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Easy Techniques to Curl Asian Hair

Thick, lustrous Asian hair can be resistant to curling. Here are a few easy steps to follow to create long-lasting curl with volume and bounce.


A lot of Asian women have long, thick hair that can be resistant to curling. Here are a few easy techniques to curl Asian hair for thick, bouncy waves and curls.

Easy Techniques to Curl Asian Hair

1. Spray a thickening hair spray all over the hair to add staying power to your curl and help create lift at the root of your hair. I recommend using this all-in-one hair spray and a medium-sized–barrel curling iron with a clamp. Using this technique also shields your hair from the heat of the curling iron.

2. Separate hair into small sections, and begin curling hair in a backward motion. The key is to work in small sections, allowing for more heat to be distributed throughout the hair. Tease hair at the roots where extra volume may be needed, such as at the crown and sides.

Easy Techniques to Curl Asian Hair

3. Finish curling all your hair, and brush out your hair slightly with your fingers to loosen any tighter curls. The finished look should be long, free-flowing curls that cascade softly along your shoulders.

4. Use pomade to polish away any flyaways. Coat your style with a fine mist holding spray, and your 'do should last for hours.

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Maritza Buelvas

Maritza Buelvas is a sought-after master stylist weaving in a sense of whimsy and fashion into her work. Aside from styling, Maritza is focused on providing unique hair instruction, web design and written editorials on her website, Maritza and her work have been featured in Style Me Pretty, The Chicago Tribune, NBC, Wedding Chicks, WGN, and Lifetime Television. Aside from catering to brides and special events, Maritza launched the first — and only — fashion and beauty based breakfast editorial, She enjoys interviewing tastemakers, covering trends in romantic travel, and writing about savory finds. She also proudly served as an Editorial Assistant for Giuliana Rancic’s Fab Fit Fun. Maritza resides in Chicago with her husband and two young sons.

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