Beauty Decoder: Curls Gone Wild

Beauty columnist Hannah Johnson gives in to her spiralling desire for loose, high-volume curls

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Hannah Johnson

(Photo: Norman Wong)

When I spotted the mountains of curly hair bouncing down Chanel’s resort runway, my initial envy of the volume and texture was snipped by a sudden flashback from the ’90s: my older sister leaving the salon in tears, traumatized by her puffy poodle perm. But with celebs like Lorde, AnnaLynne McCord and Solange letting their natural corkscrews fly, there’s no denying abundant curls are having a moment. Rather than yesteryear’s tight coils (Chanel’s Marisa Berenson-inspired look is a tad too retro for real life), I’m wrapped up in the idea of looser loops that add body to my fine hair. The effect is easily achieved at home with my curling wand and boar-bristle brush to break up the bends. It’s an easy way to actualize my Chanel dreams, with no perm-anent regrets.

Here’s what I used:

Schwarzkopf Osis+ Wax Dust, $23.50; Revlon Professional Style Masters Hairspray Photo Finisher Strong Hold Hairspray, $20; Paul Mitchell Neuro Unclipped Medium Cone Curling Iron, $150.

 Schwarzkopf Osis+ Wax Dust, $23.50; Revlon Professional Style Masters Hairspray Photo Finisher Strong Hold Hairspray, $20; Paul Mitchell Neuro Unclipped Medium Cone Curling Iron, $150 (Photo: Ivan Engler)

(Photos: Ivan Engler)

And here’s how I did it:

Hannah Johnson Curls3

(Photo: Norman Wong)

Step one: Starting with your longest layer, wrap a one-inch section around a narrow curling wand. Repeat until everything is curled.

Hannah Johnson Curls2

(Photo: Norman Wong)

Step two: Once hair has cooled, rough up the texture by scrunching a matte volumizing powder near your roots, using your fingers to break up the spirals.

(Photo: Norman Wong)

(Photo: Norman Wong)

Step three: Softly tease the ends of your curls with a natural-bristle brush to dodge the look of a too-perfect perm, then set with strong-hold hairspray.

 

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