Hey guys, hope you’re all well and are having a lovely last few days of summer!
First off, I just wanted to apologise for being a bit quiet the past week or so, I’m on holiday with no internet, so I’m just trying to use whatever wifi I can find in cafes. I meant to put a post up before I left, but I was so busying working on things that I never got the chance to! So sorry 🙁
Anyway, I’m doing something a little different today, as I was lucky enough to get these absolutely gorgeous emerald ghds
^.^. I’m so excited about them, because not only are ghd straighteners considered the Aston Martin of hair stylers, but these particular ones look so lovely!
I used to constantly borrow my Mum’s ghds as well, so she’ probably pretty pleased that she can properly use hers now that I have these beauties, ha :3.
I’ll be doing a little tutorial on how to get big, bouncy waves/curls like in the first picture, though I’ll also be including instructions on how to make it more uniform-looking like in the original ghd tutorial
that I was following (it was the second one down on that link!).
So first up, put volumising mousse through your towel-dried
hair, before combing it through and roughly drying it (I always hang my head
upside down as I dry it for extra volume).
I borrowed this Charles Worthington off my Mum, because I didn’t have any
volumising mousse- I used it once (though not this one) and it didn’t seem to
While it did leave my hair looking much more voluminous than usual (i.e. not flat to my head) even while straight, my hair felt pretty gross (for want of a better word, I’m not too sure how to describe it, it just felt full of product and kind of sticky and greasy..?) It looked alright for a bit, but after a while it got a bit windy, loads of the strands of my hair separated out and I just looked like I needed a good wash, which is not entirely ideal! Brushing it through helped quite a bit, but then I was just brushing all the curls out.
Back to the tutorial, switch your straighteners on so they can heat up while you’re separating out your hair. These ghds are dead simple (and fancy!), you just slide up the switch,the logo lights up, then they heat up in no time, before beeping to tell you they’re ready.
Grab a strand- remember, if you want the neater waves to separate each layer into same size sections to work with, but if you want messier different sized curls then you can be more random with the sizing.
Then you want to start twisting the section a little loosely around your thumb (because if you do it too tight it can be a pain to get back off your thumb, ha ^.^’), like this:
(Yup, that picture’s of a different section of hair, but I completely failed at getting a decent shot of this step on the first strand!)
Just continue winding the length around your thumb until it makes a spiral, then take your thumb out:
Then clamp the straighteners down on the spiral for a little while- the original tutorial recommends 6 seconds, but it can totally depend on the thickness of your hair. This can be a bit of a tricky bit, when it comes to avoiding burning yourself, but the best method I found was to hold one half of the spiral before putting the straighteners on the other side and then lightly pushing the rest of the spiral in, so the straightener was in the middle of the spiral (it’s hard to explain but once you’re doing it and have got the knack of it, you’ll be fine!)
Then take the spiral out (again can be tricky, but once you get used to it you’re fine, and even if it falls out you can just twist it back up to how it was!) and clip it to your head to cool. You’re supposed to use nice big hairdressing slide clips like these
), but I didn’t have any and had to improvise with standard clips.. much less useful as they hold less hair, ha!
Then you just continue on around your head, until everything is pinned up in the spirals (and you somewhat resemble Little Orphan Annie…).
Once all of the spirals are cooled, the you can take them out, lightly twisting the hair in the direction of the curl as you do to help the curl set. You will then most likely then slightly resemble Shirley Temple:
So brush it through..
Tah-dahhh! All curly and whatnot :3. You can finish it with some hairspray if you think you need it.
All in all, I’m dead happy with how it came out, there was so much volume to my hair, which lasted until I brushed it out. The ghds were a dream to use, definitely the best straighteners I’ve ever used, and they were really lightweight which is great if you’re holding them up and using them for ages, ha ^.^’! I don’t think I’ll be using that volume mousse again, because of how it made my hair feel and separate in the wind, though maybe it was because I just used too much? Does anyone have one (or something similarly volumising) that they would recommend?
So a quick run-down of everything I used:
ghd V Emerald Styler* – ghd
Volume Salon Finish Body Booster Mousse – Charles Worthington (they don’t seem to make this anymore, it’s been repackaged with a different name
, so maybe it will be an improved formula now!)
Random Clips – Collected from round the house
Anyway, what did you guys think? Should I do more things
like this every once in a while (I’m sure I’ll get better at it as I go on, or
at least I hope!)? If you have any pointers or anything then I’d love to know