Wednesday 1 January 2014

Party Hair- Enrapture Encode totem styler

Happy New Year everybody! 2013 has been and gone in a flash, I remember bringing in the millennium like it was yesterday, and I can't believe it was actually 14 years ago! Of course, I had to bring in the new year, and this year, in the absence of parties my friends and I decided to go out in our local city, Liverpool.

I love making an extra effort for new year, and when I have the time, I probably enjoy getting ready to go out almost as much as the night itself. In this post, I'll show you how to create this style using pin curls.

Take sections of hair around 1-2cm wide and curl using either a curling tong or a good pair of straighteners. I use the Enrapture Encode totem styler and it is THE best curling tong I have ever tried! The wand itself is split in to three sections, which you can separately adjust the heat for, creating a custom curl. As my hair is naturally curly and takes in heat well I use 1-1-1 on a daily basis but for this look I used 1-1-2, which creates a tighter curl at the bottom. Just play around with the styler to find the settings that are perfect for you. Make sure each curl is facing the same direction on each side of your head, curling away from your face.

Section your hair as you would if you were using straighteners. Mine usually takes around four layers but it could be more or less depending on how much hair you have.

For the tricky bit! After creating each curl, take hold of the bottom and twist the hair back up, following the shape of the curl. Once you reach the base, take a hair grip (I use kirby grips/bobby pins) and pin the curl to your head, ensuring that the whole curl is in the pin before letting go, or you could create a mess! You should end up with your hair looking something like this:

Once you get to the top layer, the amount of hair you use for each curl and the parting really do depend on what style you're aiming for. I often pin my hair up on each side so I use one curl for each section I pin back but you could create a severe parting for a 1920's style or use a middle part for a more modern look. Try to avoid creating a part when curling the back of the top section for a more polished look. Once you're done, add a spritz of hairspray.

The hard bit's done! Now all you have to do is wait for the curls to cool down completely. Do your party make up, paint your nails and have a solo dance party! I usually leave my pin curls in for a few hours, until around 30 minutes before I leave the house. If you're in a rush, around 30 minutes to an hour will be fine, but the curls may not stay in for as long.

Remove all of the pins from your hair. You'll be left with something a little like this: 

Brush through your curls gently using  a natural bristle brush. I use the Denman grooming brush. Use your hands and the brush to gently twist the curls and bring them together until you're happy with the style. Finish with an abundance of hairspray. Et voila! You're done! Go out and have fun.


This photo was taken after midnight, around 6 hours after I had let the curls out. I had no brush with me to touch it up but the majority of the curls were still perfectly in place.

I love pin curls as once you've done the hard bit you can forget all about your hair and know it won't fall out before you're ready to leave. So what do you say? Give it a go and let us know how easy this complicated looking style actually is!

Happy New Year, and have a wonderful 2014.

Kate x

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