How To Get Voluminous Elongated Curls

Voluminous Elongated Curls

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So i’ve been writing this post in my head for at least a month. Therefore we are naturally going to cover a plethora of topics. One of the biggest takeaways however, is that I want to share how I achieved these voluminous elongated curls. I tried this new method of curls for a Guerilla Photoshoot I was shooting for my sister and her fiancé. That is because I knew we would be snapping a few shots of me for the blog. Not only did I decide to spice things up with this new curling method but also by trying out a more bold/eclectic makeup look than I’m used to. So buckle up…here we go.

Guerilla Photoshoot

Voluminous Elongated Curls

Long Curls
Summer Eyeshadow

Depending on the level of experience you have with curling your hair, you may not know that there are many variations of curls you can achieve. It all depends on the type of curler, the method of curling, and the styling of the curls. In order to achieve my voluminous elongated curls I utilized two different curling irons, and two methods of curling. This may sound complicated but it truly isn’t. If you want, I can do a video tutorial for you which may be easier to understand. Let me know in the comments below if that’s something you’d like to see. [I’ve done a few curl tutorials already linked here and here]

The Curling Irons

Pink Hair
Voluminous Curls

Firstly, I used two different curling irons. I’ve owned and used both of these curling irons for YEARS and can confidently say they work well. The first iron I used is actually a curling wand. It is the Paul Mitchell Express Ion Unclipped 3 in 1 [i’ve linked it for you on amazon if you’re interested]. I used the attachment called 1″ rod. This curling iron is what I used in order to achieve VOLUME.

When you use a wand, you can either wrap your hair around the rod in a twisting motion, or in a ribbon motion. You will get a more natural looking, voluminous curl, that lasts all day, by wrapping in a twisting motion. I made sure to leave one to two inches out at the ends.

Curling Iron Number Two

Voluminous Curls
Grace and Lipstick

The second curling iron I used was the Paul Mitchell ProTools Express Gold Curl in 1.25″ [Also linked to Amazon if you want to purchase]. This is a more traditional curling iron with a clip. The reason I used this iron was to create a more relaxed elongated curl. Typically on casual days, I will use this iron and method the most because it truly shows off my length and gives a soft casual curl.

In order to achieve length and longevity, you have to start by applying the curler at the root of your section. Twist it the direction you are going, then with your hair still clamped, unwind the curl you just created. This is super hard to explain in text but I’m gonna do my best. After you unwind that first portion, you twist the curler again as you allow the curler to move down the section. Hopefully this makes sense! By doing this, you are stretching the curl to cool in a more narrow long fashion, than a fat springy fashion. Just like before, you leave out the last one to two inches to remain straight.

How I Achieved My Voluminous Elongated Curls

Pink Curly Hair
Voluminous Elongated Curls

So now that you know which curling irons and methods I used, I can now tell you how I styled them. I sectioned my hair into thirds to start; bottom, middle, and top. Then I took about one to one and a half inch sections for each curl. I alternated between the wand and the curling iron each section. I also, curled one in the direction of my face, and the next one away from my face. After finishing each row, I would spray a light coating of flexible hold hairspray and NOT TOUCH IT at all.

After finishing all three rows, making sure to let the curls cool off COMPLETELY, I took a wide tooth comb and brushed out all of the curls. It is imperative you do not touch your curls until they’ve cooled off completely. This is what will make them last all day. Lastly, I used a healthy amount of texturizing spray to give them separation and hold.

Colorful Summer Eyeshadow

Summer Eyeshadow
Voluminous Curls

The eyeshadow I chose to do for this look is very colorful and summery. However, it was very out of the box for what I am used to. It was truly a challenge and stretched my creativity even though it may look like a simple look. I think that it created a very pretty and colorful eyeshadow look however, I don’t know if it did any favors for my face haha.

When I was taking a few selfies before leaving for the shoot, I really liked how the makeup looked! However, after reviewing the photos from the actual shoot, I think the pink in the inner corner was too dark. It pulled my eyes closer together and sort of shadowed that area. Typically you want to highlight the inner corner and if I ever did this look again, I would make sure to use a WAY brighter look.

The Makeup Used

Summer Eyeshadow
Colorful Eyeshadow

The hardest part of doing this makeup look, was trying to utilize makeup I already owned to create colors similar to my inspiration photo. I used the Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Volume Two Palette mostly, with the exception of some loose pigments at the end. Not only was I mixing different variations of pink yellow and orange to create similar tones…but I was also brightening and darkening colors.

That is one of the smartest things about this palette. There is both a white and a black eyeshadow; which to be honest I’ll rarely use on their own. However, in this case, I used the white shadow mixed with the pink to create a brighter, lighter pink! I used the black to darken up the brown in order to create a less harsh but still smokey lower lash line.

This Eyeshadow Really Challenged Me

Colorful Eyeshadow

The reason this eyeshadow look really challenged and stretched my creativity is because I had to use a lot of color theory. Not only did I have to mix different variations of eyeshadow but even lipstick! In order to create a flattering version of pink that resembled the inspiration photo, I had to combine three to four different lip products. Color theory is NOT my strong suit but luckily my sister [who is the MASTER] was sitting nearby and could give me the assist.

One more thing I would do differently for this look, is to apply more bold fashion false lashes. I was wearing my favorite daily wear, at home lash extensions by Flutter Habit. These are my go-to and typically give me enough drama for daily life. However for a photoshoot, and for such a colorful bold eyeshadow, I definitely could have benefited from more bold lashes.

Guerilla Photoshoot

Guerilla Photoshoot
Guerilla Photoshoot

Now that I have given you all the details of my look for this photoshoot as the PHOTOGRAPHER [haha] I want to share with you a bit about the actual Guerilla Photoshoot. My sister’s fiancé is a classic car aficionado. He purchases a car, updates it in a discreet way, careful not to disturb the history and original parts, and sometimes bags them to create a modern touch. Before he sells them, they like to do a photoshoot with my sister as the model.

Guerilla Photoshoot
Guerilla Photoshoot

This photoshoot in particular was incredibly impromptu. Not only was it very casually planned, but it was also done during a pandemic where we had to be social distanced. So we decided to do it guerilla style where we roll up, hop out, snap photos, and leave. The location was an empty street [thanks to social distancing] right outside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Not only was my sister the pin up model, but she styled her own hair, did her own makeup, styled her own wardrobe, and changed ‘surfer style’ on the side of the rode. It was a sight to see for sure! Even though I am an amateur photographer, I barely know how to use my DSLR, I’m so happy with how these photos came out! Definitely more in part to the amazing car and the mega skills of my sister and her fiancé.

Should I Make a YouTube Video?

Grace and Lipstick

Overall it was a super fun adventure. Not only did we get to leave the house for the first time in a month, but we got to play dress up and both got some fun photos to commemorate the experience. I hope you enjoyed hearing all the details of my first guerilla photoshoot. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below! And stay tuned for a youtube video soon [hopefully] where I can more thoroughly show you how I achieved these voluminous elongated curls.

xoxo Aly

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4 Comments

  1. Love your blog! Your hair looks so good! Would love to see a hair tutorial on it! And the photos came out amazing! You are such a truly talented woman!

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