Curly Girlie

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From tousled to tendrils, jaw-dropping curls for the stage


This hairstyle tutorial is for the curly girls who are ready to elevate their on-stage look. I loved doing this look with Rylie because she is a client who has evolved right before my very eyes. For her naturally soft tousled tendrils, I wanted to showcase how to create a style with curly hair where I did not start by straightening the hair.

My experience has been that most people feel like they must take all of the volume out of the hair before they start prepping the hair. The truth is, it is better to work with the hair’s texture, especially when you are adding hair extensions like we did for this tutorial. You will see the key areas toward the face which are straightened in the styling portion, but the style itself is built on Rylie’s natural hair texture.

This style is super easy to get the hang of and gives you a very beautiful look for competition. The other fabulous thing about this hairstyle is the versatility. You can truly wear this hairstyle from the stage to the red carpet. It is a flattering look that accentuates any face shape. I always say framing layers are so important for bringing attention to your best facial features.

Hair Prep

Preparing your hair is one of the most important steps. Make sure you have all your tools clean and laid out beside you; having a great area to work in that has all of your tools readily accessible makes the process go much faster.

I went through Riley’s hair with a light coat of Biosilk. I gently combed her hair and then began working through any tangles with the paddle brush. Rylie air-dried her hair from washing it the day before. For your personal hair prep, make sure you know things like whether your hair is better one or two days dirty.

Pin Curling

For this feature, we chose to use the clip-in hair extensions Riley normally wears for pageants. We worked to create a style that is a classic for the glamour lifestyle. I wanted to also showcase how beautiful the look can be when we really rock the tendrils on a style like this.

To make this happen, I carefully started at the bottom of the hair. I like to back-comb the roots before I place the extensions. Then I pin-curled 1-2-inch-wide sections of hair. One of the keys within this section is carefully intertwining the extension hair in with her natural hair. That is crucial to a beautifully integrated hairstyle.


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