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How to: Glamorous Curls Using a Cloud Nine Micro Wand

Fri, 25 January 2013 6:07PM

All kinds of glamorous curls have been sashaying down the red carpets and runways of late. For instance, this shot of Emily Blunt at the Critics’ Choice Awards

It has all inspired me to get a little more creative with my styling. Especially as I was lucky enough to get an advance preview of the new Cloud Nine Micro Wand, $260, 1300 437 436.

First thoughts: It’s super-easy to use, thanks to the swivel cord – a saviour when you’re trying to get the hang of curling inwards, outwards, or in an anti-clockwise direction – and doesn’t create frizzy curls thanks to the black ceramic barrel, which works to create shine in your hair.

However, I still needed a few expert tips when it came to creating amazing curls.

So I enlisted the help of Cloud Nine ambassador and celebrity hairstylist Renya Xydis, and headed in to her Sydney-based salon, Valonz, for a step-by-step how-to on creating vintage-inspired curls…

Step 1:

Begin with freshly washed or ‘second-day’ hair, and add some dry shampoo to your roots to create texture. “This is what gives it movement and a little grit, enabling you to create that bendy curl,” says Renya.

Step 2:

Use a comb to create a deep side part on your preferred side, then roughly separate hair into two halves, bringing each forward, in front of your shoulders. “The reason you want to direct the hair forward is because you don’t want it to be curled at the back,” explains Renya. “You want it to sit around the front and frame your face and enhance your cheekbones.”

FYI: The genius thing about this technique is that you only need to work in a minimal number of sections, which makes for a rather quick style to create.

Step 3:

Start on the side opposite to where your hair is parted, and hold the wand in your left hand on a horizontal angle and, save for a two-inch section of hair at the fringe, place the Micro Wand underneath that half of hair. Using your right hand, wrap all of your hair around it in an anti-clockwise direction. “Ensure that all of the hair is curled,” advises Renya. “Otherwise you’ll get a kinked-out wave, rather than a soft curl.” Hold it in place for 10-15 seconds. Release the hair from your right hand and pull the wand out of the curl.

You should get a glamorous, curled-under finish. Add a spritz of hairspray, like Sebastian Professional Form Re-Shaper, $9.50, 1300 728 333.

Step 4:

Then, comb the other half of hair around to the front. Hold the wand in your right hand, and angle the nose of the wand towards the floor. With your left hand, wrap your hair over and around the wand in a clockwise direction. Hold in place for 10-15 seconds. Grab your comb and run it through the curl. You can either leave it flowing free, or tuck the hair behind your ear.

Step 5:

Go back to the original side, and pick up the small section of hair at the front and repeat Step Three.

Then, pick up your comb and run it through the curl and move it over to the side and pin it in place with a bobby pin or embellished clip. Spray again with hairspray to keep the curl in place.

Here’s the finished product:

And a snap with Renya:

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  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Fri, 25 January 2013 06:47pm

    Wow I absolutely love renyas hair.
    Ive picked up a few tips here that I can use with my straightener. Thanks so much for all the wonderful advice. I wish I could afford the cloud nine wand. It gives such great results.
    And hayley your hair style looks so wonderful. The loose curls really suit you :)

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Fri, 25 January 2013 08:22pm

    That hair do really does suit you Hayley, thanks for the step by step instructions!

  • Posted by: LouAna Master Fan // Sat, 26 January 2013 11:17am

    Hayley! your hair is so gorgeous, love this style on you! I have a VS Wave Magic and it’s used the same way, heat proof glove and all!!!

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Sun, 27 January 2013 11:19am

    Looked awesome on you Hayley- would have never thought to curl under like that and in such a big section – must try- thank you :)

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 08:57am

    Hayley that looks lovely on you! (dare I say even better than Emily)

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 12:06pm

    I looooove your hair! That style suits your length so so perfectly! Renya has some awesome hair too :)

  • Posted by: lolo Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 12:11pm

    oooooh wow! I love both yours and Renya’s hair colours, amazing!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 29 January 2013 05:47pm

    Hayley your hair looks just gorgeous! Thanks for the step by step pics! Going to try this style out!

  • Posted by: aeko91 Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 09:19am

    Amazing outcome! Love it I want a curling iron!!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Wed, 30 January 2013 11:13am

    I would have to say Hayley, you actually look better than Emily!

  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Thu, 31 January 2013 01:05pm

    Such a cute and dare I say it, easy(?) style! I need to get a clipless curling wand. :)

  • Posted by: melany Devotee // Fri, 1 February 2013 12:34pm

    Love the curls! Renya’s hair looks amazing.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Mon, 11 February 2013 02:03pm

    adriennne I agree, I think it looks better on Hayley!

  • Posted by: Snezana-1319445104 Enthusiast // Fri, 15 March 2013 05:51pm

    Great tutorial!

  • Posted by: jo77 Master Fan // Mon, 8 April 2013 06:01pm

    Hayley you so have the face and hair to be a mobsters gal -gorgeous!

  • Posted by: brookieliz Devotee // Thu, 28 November 2013 06:47pm

    Love it!

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