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12th June 2013

It has always been so hard for me to have curly hair. It always either refuses to stay, or bunches up strangely and looks like a mop with my short hair. But then I came across this method from a friend of mine and I haven’t had the problem since. I have short hair, so the results for shoulder length – collar bone length will be different than longer hair.

Step One

Wash your hair. If your hair is already clean, you can run it under some water so it's wet. Towel dry until your hair is about 75 - 80% dry. Comb out your hair so there aren't any tangles.

Wash your hair. If your hair is already clean, you can run it under some water so it’s wet. Towel dry until your hair is about 75 – 80% dry. Comb out your hair so there aren’t any tangles.

Step Two

Put a headband on your head stretching from the upper middle part of your forehead to the lower middle section of the back of your head. This will affect where your curls begin.
Note: Make sure your headband is loose. A tight headband will leave a red mark and may result in bruising.

Put a headband on your head stretching from the upper middle part of your forehead to the lower middle section of the back of your head. This will affect where your curls begin. Note: Make sure your headband is loose. A tight headband will leave a red mark and may result in bruising.

Step Three

Start with the first strand of hair on the side of your choice. I personally always start on the right side, but it doesn't really matter. Take a strand about a centimetre to an inch wide and wrap it once around the headband.

Start with the first strand of hair on the side of your choice. I personally always start on the right side, but it doesn’t really matter. Take a strand about a centimetre to an inch wide and wrap it once around the headband.

Step Four

Repeat this step with each strand of hair until you reach the middle of the back of your head and stop. It should look like the picture.

Repeat this step with each strand of hair until you reach the middle of the back of your head and stop. It should look like the picture.

Step Five

Now start with the front strand on the other side. Repeat the process you did on the first side of your hair. When you come to the middle again, there should be one last strand that you can't wrap completely around the headband. Simply tuck it in the already wrapped part of your hair on either side carefully.

Now start with the front strand on the other side. Repeat the process you did on the first side of your hair. When you come to the middle again, there should be one last strand that you can’t wrap completely around the headband. Simply tuck it in the already wrapped part of your hair on either side carefully.

Step Six

Now you're done with the wrapping! You can wear your hair like this all day or just sleep on it. It may stay longer if it is worn all day and night, as it will have time to air dry and form.

Now you’re done with the wrapping! You can wear your hair like this all day or just sleep on it. It may stay longer if it is worn all day and night, as it will have time to air dry and form.

Step Seven

Once you wake up or – if you kept it on all day so you could wear it curly at night – carefully start by pulling the headband outward in the back and unwrapping the hair. Then you may tug on the front so it loosens from the headband and pull the headband back, assisting each curl out of the headband. Then, comb with your fingers. A brush will ruin the curls and make them look frizzy. Spray with some hairspray if you like, but you probably won't need to.

Once you wake up or – if you kept it on all day so you could wear it curly at night – carefully start by pulling the headband outward in the back and unwrapping the hair. Then you may tug on the front so it loosens from the headband and pull the headband back, assisting each curl out of the headband. Then, comb with your fingers. A brush will ruin the curls and make them look frizzy. Spray with some hairspray if you like, but you probably won’t need to.

Now you’re finished!

And voila! Now you have gorgeous curls that will stay and hold all day. It will reduce length a bit, as curls scrunch up the hair. My hair is down to my collar bone and when curled it comes up to my jaw line. With longer hair, curls will be larger.

Enjoy your curly hair!

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