Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your loved one, or just your girls, there’s just something super romantic and special about bouncy curls. Leading artistic director and founder of Perlei Salon in New Jersey, Linsey Barbuto has shared her go-to tips to get those curls that will leave you feeling fun and flirty all night.
Curls will vary depending on what type of tool (or no tool) that you use.
–Size does matter. Opt for a smaller round brush. The smaller the brush, the tighter the curl will be.
— Use high heat when working your ends, roll the brush all the way in and let the hair on the brush to cool by using the “Cool Shot” (if you have one) on the rolled-up brush or just hold the brush with the hair wrapped around it for a few seconds.
–For more volume, add mousse to your wet hair before styling.
Always use a styling spray and a heat protector before you curl your hair. Using both products helps the longevity of the curl and prevents the ends from getting “fried”. With a curling iron, you can manipulate the curl a bit more to be done horizontally or vertically.
Traditional bouncy curls: curl your ends completely. Hold each curl for 10 seconds. For a tighter curl, pin with a clip so it cools in a tight curl position before releasing.
Beachy Waves: wrap the curl away from your face, but be sure to leave the ends (about an inch) out rather than rolling them up with the curling iron.
If you find that working with your hair-dryer is tricky and don’t own a curling iron, no worries! You can still get beautiful curls with your flat iron. The trick is to never stop moving since flat irons typically leave creases.
Gently wrap hair around the iron as you slowly slide the iron down.
(You need to make sure you use both a styling product and a heat protectant on your hair when using a flat iron!)
Luckily there are so many great options if you don’t want to apply heat to your hair. My favorite is using foam rollers for defined curls.
For looser curls or waves, braid your hair the night before. The trick is to use a curl-defining cream or gel with non-heat styling. My personal fav is Oribe Curl Gloss.
Founder and Artistic Director, Perlei Salon
Bio of Linsey Barbuto
Linsey Barbuto is an acclaimed naturalist artist, educator and driving force of Perlei Salon, a full-service salon that specializes in the art of coloring and hair painting, damage repair, extensions, precision cutting, GK Keratin, make-up application, and body waxing.
With more than a decade of industry experience, Linsey is well-versed on a variety of hair types and textures including fine, thin, frizzy, coarse, curly, and coily hair. Known as the natural artistic hair colorist, Linsey’s impeccable attention to detail and signature technique on foil and hand painting allows her to create personalized looks for her clients. A graduate of the renowned Aveda Institute New York, Linsey additionally holds multiple licenses in hair extension application from Natural Beaded Rows and Great Lengths.
Perlei Salon is the culmination of Linsey’s love of travel and her lifelong appreciation of hair care, embodying all the best that she represents. In her spare time, you’ll find Linsey traveling the globe alongside her loving husband and purebred standard poodle, Daphne. Her European travels have greatly inspired the salon design choices. From an Italian love letter wallpaper and espresso lattes, to Parisian chandeliers, to Grecian-inspired marble countertops, the salon was carefully designed to bring her clients alongside her travels.
Thanks to Linsey Barbuto for these great tips on how to get curls using a variety of hair tools!
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