Hair Do, Makeup Don’t

21 Jun
Are you ready for a long post full of pictures of me without makeup on? No? Well, too bad.
Cathleya asked me (on twitter) to post about how I do my hair, so that’s what this post is all about. Let’s start with a little background. My hair is very thick and wavy and I have a lot of it. I don’t wash my hair everyday because if I did it would be a giant frizz ball. I have a wide toothed comb in the shower that I use to de-tangle my hair with the conditioner in it. I rinse, towel dry, and put a tiny bit of another conditioner in my wet hair that I leave in. It is just regular conditioner that you’re supposed to rinse out, but my hairdresser told me it was ok to use a tiny bit and leave it in, especially with my type of hair. Here’s what it looks like after it has air dried for a few hours:

I told you about the lack of makeup. Scary, isn’t it?

If I want to be lazy, which is most of the time, I will put my hair half up and wear it like this. It is wavy on the bottom and straight on the top which is strange, but I make it work.

The day after I wash my hair, I start the curling process. First, I brush out my hair completely and this is what I look like:

Man, I wish I was a teenager in the 80s.

Then, I put most of my hair up except a small section on the bottom. Let’s call this the first layer:

Holy moly, I’m ugly. I start curling pieces closest to my face and I always curl AWAY from my face.

I get all the hair wrapped around the curling iron and hold it for a second or two. Then, I pull the iron down and slowly release the hair like so:

Once I get to the middle of the back of my head, I switch to the other side of my face and curl the opposite direction, but still away from my face. See?

When I’m done with the first layer, it looks like this:

Then, I’m ready for layer numero dos. I take some hair down and clip the rest back up and start curling the same way as before.

Now, I have a lot of hair, so I have to do about five layers, but if you have less hair you might only need three or four.

Most people have a hard time with kinks. If you clamp the curling iron down on your hair without moving it, you will get a big dent. So, don’t do this:

You need to keep the iron moving until you have all the hair wound around, like this:

If your hair doesn’t hold curl well, I recommend using some hairspray for each layer. Before you take down new hair, spray the finished layer. I don’t really need to do this and I only use hairspray at the end if I’m going to go to a really long event like a wedding or something.

If you like the tight curl look I suppose you could stop here, but I think it’s a little much.

Oh jeez, look away from the face, please.

I like to loosen the curls up, so I use my fingers like a comb and break them up.


I really wish I had put on makeup before I did my hair that day.

Now I can make this last for a good three days. Here I am on day two:

Cute Jackson in the background and cuter Amy with makeup on. I actually like my hair better on the second day. I use a little bit of dry shampoo – I like TRESemme – and brush it all out and this is what I get.

Here I am on day three:

Much less curl, but still cute and much better than the big frizz pouf I started with.

Usually by the third day I’m ready to start over, but if you paid attention, you’d realize that I didn’t wash my hair for four days. One day I left it natural and three days I had it styled. I know for some people that is totally gross, but I promise I shower and my hair doesn’t smell bad. If I work out or sweat a lot, I don’t let it go that long. Also, it is much better for your hair to wash it less often so the natural oils aren’t stripped off. Ever heard of no poo?

If you try this or have some suggestions for how to make my process better, please comment! I looooove comments.

15 Responses to “Hair Do, Makeup Don’t”

  1. Beth Brakewood June 21, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    My hair is basically the opposite of yours (thin, no wave at ALL, but I do have a lot of it) and I follow the same advice about not shampooing very often. Part of that is because I'm cheap – I love my chemically-applied hair color and don't want it to fade – but mostly it's because my hair fries if I wash it all the time. I do a two-day routine with mine (third day is often to clip it up in a twist though). The only thing that gets in the way is working out, but sweat is water soluble, so I rinse, spray on a little leave-in conditioner and just make sure it doesn't smell. I am intrigued by no poo though – I have all those ingredients in my pantry, I need to give it a try!

  2. Beth Brakewood June 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Also – you look fine without makeup! I'm in acne-hell right now (grrr, stoopid fertility treatment), so I'm uber jealous !

  3. kelsey June 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm #

    It looks so cute!! I really love the way you style your hair. I'm so glad Cathy asked you to write this post! What if you want to fix it on day 1? Or if you have to blowdry it? Will it work the same?

  4. Phil and Darby Hawley June 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    I have similar hair so I will have to try doing my hair this way. How long does it take you to curl all those layers?

  5. Amy June 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

    @kelseyIf I try to curl it on day one it will be much more frizzy, so I just try to schedule it this way. If I know I have something coming up where I want to look nice, I'll wash my hair a day early.Blow-drying my hair is a waste of time and energy for me. If a stylist does it, it's great, but I'm not talented with a blow dryer so it just makes it hUUUUge and poofy.

  6. Amy June 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    @Phil and Darby HawleyIt probably takes me about 30 minutes from start to finish. This is, believe it or not, faster than trying to bloww dry it and straighten it (which I never do anymore).

  7. katherinebee June 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    You look amazing! I only have, like, one layer of hair, so when I curl it never looks that good. Thanks for sharing in case I get the urge to try curling it again.

  8. Amy June 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    @Beth BrakewoodThank you!! This seems like the first month my skin isn't completely atrocious, so I feel your pain.

  9. Amy June 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    @katherinebeeThank you!! You should try it! Just use a lot of hairspray!

  10. Erin June 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    SHUT UP!!! You're beatuiful. I wish I could go longer between washes, but I'm uber oily, and I think I don't smell fresh in between washes. I have to do every day. Plus washing everyday gives me a bit of body that I lose if I don't wash.

  11. Amy June 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    @ErinThanks girl! You have to train your hair to not get oily between washes. It sucks for the first couple of weeks, but your hair will gradually adapt!

  12. Morgan June 21, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    Great tutorial! This is very similar to what I did for a tutorial on weddingbee last fall, but I can only get away with going 2 days without washing my hair, and it actually curls better right after I've blow dried it.And you are so gorgeous without makeup, seriously!

  13. Cathleya June 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I know you said the grass is always greener on the other side but I am thorougly jealous of how beautiful your hair always looks! It does look like a lot of work, but well worth it. I have very thin, limp hair (that's currently falling out from stress…so sad 😦 ) and if I want to give it volume I have to definitely spend a bit of time pumping it up 🙂 Thanks for sharing your routine…I'm so fascinated! And you're gorgeous!

  14. fromscratchblog June 24, 2011 at 12:59 am #

    You look gorgeous! Great tutorial – very helpful. I wish I could get away without shampooing every day, but I have super fine hair and it gets a mean case of the greasies if I don't wash everyday. I love your hair!

  15. stephanie michele July 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    Ok, I'm totally trying this curling method. And how was I not already following your blog?!? Doh!

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