’ve run out of hair to add, continue looping through the headband. If you have longer hair, the loop will continue up to your forehead.

7. Secure the twist with about three bobby pins, if necessary. These headband curls will add body to the hairstyle.

8. Let down the top-knot of hair, and part to your liking. I did a side part.

9. Section off a 1″ section of hair, and twist the entire strand. Make sure to twist away from your face.

10. Coil the twist into a small bun, and secure with a bobby pin. These twist curls will add texture to the hairstyle.

11. Repeat steps 9 and 10 for the remaining hair, twisting, coiling, and securing. I personally recommend switching the sections up from 1-3 inches thick, since this will make the curls look more natural, like Moana’s.

12. Once you have coiled all of your hair, your hair should look a little crazy, but that’s okay.

13. Sleep on the curls overnight. I slept in these, and since all of the little buns were on the top of my head, I wasn’t bothered at all. 😉

14. The next morning, undo all of the little buns, and uncoil your hair from the headband.

15. Separate the curls. Begin gently, and use your fingers, not a brush. *tip* I like to let the curls rest for a few minutes, before separating them.

IMG_8347

 

…And there you have it! My take on Moana curls! I hope you enjoyed this hairstyle!

What other princess would you be interested in me recreating her hairstyle?

Catch ya later!

— Sophia

Extra Info: 

Prepping info: This all differs for each person’s hair type (mine is thick, with a slight wave,) but for some people, no-heat curls work better either on dry, slightly damp, or damp hair. For my hair, I like it slightly damp. You can achieve this by prepping the hair with either a hair mousse, salt water spray, curling cream, or simply a mist of water. I’ve used all of these in the past, but for the pictures you see above, I went for a salt water spray.

It all depends on your hair and how well it can hold curl though.

If you know that your hair does not hold curl well, prepping it is a must. Also, after you have undone, separated, and arranged your curls the following morning, you can add a bit of hairspray, to ensure that your curls stay all day long. I find hairspray is especially necessary for those with naturally straight or fine hair.

Please remember that each of these curls can be used separately, so experiment with them, and see which give you the best results! This many coils worked for me since I have long, thick hair, with lots of layers.

 

For thin hair: If you have thin or fine hair, I recommend only doing two coils on the top of your head, with the headband at the bottom.

 

For short hair: You can still do this hairstyle, expect, when you do the headband curls, you might need to secure your hair with bobby pins, to keep it in place.

 

…if you have any more questions, feel free to ask below! Hope you enjoyed the look!

New Diy Wand Curls/Video Tutorial

One of my first posts on here was Basic wand curls . All I had was one picture, and then written instructions. I guess it’s probably not so hard to follow when you have really long hair like I did then. But I’ve found ever since I cut my hair back in July, (I got quite a few inches off, and some layers) that it was much harder for me to curl my hair and get a good result. For a while when I had long hair I would just use my basic 19mm wand (because I could do big sections and it curled tightly, so it was much quicker).

Suffice it to say, the first time I attempted to curl my hair with that wand after I cut my hair, was a complete disaster. (I ended up creating the 3 minute fancy updo out of that mess actually 😀 )

Anyway, back on track. 😛 I realised I needed to go back to using my other wand (babyliss pro conical curling wand 32mm-19mm) (which I used in my original wand curl post), and let me tell you, the results improved immediately after that.

I’ve read in many different places that this type of wand in particular works really well for short-medium length hair (it works well for long hair too of course 😉 ) so hopefully this tutorial will appeal to those of you with short hair! 😉

So, here is the way I’m currently curling my medium length hair….

 

Items needed: curling wand, curling mouse (though it is optional) and hairspray (if desired.)

Skill level: easy-medium

Time: 15-20 minutes (it really depends on the length of your hair)

 

Step-by-step:

  1.  Begin by sectioning off the top half of your hair..
  2.  Once your wand has heated up to the correct temperature, grab a medium-small section (though not too thin, or they won’t work properly) and start to wrap the hair around the wand, try not to twist too tightly, but at the same time make sure the hair has a slight twist to it on the wand…
  3. Hold hair on the wand for around 15 seconds or so, then gently let the hair fall of the wand into your hand, let the curl cool in you hand for a couple of seconds and the release…
  4.  Basically repeat steps 2-3 all over you head. If you have short hair I would recommend gently tugging on the curl after you release it to make sure they don’t become too tight…

    First layer done
  5. Once you have your whole head curled, very carefully and gently run your fingers through your curls and then add hairspray if desired. Or I actually put a small amount of curling mouse in my palm, rubbed my hands together, and then used that to smooth some of the frizz ect.

    Before I did anything to my hair…
  6. And then your done!

M4710016

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, these curls would be great for a party or anything really! 😉 😛

Let me know if you have any questions ect, in the comments.

Cinderella French Braids

Hey everybody!

Can you believe New Years Eve is nearly here?! Crazy.

In anticipation of the new year, I have a super fun DIY hairstyle to show you all. It’s my Cinderella French braids.

IMG_8225.JPG

So, these aren’t supposed to look exactly like the braids Lily James wore in the movie “Cinderella,” but I did use them as inspiration, and they do look very similar. 🙂 I love wearing this hairstyle so much. It is definitely one of my most frequently used looks. I love messier hairstyles. They just look so effortless and beautiful.

level of difficulty: intermediate

time needed: 10 minutes

items needed: two elastics

1.) Start with a side part. You can do a middle part, if you’d like, though.

2.) Grab a large section of hair near your part-line. It doesn’t have to be exact, since Cinderella’s hair was rather messy looking. My section was probably two inches thick. Split into three strands.

IMG_8208.JPG

3.) Begin a regular french braid. Keep the braid going more straight back, rather than forming it too close to your ear. (Hopefully the pictures show you what I mean.) I think Lily James wore two lace braids, but I like to begin with a French braid, to kind of “anchor” the hairstyle in place all day.

IMG_8210.JPG

4.) Once you have french-braided for about three stitches, begin a lace braid. (Three stitches means you’ve added in hair and crossed the strands over about three times.) You can do a lace braid by solely adding from the hair-line, rather than the part line.

5.) Once you reach your ear, stop adding in hair, and do a regular three strand braid. I like to leave about two to three inches of hair unbraided, to give more of an “undone” look. Secure with an elastic.

IMG_8211.JPG

6.) Repeat steps 2-5 on the other side of the part-line.

7.) “Pancake” the braids, to make them appear fuller and messier. I also like to “ruffle” the french-braid part of the hairstyle. I do this by putting one hand on the french-braided part, and moving it gently back-and-forth. This should make it a tad looser, and appear a little bit softer.

IMG_8243.JPG

…and, you’re done! This hairstyle is so great, since it can be worn as an everyday look. For special occasions though, I like to amp them up with some wand curls. 😉

img_8223-jpg.jpeg

IMG_8230.JPG

IMG_8238.JPG

IMG_8234.JPG

I hope you all enjoyed seeing and trying out my Cinderella-inspired look! Let me know what you think!

Catch ya later!

– Sophia

DIY Overnight Curls/Waves

Hey everybody!

Sophia here. Today, I’m going to be showing you all a really simple, do-it-yourself way to get curls/waves! This summer, I went to Hawaii, and you can bet that with all that salt water, I was enjoying some waves at the beach and in my hair the whole vacation. Now that I’m back in California though, and summer’s coming to a close, this DIY way of getting those beach-y waves will be what I use.

Tip: If you want to have some dramatic curls, leave the braids in for the day and the night—the braids make a cute hairstyle!

Now, let’s get those waves!

Tools needed: 2 small elastics, hair mousse (optional)

Skill level: easy

1. Part your hair wherever you like. I like to part mine off to the side.

2. This is optional, but I recommend putting some hair mousse in your hair. It really helps the curls/waves last longer.

3. From the crown of your head to the nape of your neck, part hair straight in the middle. Tie one section off to the side, so it won’t be in your way.

4. On the other side, pick up a 1 inch piece of hair, and split in two. You will be making a lace-rope braid.

5. To make a lace-rope braid, you will start by twisting the piece of hair closest to your head forwards, before crossing it backwards over the other strand. Then, you will add some hair to the new strand, before twisting it forwards and crossing it backwards. In essence, the twisting will create a rope. Although this braid seems a tad tricky, it’s actually quite simple once you see it done!

6. Complete the lace-rope braid. Once you run out of hair to add in, just continue twisting the strands and crossing them over. Secure with a small elastic.

7. Repeat steps 4-6 on the other side of your head.

8. And there you have it! Two very cute lace-rope braids. (If you’re wondering why its called ‘lace’, its because you are only gathering from one side of the braid, whereas ‘French’ braids, you gather from both sides.)

9. Leave these braids in overnight. The longer you keep them in, the tighter the curls/waves will be. It differs for every type of hair.

10. In the morning, take out the elastics and uncoil the braids!

11. Style to your liking.

I hope you enjoy this super easy, DIY way to get lovely, effortless curls/waves. This is my favorite way to get some lovely movement in my hair. Its also great since the rope braids can be worn throughout the entire day, so you get a hairstyle and a curls!

See ya later!

-Sophia