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Updated: Apr 7



If you're like most of us, those curls just can't last long enough! With these quick and easy tips, you can keep those luscious curls just as on point as they were to begin with! Always remember that finding the right way for your hair may take some time, so be sure to play around with different ways to achieve that perfect look. Since everyone's hair is different, you may need to try a couple of things before you find what works best for your hair.


Use Good Products

The key to a good curl is using styling products. Using Curl Manifesto Gelee is amazing for a curly look, and it's great for reviving the look you already have without making it feel crunchy. You also need a good texture spray. Don't forget this step! It's crucial to giving those curls the perfect look and taming the frizz. We love L'Oreal Next Day Hair! It's a total game changer. It can liven up the look you just created or it can bring it back to life later in the day for evening plans in one simple step! You should also go for a product that gives your hair a healthier look and feel. Damaged hair will not stay curled the way healthy hair will.


Hairspray Hairspray Hairspray!

Make sure to put a lightweight hairspray after each curl with the hot tool, and a finishing touch on all of your hair at the very end! A light, non-crunchy spray can be your best friend!


Find the Right Hot Tool

Everyone's hair is a little different. When getting ready to start, never forget a heat protectant and keep that hairspray close by! You should spray each section before and after each curl. If you've got fine hair, a flat iron will probably be your best bet. Choose one that has rounded edges to get the perfect look. Try to look into flat irons that are ionic, have ceramic plates, or include extra help for smoothing hair such as tourmaline. Although buying a quality curling iron, wand, or flat iron can be pricey, the benefits far outweigh the cost! It may be a little less desirable, but your hair will be able to tell the difference, and so will you when you see how much better your hair looks and feels!


For thicker hair, try a wand. Most women with thicker hair find a wand to be the perfect tool to get those locks to stay voluminous and give long-lasting curls. The thicker the wand, the looser the curl. Keep that in mind when deciding just how long you'd like your hair to stay curly.




Get The Right Barrel Size

It's important to get the right barrel size for your hair if you're using a curling iron or wand.

For hair with hard to hold curl, try a 3/4 to 1" barrel. The curls will start a little tighter and give it a boost.

If your curl holds a little better, try a 1-1.25" barrel.

If it always ends up falling flat, you'll need a little more quality hot tool.


Curl Hair a Little Tighter Than You Want

Although tighter curls may be a little tighter than you'd like at first, it leaves tons of time to fall correctly and give you an even longer lasting curl that often goes into the next day! If you want them to look fuller, brush the curls for that looser look.


Skip Deep Conditioner

Although we want that sleek, shiny look we get from a deep conditioner, it makes it a little heavy and weighs hair down. It makes it harder to style, so go for a lightweight conditioner instead. Keep in mind, the second day is better to get those curls. You need just a little bit of natural oil to make it easier to mold.


Use The Right Temperature

It's a good rule of thumb to keep the hot tool at 300 degrees to keep your hair from getting a little dry or fried. Resist the urge to bump that temperature up. Higher heat doesn't always mean better curl. Keep in mind that someone with fine hair can get away with an even lower temperature.


Cool Curls Before Loosening Curls


Think about it just like a cake. You leave it out for a bit to settle, and your hair is no different.

As the hair cools, it firms, giving it a better chance of staying beautiful and curly. After finishing your whole head, let it sit for a few minutes before brushing or running your fingers through your hair. An even better way to let curls cool is to pin each curl up with a duckbill clip while allowing to cool. It's a great little hair hack that's super inexpensive!


Use Hot Rollers or Velcro Rollers

For some, using rollers is a better solution to get their ideal curl.

Use Velcro if you just want it to be curvaceous, but if you're looking for big, bouncy curls, use hot rollers.

If you have fine hair, hot rollers are definitely the way to go when deciding between rollers.



Don't Touch That Hair!

Don't mess with those curls too much with a brush, comb, or running your fingers through it. This is something you should do initially after your hair has cooled from the hot tools. The more you mess with it, the quicker it will fall. It may seem like an easy task, but we all have a habit of touching our hair throughout the day before we even notice what we're doing. Each time you touch those curls, you're adding a little more oil, dirt, etc. These things are definitely your nemesis once your hairstyle is complete.


Put in a Bun at Night


If you've already done those curls and want to preserve them for the next day, throw your hair up into a top bun and secure with a silk scrunchie. Using regular hair ties can cause breakage. When using this technique, it keeps the body in the curls underneath and prevents them from going flat. Don't forget to use lots of light hairspray!



Use Dry Shampoo At Night

If you're trying to carry the curl over to the next day, spray some dry shampoo in before putting it up into a bun with a scrunchie when you lay down for bed.


At-Home Dry Hair Blow Dry

Bend over so hair hangs down in front. Using a diffuser, dry it out a little more. If you use your fingers and tousle the hair, you should flip back over and have tons of volume! It's a great boost!


With all these hair hacks, you're sure to find the perfect mixture to give you those perfect curls! No more stressing over how to make it into that meeting or get to those evening plans with that beautiful look. Now you'll already know how to keep it looking great, lasting long, with even a couple of refresher tips for hair that looks just as great as when you started!





It's a beautiful, effortless style that turns heads. We all wish we could start our day with a dip in the ocean to have those true sun-dried beach waves, but that's not the reality for most of us. Good thing we've got ways to get that same natural look at home! Not a fan of using heat on your hair? Don't worry, we've got you covered! It's an easy, versatile style that matches any hair type, so we can all enjoy those wonderful waves. It's recommended that those with curly hair straighten it first (with a good heat protector, of course) to give you a better canvas to work with. The best part of all is that to get this look, perfection isn't required! There's no right way to do this look, so we can all enjoy that simple, effortless beach look!

Finger Waves with Pin Curls


  • Take your favorite styling cream or mist, apply to wet hair, and get ready to go! Our favorite cream is the Kerastase Curl Manifesto Gelee. It has a humidity shield with 24 hour frizz control. It restores softness, strength, and fullness

  • Put hair in 1-2" sections and wrap around finger

  • Clip the wrapped hair into clip curl using a pin curler

  • Blow dry on low setting to set hair

  • Leave curls pinned for an additional 30 minutes


Curling Wand


  • Create 1-1.5" sections and use heat protectant

  • For short hair, use 1" barrel, while longer hair should use 1.25-1.5" barrel

  • Starting halfway down your hair, twist around barrel, alternating directions of curl for the more natural, not too perfect style

  • Run fingers through hair gently once it's completely curled

  • Give it a spritz of texturizing spray

  • Finish with a light hairspray like Fashion Work 12 by Redken




Low Maintenance Air Dry

  • Apply styling cream (such as Curl Manifesto) to damp hair

  • One way to do it is to simply part hair into one or two low braids

  • You can also part your hair down the middle and into two loose buns, secured with silk scrunchies. Using hair ties can damage the hair or break the ends

  • In the morning, take down hair and tousle with fingers

  • Add a good texture spray like Pureology Wind Tossed Finishing Texture Spray. It adds body, softness, and shine. This product is also great for girls who color their hair, using an anti-fade complex

  • If you want to calm the rogue pieces, use a curling iron or wand for a more perfected look


Flat Iron Twist



Choose a top-notch flat iron. Believe it or not, some flat irons include things to protect the hair. We recommend the Sleekr flat iron by Sam Villa since the plates are ionic and coated with tourmaline for extra shine and smoothness, with a snag free promise!


  • Time for separation. For thin hair, separate down the middle into two halves. For thicker hair, use four quadrants

  • Apply heat protectant before curling each section of hair

  • Curl 1" sections at a time

  • Flip flat iron upside down with cord facing upwards

  • Grab the sectioned hair, starting at the base, and twist hair until it is wrapped around the outside

  • Once the hair is locked in place, glide the flat iron down the section and watch a perfect curl bounce back

  • Do curls in opposite directions for a full, natural look

  • Once you've curled it all, run your fingers through for a more relaxed, loose wave

  • If you'd like more control of your look, use a hairbrush or comb. The more space between bristles, the less fluffy your hair will be. A wide-tooth comb will create a piecier beach wave look

  • After softening curls, use a light hairspray or even a dry volume spray for a boost of body and texture.


With these four hair hacks, you can have those amazing waves to give you that effortless style that looks like you came straight from the beach!

Updated: Mar 16


Not all of us can afford the luxury of time for perfect winged eyeliner and a meticulously contoured glow. Luckily, we've developed a 5 minute, 5 step makeup routine to make you look just as stunning! You don't have to spend a lot of time to look gorgeous. Five minutes is all you need!



Before you get started, let's look at the list of must-haves for five minute makeup.

We've decided to use the Jane Iredale line for it's effectiveness, length of time it holds up, the quality ingredients put into them with care, and the added bonus of anti-aging properties. All of her products are 100% vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free as well! Get your five minute kit together and let's go!


Tools

  • Tinted Moisturizer

  • Foundation

  • Golden Bronzer

  • Blending Brush

  • Eyeliner

  • Mascara

  • Lip Color

  • Setting Spray



Step One


The first step will be to get a good base on your skin. Depending on which coverage you like, one of these two products will be your best bet.


Sheer Coverage

A good tinted moisturizer can make a big difference. Multi-purpose

items save a great amount of time since you can knock out extra steps.

We recommend the amazing Jane Iredale Dream Tint for beautifully sheer coverage. This water-resistant tinted moisturizer includes lightweight minerals that provide sheer to medium coverage. It also includes SPF 15 UVA/UVB rays, with the added benefit of reducing the look of enlarged pores and fine lines.

Apply the tinted moisturizer with the Jane Iredale Blending Brush that's amazing for both cream and powder based products. You can also use this brush for your blush! It'll cut down on the number of products you have to pull out for your five minute makeup kit while leaving the perfect finish.



Sheer to Medium Coverage

The full Jane Iredale line focuses on hydrating your skin, but this takes it to another level. Liquid Minerals Foundation has a mixture of a hyaluronic serum and tinted beads. The tinted beads are suspended in hyaluronic acid, resulting in hydrated skin with a flawless finish. This pigmented serum also hides some of those fine lines and wrinkles and helps minimize the appearance of pores while smoothing and evening the skin tone. The active ingredients are time released to prevent degrading. In a circular motion, use the blending brush to create that effortless look of perfect skin.



Step Two


This compact knocks out three steps in one. Talk about a time saver! Our pick is the Golden Bronzer in Moonglow. It has four different warm hues, providing the perfect palette for blush,

bronzer, and even eye shadow! Using the blending brush, give your face a quick brush to leave your complexion looking bronzed and radiant. Use the same blending brush to apply the desired blush color in the palette. If you'd like, add a little eyeshadow to give an extra wow factor.



Step Three


Time to add a good eyeliner and a touch of mascara. Jane Iredale's Eye Pencil in Basic Black with Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara is the way to our heart! These two alone can create an eye that really turns heads. Just a little bit of eyeliner goes a long way, so when doing your five minute makeup, you only have to worry about the bottom lid. It will give your eyes an exotic yet natural boost.




Step Four

One of the most important parts of any makeup routine is a good setting spray. Pommisst Hydration Spray is the absolute best! Not only does it set your makeup to give it that lasting fresh look, but it's also antioxidant-rich to hydrate and protect skin while fighting the effects of sun exposure. This special hydration spray is a perfect 2-in-1 when it comes to setting and hydration. It's a must-have for long wear makeup!




Step Five


Finally, it's time to add that pop of color on your lips to really bring out the eyes and compliment your outfit. Jane Iredale has an extensive lip line, offering something for everyone! The line offers a wide array of colors in Lip Drink Tinted Lip Balm to hydrate and soften your lips, Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick for those who love a good classic lipstick, Hyaluronic Lip Gloss for moisture, Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain for a great 2-in-1, as well as various lip stains like the amazing Lip Fixation for the perfect long wear look without any transference. Picking the right lip color can bring your entire look together to give you that perfect finishing touch.



With this five step system, you'll be ready to go in five minutes flat. Whether it's adding a little makeup for your video call when working from home or going out for drinks with the girls, it's perfect for people on a schedule. This routine will show you that on a scale of one to ten, you can be an elleven! Check out our Makeup Gallery for some of our gorgeous looks!