We have always wanted to see a little curl in our editorial assistant’s hair. She has worn it pretty much poker straight, or in a ponytail, since we’ve known her – and that’s been quite a few years. We decided to visit Antonio and his crew at Salon Tocci, in Toronto, and asked them how to create soft bouncy waves in Steph’s fine hair. Here is the step by step:
Don’t part your hair, just let those strands fall where they want. This will allow you to achieve extra volume when creating curls and avoid a flat top.
Apply one pump of curl enhancing styling product to your hands. (We personally prefer working with a cream rather than a gel, as you are less likely to get product flaking or crunchy curls – circa 1980). Try Sexy Hair Curling Creme, Redken Ringlet 07 Curl Perfector or Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS Loopy Curl Cream. Start at the back of the head, and apply the product from the roots to the tips. When the cream feels like it is almost gone, run your fingers through the front of your hair – this will stop your hair getting greasy and/or looking limp at the crown.
Divide your hair into small, horizontal, manageable sections.
Twist each section of hair. Add a touch more styling product to sections if you find that your hair is beginning to dry.
Here the hair has been fully twisted. Pretty.
Add one pump of product to your hands. Gently scrunch hair upwards.
Using your blow dryer on a high heat/low speed setting, cup small sections of hair to head with a diffuser. Do this until hair is dry. Lastly, if you wish, you can use a curling iron to add a little extra definition.
Here is Steph with gorgeous looking waves.
Last tip: If your hair is going a bit flat towards the end of the day, rake your fingers through it. This will reactivate the curl.