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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Hair curling advice ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Hair curling advice
for very straight hair with some dye streaks
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Date: 10/11/12 6:03 PM

Gentle PR-folk,

I seek advice on getting curls into my 10-year-old's hair for her halloween persona of choice. Her hair is straight, fine-stranded but thick overall. It's like mine, but I haven't tried to curl my hair for decades, and I'm hoping the technology has improved. Also hers will probably have some pink streaks.

Should I try curlers? If so, do they have to be on for a long time? Or a curling iron? Is there anything else? Thanks in advance!

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"People....so much bigger on the inside." Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife," 6.04, by Neil Gaiman.

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Date: 10/11/12 7:13 PM

Have this kind of hair myself. Straight, fine, thick. If it were a normal texture it would be a mushroom cloud. Won't even hold a tangle.

Roll while wet onto sponge rollers and let dry, either naturally or under a dryer.

Steam rollers (the Caruso kind work well) on freshly blowdried hair. Hair must be DRY. Let rollers get stone cold before removing.

Hot rollers - same method as above.

Spray, spray, spray.

I have often said I have spent half my life in pink rollers, the other half with a headache.

If I really wanted to make a ton of money, I would invent "Hair Therapy" where women could come in, whine/moan about their hair, and eventually, after several years of sessions, accept their hair type. But color would always be fluid!

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Date: 10/11/12 7:31 PM

I would use a curling iron and lots of hairspray that doesn't have water in it (Tresemme is one).

ETA- bear in mind this is coming from a woman who has naturally curly hair.
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Date: 10/11/12 11:23 PM

If they don't have to be ringlets, the easiest way to get a look of wavy hair is to braid it while it's wet (towel dried), and then take the braid out when the hair is dry (my hair takes forever to dry, so I'd say wash & braid the morning of the day before, and take them out the next morning. If her hair dries reasonably quickly, the morning of Hallowe'en should be enough time.). She'll have nice sizable crimpy waves that last until she washes her hair again. For extra security, a little styling product can help the waves hold (something you can comb through, obviously).

For ringlets or curly curls, a tried and true method is rag curls.

What's the costume?!
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Date: 10/12/12 12:35 PM

Thank you, comrades! I want to avoid heat right next to the scalp, so will probably go with the sponge rollers or rags. (I do have a few rags around here).

DD is going to be a human version of a cartoon character (Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic). Apparently that's a common idea in our modern mash-up world....Pinkie Pie has a luxurious curly (pink) mane, so a little extra volume would enhance the look. DD approves; she's already tried out pink streaks.

She vetoed my idea of adding some fuchsia felted wool dreadlocks but they wouldn't look curly anyway, I have to agree (I just want one of the kids to have felted dreadlocks as part of a costume sometime or other).

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