Friday, April 20, 2012

Crummy Curls

I've seen a ton of cute hair ideas and tricks pinned all over. It makes me miss my long hair...there's just so much you can do with short hair. Anyway...the sock curls and the head band curls have gone around quite a bit and I knew sometime we'd have a Pinstrosity on our hands, and finally today we got one.

The Original Pin
http://thepapermama.com/2011/07/hair-tutorial-no-heat-curl-html.html

Carolyn decided to give this pin a test last night/this morning in preparation for a photo shoot, and it didn't turn out quite as she had hoped. Ok, not at all like she had hoped. After staying up late just to let her hair dry enough after her shower, this Pinstrosity was an extra disappointment. She tells us, "I waited until my hair was only slightly damp, and got to work with twisting it into the headband.  I them climbed into bed and fell asleep (it actually isn't that uncomfortable, I was able to sleep very well with it up like that.)  I got up this morning and started to take my hair down.  I saw the front curls first and thought, "Oh goodness, I am going to be Shirley Temple... again!" And this girl can pull of some great Shirley Temple curls. Well...all looked good at first, but as she kept unrolling the headband, disappointment struck.

The Pinstrosity


She's not sure exactly what went wrong here...and since Em and I both have short hair we can't really test it out. Here's what Carolyn guesses might have gone wrong:
  • The back may have dried out too much before she wrapped the hair in the headband.
  • The back curls may have not been wrapped tight enough.
  • The front curls may need to be a little more dry or loose to match the back curls.
  • Perhaps a larger headband is needed (the one she used is below).


Has anyone else had success with this? Do you have any insights as to how to make this work better next time? Or have you had the same issues (or different issues) with this?

67 comments:

  1. I've used this one a couple of times before, with the exact same kind of headband she used. It's taken me a little practice to get it right, but it's pretty fun when it works. Carolyn's right about needing to make sure you leave the front curls pretty much as loose as you can without having them come out of the headband, and then make sure you really pull those back ones super tight. Another thing I've learned is that the wetness of your hair can really make or break this one. If it's not wet enough than it doesn't work real well. If it's too wet than your hair won't dry before you take it out and then it just drys like it normally would. If you want picture perfect ringlets, than you probably want to stick to a regular curling iron, but if you just want some extra curl and body to your hair this is a pretty handy trick. (And, actually, if you read what the original pin says, she says the same thing. She just uses this technique for added body, not perfect curls.)

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  2. I just went back to the original blog and was reading through the comments, and someone posted a solution to the only problem with this technique that I hadn't solved yet. If you do your hair like Carolyn did than the back section is only curled from about the half way point down. One commentor said they use two head bands, one for the top half, one for the bottom half, and this solves the no-curl-on-top problem.

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  3. I have done this on a couple occasions. I haven't had beautiful, softly curled world-ready hair when I wake up, but usually it's a great start to curls that I need to finish with a curling iron - to get consistent, all-over hair curls. I think that it depends on how wet your hair was, and how tightly you wrap it. The tighter you wrap, the tighter the curl - which I need to work on wrapping looser so I get curls that look more like the pin :)

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  4. I have never understood why this is supposed to be faster or easier than just curling you hair in the morning?

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    1. I find that this is way faster and easier than curling my hair the traditional way. My hair is very thick and takes about an hour to curl with a curling iron, but it only takes me 15-20 minutes to do it this way. These curls don't come out perfect, but a few minutes of tweaking can have them looking pretty darn good, and that still leaves me having spent less than half as much active time working on my hair. And, I didn't have to use any heat on my hair by blowing it dry or curling it, so it's better for my hair. It does take some practice to get it right, but how many new hair styles come out perfect on the first try?

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    2. If you shower in the evening and do either this or a sock bun, you dont have to do anything with your hair in the morning. I can be out of my house in 25 minutes, makeup, coffee and getting dressed. I love my sock bun. AND, I dont have to put all that heat on my already distressed hair. Coloring really takes it toll.

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    3. The curls last so much longer when you let them dry from slightly damp hair, I can get curls to last into the evening sometimes... with a curling iron, i only get hours - if I am lucky.

      Also, I use the thick cotton headbands instead of the skinny ones, the curls are more manageable.

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    4. My hair's stupidly long and thick, it takes me almost an hour to curl it.

      Also I wake up at 4:30am sometimes.

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  5. I did this.
    1. It took forever to wrap.
    2. my hair was all tangled in the headband when trying to remove
    after threatening to cut off all my hair to get the dang thing out, I finally did and the results as far as curls were pretty close to the orginal,
    but way to much trouble to do again.

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  6. I do this almost every night - here's my tips:

    1) Use 2 headbands; This is mainly because I have super thick hair... anyways, I pull my hair up into a half pony, wrap the bottom half, then wrap the top.

    2) DON'T SHOWER!; I don't know why. But they never turn out when you shower first. Just lightly spritz the hair before wrapping.

    3) Position; I'm a toss-'n'-turn sleeper... I found that if I took one of those wide cloth headbands (the type you scrunch up because it's wide enough to cover your whole head) and put the wide part over both twists.

    4) Don't twist; If I twist, I get waves. If I don't, I get curls.

    5) I use thick knit headbands, but that's just because I already had them.

    6) To remove (figured this out this morning!); Tug the back, tug the front, shake out and loose curls. Repeat about 3x.

    7) Cons? My hair is FRIZZY. I need to be able to brush it, not for tangles, to to smooth down my frizz. I've learned that a bit of hair spray will calm down the frizzies. Also, I like to pull the front curls towards the back and pin them - the front is much curlier than the back, and this helps balance it.

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    1. For the frizz I rubbed some Redkin Rough Paste into my palms and kind of squeeze twisted my curls. If you run your fingers through the curls it will intensify the frizz, the twist method dramatically reduced fly aways.... added bonus, it makes the curls much more manageable and less curly sue in the front.

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  7. When I do it, I use a Garnier Fructise Wave Enhancer right before I do it. Your "wraps" around the head band need to be the same tightness. And, I use a thicker headband, so i don't look like Shirley Temple

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  8. I have tried this, and it actually worked as it says, I have done it a few times, and found that the tighter I wrap it the crazier (Shirly Temple-esque) the curls, but if you wrap somewhat loosely, use very small sections of hair and lightly spritz with either a silicone smoothing spray, or very light leave in conditioner before wrapping, it greatly reduces the frizz. I also pin the top portion back so that it looks intentional that the top is completely flat, but with my hair, this is the only thing that has given me curls that last ALL day! Good luck! :)

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  9. i do this and love it!

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  10. Ok, I love your stuff, it is funny. This however I do at least twice a week and love. I do it when my hair is still fairly damp, and then I wear it to work(or just as my hairstyle) for the day. It is a super cute hairstyle in and of itself. I then sleep on it. It takes a good 24 hours for my hair to dry while it is rolled up.
    When I take it out it looks a little "curly sue" for my taste but I just wrap it around my fingers and pull it downwards so it isn't so tight.

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  11. I have tried this with some success. I have naturally curly hair-not nice curly either, icky, frizzy, poofy curls. So I tried this for a more controlled, less frizzy curl. Anyways the first time I tried it my hair was slightly damp. It did not work for me at all. It was just a frizzy mess. Later I tried but my hair was wet. I figured this way my hair would not have the chance to its natural state. I set it using the headband, much like the one used above, and then I put a little bit of hairspray, especially on my part. It seems to work for me. It is especially easy for days when I have to be awake early and do not want to mess with my hair in the morning.

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  12. As a hairdresser, I'm 99% sure that the style in the original post was touched up loosely with a large barrel curling iron. Which is actually a genius idea if your result is an uneven curl pattern and wouldn't take nearly as long as curling all of your hair in the morning. Wrap it in the headband at night, then touch up the straighter bits in the morning. Makes sense to me.

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    1. I agree, Angela. I am also a hairdresser and find it very hard to believe that the model woke up to those waves! Of course, maybe she slept with her head dangling off the edge of the bed???

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    2. It's interesting you both say that because my hair looks almost exactly like that in the morning! I use a thin elastic headband, wrap the front fairly dry and theback pretty wet and have slept on it overnight, no daytime use needed! At times, especially if I have a short nights sleep or it's pretty humid, the curls end up being more like loose waves, but anything is better than the kinky curly I would normally wake up to!

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    3. I definitely didn't use a curling iron in the front. I usually don't need any curling iron ever. But, sometimes the back just needs one curl from the curling iron. I like this method because my hair never stays curly all day with a hot curling iron. It does with the no heat curl (and loooots of hair spray). :)

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  13. I do this at least once a week and it turns out fabulous every time! I have never done it with wet hair before. Always dry and usually a day has gone by since washing it. My hair is uber thick, so I have to bobby-pin the headband in place or it'll fall out while I sleep. With the Texas humidity, this is the one curl that stays without loads of hairspray. :)

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  14. I have done this on more than one occasion and LOVE how it turns out!! My hair hits me right about the shoulder blades, and is thin...but there's a lot of it! I take my bangs and do them in one big loop. The rest of my hair I loop in about 1 inch sections. Depending on how big your sections are determines the curl/wave size as well as how wet your hair is when you start. I take a shower, then let it air dry for 15-30 minutes then get to wrapping. In the mornings I check to see how dry it is, and if needed i use the hair dryer on the lowest setting possible.

    I will admit that when I first started doing this, it was HORRIBLE. I looked like a poodle because my sections were too small!!! It was quite humorous actually!!

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  15. I tried this and my hair ended up a kinky frizzy fro! Granted I have alot of hair, probably be good for people with thin hair. But for me it was a pinstrosity for sure! And I promptly erased it from my board.

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  16. This did not work for me at all. I have naturally wavy/slightly curly hair and it just ended up a tangled mess. I could barely get my hair out of the band in the morning.

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  17. I tried this a while back and it worked great. My hair is very fine and doesn't hold a curl well, but this actually came out well. I will add that my hair wasn't damp at all - totally dry when I wrapped it. I do think it's easier as I'm not a morning person, so this is one less step to getting out the door in the morning.

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  18. It depends on your hair! I have fine hair and have done this for YEARS and it works great - in fact my hair stays curly most of the day. My daughters have coarse and medium and it doesn't work at all!

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  19. I have long, thick hair and tried this with no success. However I did "The Sock Bun" method and it worked GREAT. I get nearly perfect curls every time, as long as my hair isn't too wet when I put it into the bun. Essentially all you do is cut the toe end off of a sock and roll it into a "donut." Then you put your hair in a high ponytail, dampen with water and put the sock donut at the tip of the pony tail and roll the hair down the bun (from inside out) until you reach your head. It takes 5 minutes and in the morning the curls stay all day. :)

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  20. When I tried this I thought it worked pretty well. I have extremely fine hair that doesn't keep a curl AT ALL. I got a perm quite a while ago, and it's almost completely gone. But I wondered if that helped it to stay curly. I'd do this again though. (Also, that was the same size band that I used.)

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  21. I have naturally wavy hair that is unruly!!! I have tried this several times and each time with good reults.

    -1" strechy headband works just right 1/2 is OK but I prefer the 1"

    -Dampen Hair I work with wet hands and rewet as I go around

    - Do not use styling products!! this will tangle ans stick your hair!!! and make it a crunch mess. I like to use a leave in conditioner or no gel smoothing creme

    -wrap bigger, looser chunks in the front, and smaller tighter strands in the back, rewet the back as needed. let it dry completely, if it is not dry when you wak hit it with a dryer and diffuser.

    -Once you unwrap let it settle a bit while you eat breakfast :), then if two kinky use a smoothing or frizz cream to help it relax :)use your fingers to seperate curls...DO NOT BRUSH

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  22. This is the only way I do my hair! But it took me over a week of failed attempts before I finally got it right! I love this method, but I did find out it only works on longer hair

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  23. I tried it twice and it was AWFUL. It looked like I went to bed with wet hair, all kinked up in some spots and completely straight in others. Epic FAIL.

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  24. I've done this many times with mixed results. I found the curls were a lot more defined when I had blonde hair, I've heard damaged hair holds a curl better. I also found that if I did this hairstyle after having straightened my hair-like straightening hair in the morning, then putting hair in headband in evening- I woke up with almost no curl and basically a hot mess of a hairstyle. My hair is long and thick, but the actual hair is fine so I'm not sure how it would be for someone with coarser hair. I never bother with using heat to curl my hair as it just falls out literally about an hour after I've spent 90 minutes curling.

    I've done the hairstyle wet a few times, but have let my hair dry all day and all night up in this style. I also have found that brushing my hair as I go to detangle gives me better curls and less of a frizzy look. And finally putting a styling cream in, like the Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Defining Lotion, before putting hair into headband has helped too.

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  25. I've tried this method several time though I like the sock bun method better
    I have naturally curly hair and i straighten in quite a bit but I have found two things with both methods
    one its so much easier to do when your hair is completely dry and you spray it until it is LIGHTLY damp (i actually like to use leave in conditioner spray)
    two you need to make sure it is completely dry when you take it out (i have even run the blow dryer over it just to make sure and wait until it cools)
    I have also started spraying with a a couple squirts of hairspray or in my case curl defining spray before i start rolling it up
    so from a girl with unbelievably tight curls (like springs) to have big curls occasionally is nice but don't be discouraged it will take some time and practice..

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  26. I use this method all the time and it always turns out. I let my hair dry naturally, use mousse and then wrap my hair, sleep on it and curly hair in the morning.

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  27. Yours turned out considerably better than mine. I had to cut the head band out of my hair. Granted, my hair was down past my waist at the time, but still. The front was a frizzy, terrifying mass, and the back actually looked a lot like yours. I took a picture and my expression was strikingly similar to yours in the top picture.

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  28. I didn't have the best curls when I unwrapped my hair but they were pretty enough. The problem I had was the nasty rash I developed from wearing the rubber backed head band against my forehead all night. Fun times.

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  29. I have tried this several times. The first few with damp hair after showering, and the other with damp hair with mouse in it and it worked a lot better. It also kept it from frizzing out quite as bad! I also found that if your hair is not super heavy, you can use a wider, more soft headband (like one you may use when you wash your face?) to wrap hair around. It's more comfortable and doesn't leave marks! It also makes for a slightly looser curl!

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  30. I do this all the time and it is amazing! since my hair is naturally pin straight (even hours at the salon, my hair will fall straight down after curling/hairspray/pins). This is the ONLY thing that makes my hair curly and stay curly! I usually get two days out of it, the first day my hair is down and curly, the second day i wear my hair in a pony and the pony is curly :)

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  31. I do this all the time! I have loooong straight fine hair but a lot of it... It does not hold curl for more than an hour- except when I do this!!! I blogged about it with pics- the picture is the 1st time I did it and my front curls were pretty curly- so I just pulled them back. It does take a few times to get right but once you get it right, it's awesome

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  32. I have very fine hair (a large amount of it) and I do it on blowdried hair. I actually use a thick headband that's an inch wide so the curls aren't so small and frizzy. I sleep with that and touch it up in the morning with my straightener. After the day has gone by, my hair is usually soft waves as opposed to bouncy curls, but it's a treat not have to wake up and fry my hair off with my straightener! I only use my straightener to fix a crimp or bump! :) love this

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  33. Try sock curls! Theyre easier and come out great! My hair comes out super curly :)

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  34. OKay I completely love this, and I used it for my wedding. I do mine in tiers (usually 2 but 3 if i want to be extra large haired), and I also dissolve spray gel in water and spray that on my damp hair before putting it up. Take tiny pieces, but sacrifice the headband to the effort. cut the front of it, and pull to slide it out of the hair coil.

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  35. I used this exact pin and got GORGEOUS curls actually

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  36. I just put wet hair in clips and let it dry like that. I use two clips and crumple my hair into them (on the sides of my head where Princess Leila has her buns). When I wake up it's a hot mess.

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  37. Don't.Wet.Your.Hair. I do this dry all the time and it turns out perfect. Paper Mama's hair isn't even wet. She washed it the night before and when it was still wet put some product in it. She didn't wrap her hair in the headband until it was dry.

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  38. I have amazing success doing this! I actually have fine enough hair that I can do it for about 20 minutes in the morning. It's usually dry (or very slightly damp) and I do use a diffuser for about a minute. Spray just a little with hair spray and I'm done.

    -Liz

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  39. I have thick long hair and I had great success with this. I would usually touch it up a bit with a curling iron. but that was only the perfectionist in me. I had the best success with my hair being mostly dry and freshly washed or day old hair sprayed damp as I put it up. I don't think the size of the headband was the problem just the dampness of the hair.

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  40. I did this last night and it worked orefect! im doing it again tonight!! Try doing loose curls, although, i have long layered thich hair. It was very difficult to get out (:

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  41. This doesn't work with super-long hair. First, I couldn't get all of my hair at the back rolled onto the band, so I ended up twisting it into a coil bun. Then in the morning, I spent twice as long getting my hair out of the band. My hair at the time was past my waist- probably 18" long from the shoulders down. I've had friends with shoulder length hair use this with little to no issues, although most use damp hair and some kind of styling product.

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  42. When I do this, I have mostly dry hair, then put a little bit of mousse in it. It dampens it just enough and I get a pretty good hold. It works better for me if I do it on straightened hair though, otherwise my naturally curly hair just ends up in a poof ball.

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  43. I tried it out earlier this week and it worked just great for me! I'm trying it again tonight and I think I'll roll the hair a bit tighter than I did before, but honestly, I love it.

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  44. I've done this a ton of times, with varied results but typically good ones. The only bad thing is that I have a big indention on my forehead for at least an hour after waking up with this.

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  45. It works great for me if I do it slightly damp in the morning, but not if I sleep with it in. I think with thinner hair, if you sleep in it, it just flattens the curls.

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  46. i do this all the time, and have great success every time! I have fine hair, but a lot of it, so its thick (hope that makes sense). My hair is right at my bra strap in the back and has some long layers. I have used thicker headbands as well as thinner ones, the thinner ones give me tighter curls. I've also split my hair into two layers and used two headbands and that gave me awesome curls. The trick is getting your hair at the right moisture level. Too wet and it won't dry, too dry and it won't curl. I usually use a spray bottle to wet my hair as i'm going to get this right, then after its up I give it a decent spray with the water again but not too much. because i have so much hair i find pinning it with bobby pins in the back and on the side keeps it in place while i sleep. Because I have a side swept fringe I never wrap my fringe around the headband, that would totally look 80's the next morning. Hope this helps! I'm thinking when I do this, my hair is about 85 to 90% dry. Good luck, and keep trying, when you get it right its so worth it. I can wear the curls for two days typically (if i sleep in a hair net to keep from freezing the curl).

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  47. i tired this it worked really good for me.

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  48. I do this all the time and it works AMAZINGLY well in my hair. My hair holds curl very well so if I do this at night and sleep on it/leave it in (at least 8 hrs, less time and my hair isn't dry enough for the curls to stick) I unwrap to movie star curls.
    There was a bit of a learning curve because if the hair is wrapped too tightly it will turn out very Shirley Temple.

    My sister on the other hand, has stick straight hair that is very thick and heavy. Her hair does not hold curl well at all. For this to work for her hair, she showers in the morning, wears it like this all day, sleeps on it, and takes it out the following day (leaving it in for 24 + hours.

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  49. I've done this a couple times and it works amazingly well. The biggest problem with this pinstrosity is that she did it with wet hair; that's a big no-no. Your hair is supposed to be absolutely dry, not wet/damp AT ALL. Make sure your hair is wrapped tightly around the headband and you should have perfectly curled hair. And since you started with dry hair, after you take the headband off, be sure to use enough hairspray to make it last!

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  50. This works GREAT for me and I have really long and thick hair. I too use two headbands, since I have so much hair, and it always looks great. Here is a link to a photo of it when we were out of town. I also find that spritzing my hair works better than with damp hair, but mostly because my hair takes FOR-EV-ER to dry. Here is the photo

    http://mooneyequalsmc2.com/2012/03/22/cherry-blossoms-tidal-basin-washington-dc/cb-1-blog/

    The only problem is that I get NO height at the crown with this style, but it is still pretty.

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  51. looking at the org pic it looks like she has some curlers some how wrap into the headband. I think that would make the differance\.,

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  52. This works great for me! I do however have bad days where it doesn't come out right so I put my hair up in a bun. I tell people about this way to get great no heat curls, to just play with it and try different things i.e. more wet, less wet, use mousse prior, hair spray it once it is all up in the headband, whatever, after a while you will get the hang of it and what works best for your hair, I promise :o)

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  53. I've done this many times and love the results but I've found your hair can't be very wet at all and I use a anti-frizz cream to keep it from being fluffy. Takes a lot of practice to do but when it works it looks very carefree and pretty!

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  54. The first time I did this it was a major fail. My hair was too wet and I slept in it. I did it again one day when I work up early but didn't have to go to work till noon or so. So I took a shower and waited till my hair was nearly dry, just a little damp. And I left the band in for a few hours and it came out quite well. I think the key is to make sure your hair is not too wet because it won't dry enough to curl overnight. :) Good luck!!!

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  55. My try at it was a disaster! One side was super curly the other side was limp with little wave. I can't believe this worked for so many people...I'm too scared to try it again!

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  56. I actually use this method to curl my "uncurlable" hair often. Curling irons, hairspray, gel, etc give me great curls that fall flat in about an hour. This however gives me awesome curls that last all day and even he next day if I'm lucky. I think where I've had the best luck with it though is that I found it under a no heat/ dry curling method. I blowdry my hair, and then wrap it and sleep with it and take it out the next day.
    It's been a lifesaver for me.

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  57. Is it flat just because she slept on it? I have very fine hair and a method like this would never work for me. I've had my best results with the flat-iron curling method. (It certainly takes some practice to get right, but once I figured it out I've had consistent results.) Other things like braiding or or putting my hair in a bun while wet will only work for a few minutes before it falls flat, or sooner if I brush it.

    Her hair looks very similar to mine, and I would assume that in the back where the weight of her head was resting, her hair is fine and slick enough to work its way loose from the headband.

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  58. She's right about the looser curls in front, tighter curls in back. Some people bobby pin the layers down because they tend to stick out. The skinny headband will work for girls with medium length, THIN hair. Girls with really long and/or thick hair might use two headbands. Also, use really big chunks to get big curls. Brushing your hair really well before helps too. I do this all the time to my hair and it turns out great! I use one of those chunky cloth headbands, and shake the curls out of it in the morning. I then finger comb it lightly to further sculpt curls and smooth it. My hair is usually bone dry with leave in conditioner thrown in... but my hair tends to mold easily. Yours might be different. All I can say is keep trying! It really is a fantastic trick and people are always shocked to learn I didn't use a curling iron. Good luck!
    -Em

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  59. I've tried this twice and both times my hair's gotten stuck in the headband and it's taken about 20 minutes to get it out. Although it's kinda curly, it's a huge mess because i have to cut the stupid headband out! My hair is butt length so that's probably why I can't do these, but I've tried using a headband and also a pair of stockings and both times i was unable to get my hair out without scissors and pain. I hate how perfect heatless curls are on the internet. My hair is naturally straight and it always just comes out slightly curly, wavy, or curly but messy and nothing like the pictures. Any advice for someone with fine, long, straight hair?

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