how to create loose curls

I am by no means a haircare expert.  I read a lot of magazines, watch a lot of youtube videos and visit a lot of blogs.  The majority of my hair care routine stems from a mix of all of these places over the years. 

For the most part, my hair routine has remained unchanged for many years.  I’m very much a creature of habit and tend to stick to what I know works (I also hate wasting money on products that I use only a few times. So when I buy something, I typically use it to the end before I buy something new).

Having said that, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite, holy grail, drugstore hair products and how I like to use them. 

If my hair isn’t in a top knot, it’s usually curled.  Typically I will curl my hair once (sometimes twice) a week and try to stretch those curls to last a few days.  As a operating room nurse, I am required to wear a hat all day so I’m really not all that picky about how my hair looks during the week.  The weekend is a different story.  
In order to avoid having to wash my hair after work on Fridays before I head out for the evening, I tend to wash and curl my hair on a Thursday night.  By washing my hair late in the week, I am usually able to “recycle” my curls through the weekend so I can spend my days off having fun and not styling my hair.  I’ve used THIS Infiniti curler for years now.  I don’t use the clip and just wrap my hair around the shaft to create a wave curl rather than a curly sue type curl, which I much prefer.

the best drugstore hair products

I’ve used this hairspray since my high school days (let me tell you, that’s a long time!). I lightly spray each section of hair before I curl it to give my very fine hair some texture for the curl to hold on to.  My curls will literally last days longer when I use hairspray before curling.  I also used it at the every end, after I’ve broken all the curls apart.  I lift a few sections and spray upwards (into the curls) to give it more volume and to give it more of a messy, undone look.

how to make my curls last longer

Again, a product I’ve used for years.  Although lately I’ve been testing out a few other drugstore options, but I still come back to this one.  However, I would say it’s no good for brunettes because it does leave a white cast.  However, for blondes,  I find it is somewhat of an advantage because it actually makes my hair look a tiny bit lighter in colour and helps to camouflage my roots.

I also love how it gives my hair that second day “grit”.  When I first wash my hair, it’s so slippery, flat and limp.  Second or third day hair is always the best.  This product gives me second day hair on day one, which I love.  The only thing I dislike about this product is that it does make my scalp dry.  So I try to use it sparingly and substitute with other dry shampoo when I need to.

I was thinking of doing a post (or video!?) on the dry shampoos I’ve tried, which I like, dislike and why.  Let me know if that would be something worth doing! 

Hope you enjoyed this! I thought it would be fun to do something different from a fashion post. Let me know what you think and if you’ve tried any of these products!



1 Comment

  1. t
    November 6, 2014 / 4:17 am

    Nice post! I never curl my hair. I should try it sometime..xo T.

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