Last Saturday I had the esteemed pleasure of hosting Return of the Curls: Curls Gone Wild Kentucky Hair Expo. As the host I would be on my feet smiling, interacting and answering questions for 8 hours. This of course meant a trip to the salon for a style that was both flashy and functional. When I have work to do I like to have my hair put up and out of the way, a style that stands up to travel/activity and won’t turn me into a shrieking violet as my hair likes to shrink when I get hot + sweaty. I also want to try something a little different.
I made an appointment with Te’Anna of Natural Alternatives Salon for a natural style up-do. My stylists are in fact geniuses because they have come to understand “Haley-speak”. Haley speak is my feelings or emotions set to words and hand gestures to describe how I want my hair. I told her “Te, I want an updo. Flat twists up the crown, angled to one side. Curls in the front swirly like the bottom of a waterfall that show off my blue bangs. But don’t make me look like an eggplant.” Mmmhmm you understand that? Luckily she did.
Get This Style In 4 Easy Steps
- After washing, conditioning and detangling my hair, Te applied a heat protectant and lightly blew my hair out. I have my hair blown out when doing these styles to decrease my time under the dryer which is my most hated thing. The goal is get the hair 70% dry and lightly stretched.
- Flat twist the back and left side of the hair upward from the nape of the neck to the crown. Stop twisting once you reach the crown and secure with a roller clip to prevent unraveling. We used Lace Naturals More Moisture cream to twist and moisturize the hair. Set the crown on medium sized perm rods using setting lotion or foam.
- After sitting under the dryer remove rods and clips from hair (make sure your hair is 100% dry before removing rollers) secure in place using bobby or hairpins. I sat under the dryer for about 55 minutes. We left my curls intact because this style was done a day before the event.
- Lightly oil your fingertips and gently uncoil each curl into 3 or 4 sections depending on size.
It was important to me that my curls stayed off my face for the most part and out of my eyes. For a more elongated curl you can use bigger perm rods or flexi rods. If you are a terrible roller like myself you can two-strand twist the hair before setting on rollers which will provide a similar effect. This style is great for all hair lengths. If you hair is not long enough to set on rollers you can finger coil or comb coil for a similar look.