You Can Do It: A Guide to Getting Fabulous Salon Curls at Home

Curling your hair at home is not always an easy feat. Thus we recommend a divide and conquer approach.

From the top: start with shampoo and conditioner that is meant for curly hair, like Curling Citrus Mango made by Organix. The brand, made by Vogue International, launches this month and brings such natural elements as orange blossoms, honey, and vitamins B and E to your regime – with the goal of lifting, purifying and tightening curls. Grab this one at Duane Reade locations throughout the city.

Our resident hair expert Lori McKeon, of Styles Hair Studio ( in Hyde Park, New York recommends using Paul Mitchell’s Round Trip on wet hair. If you’re on a budget, you might want to check out Curl Crème by Biotera, which can be found at most retailers.

Next, you’ll want to blow your hair dry to add volume. Once you’re all dry – and ready to face the curling iron – section in four or five places. McKeon recommends starting in the back with a very hot iron.

We suggest the brand that Beyonce’s been known to use, Enzo Milano’s Bi-Tube curling iron. ( Hair can be woven around the ceramic barrels for a natural look that does not look too perfect. This look is similar to one of our favorite curly-haired women, Naomi Watts, seen here at the Academy Awards.

When using a traditional iron, McKeon says: “Clamp hair towards the bottom of iron, and spiral your way up.” She also recommends curling smaller sections of hair for a tighter look, and larger sections for a looser look. “For hard to hold hair,” she says, “spray a light spray on the curl as soon as it comes off the iron. Work your way through the sections. Remember, your hair will relax a bit so make it a little curlier than what you want.”

We recommend trying Kimble Hair Care Systems’ Shape and Hold Spritz to prevent the curl from falling out. ( After all, what good are curls if they’re spiraling out of control?

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