Actually, the reason I don’t do tutorials is because me and hair just don’t mix. I get a lot of questions about how I create the curls I sometimes wear, though, and my answer is normally “Hot rollers and a lot of luck”, so when ghd asked if I’d take some photos of myself using the V Emerald Stylers they very kindly sent me, I was honestly a bit dubious. As regular readers will know, I’m very much Not a Hair Person, and so, well, let’s just say I had my doubts.
Anyway, although I’m not remotely qualified to instruct people on how to do their hair, I thought I’d attempt to show you how I do my hair, so here’s a quick n’ easy retro(ish) updo, using the ghd V Emerald Styler. A quick word about the styler, first:
I’ve been a fan of ghdfor a while now (My gym used to have them in their changing rooms. It was one of the main reasons I kept up my membership for such a long time), but I particularly like these ones because, well, they’re green. You know how I am with green.
I don’t generally use flat irons to straighten my hair, because my hair is already straighter than a very straight stick, so there’s just no need. I have my hair done by my lovely friend Caroline these days (Er, she is actually a stylist, by the way. She didn’t just randomly turn up and start hacking at my hair one day…), but when I used to go to a salon, they’d always insist on straightening it before I left, which I absolutely hated, because it would remove what little volume I had (Which was NO volume) and I’d come home with my hair plastered to my head, and looking like I’d lost 80% of it in some freak accident. I don’t straighten, then, but I do sometimes use flat irons to curl my hair, and these ones are particularly useful for that: they have a fairly small barrel, which creates nice, tight curls, and they also heat up in about five seconds flat, which means I don’t have time to get bored and wander off to do something else. Like you’re probably about to do when you realise how long this post is.
So! Curling hair with ghds!
Take your straight, poker-straight, very straight hair, and also your ghds.
Put the straighteners down, and go and pin up the top layer of your hair to keep it off your face. Feel stupid for not doing this first:
Look quite awkward while you do this. It will help.
(No it won’t.)
Take a small lock of hair (the amount of hair you use will determine the size and type of the curl: small sections of hair will produce tight ringlets, larger ones will create looser waves) and clamp it with the flat iron like so:
Rotate the flat iron 180 degrees, away from your head. You should now have a section of hair wrapped around the barrel of the straightener:
This was kinda hard to photograph, but what you’re basically going to do next is to slowly and gently pull the flat iron down the length of the hair until you reach the end:
Again, try to look a bit awkward while you do this, and also, if you can try to maintain the same facial expression throughout, that’s a bonus.
Some tips for this stage of proceedings:
♥ The slower you pull the straightener down the hair, the better the results will be. I try to go as slowly as I can, and pause every couple of seconds, which helps the curl set.
♥ Try not to touch the plates, or they’ll burn you. I mean, so I’ve heard, anyway: you all know I would never be clumsy enough to burn myself with a heated implement, no way. Ahem.
♥ Also remember that you’re putting a lot of heat onto your hair, so it will get very, very hot. Try to avoid touching the curl for a few seconds after you’ve created it, or it can also burn you. Apparently.
Once you’ve reached the end of the strand of hair, all that’s left to do is unclamp the straightener to release the curl, which should look something like this:
What you do after that is up to you: you can continue on and do the rest of your hair obviously, or, if you’re feeling lazy, and I normally am, you can simply curl the sections at the front, and throw the rest into a bun. Up to you.
For me, the advantage of this method of creating curls is that the results tend to last much longer than the curls I get from rollers, etc. I took these photos yesterday morning, and the curls were still there this morning (albeit a little flattened from me sleeping on them), which is really, really unusual for my hair. The disadvantage, however, is that if I’m doing my entire head, it’s a lot more time-consuming, so it’s something I’d normally only do for a special occasion, or if I had a bit of extra time to get ready.
Of course, this is just one of the effects you can get with these stylers, and there are lots of tutorials on the GHD website, so go and take a look and see what you fancy!