Looking back at 2010, it seems like one of the biggest looks of the past year – and perhaps for a few more turns of the calendar to come – is big-barreled, lustrous, wavy curls that tumble down the back. Call it the “Kim K” look, but everybody from celebrities to your local librarian is going for softly defined curls with just the right balance of polish and play.
So how do you get those locks, if you’re not born with them? Well, for starters, you invest in virgin Indian Remy hair that’s sure to give you the bounce, shine, and body you need. But when you want that extra definition or extra smoothness in your look – something in between a body wave and a loose curly – you probably need to curl your hair extensions. So here are your options!
First things first, consider the type of hair extensions you are rocking right now. If your virgin Indian hair has a tighter curl pattern that you want to straighten or smooth out a bit, hot or pin curling will be your best choice. On the other hand, if you have fairly straight hair extensions that need to spiral up some, a wet set or roller set will serve you better.
Once you’ve determined what styling method will help create the look you want, make sure you know the proper procedures for pin curling, roller setting, and hot curling your hair (follow the links for instructions). However, also take into account these special additions that will help protect and serve your hair weave better:
Use the lowest heat possible when hot curling. One of the main advantages of virgin Indian hair is the thick, healthy, unblemished cuticle. Too-hot curling irons will damage the locks, leading to splitting, breakage, and loss of luster. And since Indian hair is generally straight anyway, you won’t need a “hard” hold to your new barrel curls – so go easy and set your iron to only half strength!
Contrary to what you’d do with your own hair, try to work in the largest sections possible. Use large-diameter rollers and curling irons to set huge swathes of hair. Because you don’t want to over-comb or over-brush your hair extensions and risk loosening your tracks or clip-ons, big curls are better. You can finger comb and style your hair without having to smooth out too-tiny ringlets.
When roller setting, use rollers that won’t pull or snag your locks too much. That means avoid brush and Velcro rollers, which can pick apart cornrows and even the wefts of your hair extensions, and try to use magnetic, paper, or other rollers that don’t require sticks or pins to secure them.
Go light on holding products. The last thing you want to do is weigh your locks down with sticky, drying, or dulling styling products. Again, remember that you have bought high-quality hair extensions, so just trust it to do as it’s told! Try an all-natural setting lotion for wet sets, and a lightweight hair spray for dry curls.
Don’t pull too hard on your extensions as you curl them. You just want a light, playful ringlet, and you definitely don’t need to yank your tracks out, so maintain about the same tension you would use to pull a pair of pantyhose from the dryer.
Always curl hair extensions while they are on your head, even when using clip-on hair pieces. Not only will this help prevent the installation process from destroying your look, but help you accurately determine the right size and placement for each curl. In general, tighter coils go toward the bottom of your mane, while larger, looser curls go up top.
In the end, the key word is care. Virgin Indian Remy hair extensions are a serious investment into your hair and beauty, so always take the best care of them that you can – even when altering them a little!