Weekly Trend: Polished Summer Curls

Bella Bethesda Expert: Katie

We love beach hair as much as the next girl, but sometimes we crave a more polished look on those warm summer evenings. Thanks to a few trusty curling tools and products, you can have the best of both worlds. Stylist Katie shares two ways to pull off this sophisticated summer look.

The Curling Iron Approach

When using a curling iron, it helps to have day-old hair so that natural oils can protect your locks from the heat of the iron. For maximum thermal protection, use a fortifying product such as Pureology Fortifying Heat Spray on damp hair before styling.

When you're ready to start curling, divide hair into sections. Working from the nape of your neck, separate one-inch pieces of hair, spray with strong-hold hairspray such as Sebastian Shaper Hairspray, and roll up until the piece is completely around the barrel. Hold for 8-10 seconds and release. Continue working through sections until you've reached your desired curl volume and gently comb fingers through hair to create that polished, yet summery look.

The Diffuser Route           

If you're short on time, a diffuser will help play off your natural texture while still offering a sophisticated look. To prep, simply wash, shampoo and condition like normal, then add a gel such as DevaCurl to damp hair.

Tilt your head to one side, place the diffuser at the tip of your strands, then gently push up to your head. keep there for 30 seconds, release diffuser and repeat on another section of hair, tilting head in other directions as necessary. The longer you spend drying your hair this way, the better the curl will hold. When finished, you'll be ready for a day at the office and a night on the town. Enjoy!