How To: Soft, Romantic Curls for Valentine's Day

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Image via Paul Mitchell National Educator Cassandra McGlaughlin

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your sweetie or with your girlfriends, it’s a wonderful day to get dressed up and properly coif your hair. Paul Mitchell® National Educator Cassandra McGlaughlin provided these steps for creating romantic waves for your Valentine’s Day plans.  

1. A proper blow-dry is a must.

My go-to products when prepping hair for a blow-out are Awapuhi Wild Ginger® HydroCream Whip® and Hydromist Blow-Out Spray™. They help to shape and smooth the hair in preparation for long-lasting, smooth curls. Add these stylers to your product arsenal to create a smooth base for your curls.

2. The shape and size of your sections makes a difference.

Use large, diagonal sections to give hair a loose pattern that allows the curls to flow into each other. Start the sections at the base of the neck to allow the curls to cool undisturbed, while you work your way up the head.

3. The proper tool is important.

I love using the Express Ion Curl® XL. The 1- ½ inch barrel is the perfect size for creating curls on medium to long hair. Prep the hair with Hot Off The Press® before curling and adjust the heat for your hair type (thicker hair can handle higher temperatures, while more fine hair should be curled with lower heat). Then, begin to curl the hair, making sure the tension is tight. This ensures the curls will last and the base of the curl will be smooth.

4. Take your time.

Using larger sections means each section needs a bit more time. Heat each section all the way through and let the hair cool completely. This will help to keep the integrity of the curl and reduce frizz. Hold Me Tight™ is a fantastic finishing spray because it’s super lightweight and provides a gentle hold.  

5. Be gentle when finishing with hairspray.

Once the curls are fully cooled, it’s time to set your curls with hairspray! Be confident yet gentle when you put the finishing touches on the curls. I recommend tilting your head back and spraying the curls from the underside to reduce frizz and control how much you want to loosen the style.

Soft, flowing, romantic hair sets the perfect tone for a romantic date night or a fun night out with friends. Happy styling!  

Taylor deDiego is Paul Mitchell's Web Content Writer and resident style hunter. She spends her days writing copy, keeping tabs on our social channels and testing new DIY hairstyles in our in-house salon.  

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