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Monday, June 9, 2014

Manic Monday: Curling Wand Tutorial

I really don't know why I'm even bothering with an outfit today, I feel like you all are going to skip to the end anyway! But you know I can't NOT post what I'm wearing :) Plus I figure I still need to entertain those of you who have already mastered the curling wand, or just have no interest in it one way or the other! Regardless of why you are still reading this - thank you, and happy Manic Monday!






Sunnies: Gucci | Earrings: One Little Belt | Necklace: Express (option) | Top: DVF (option, option)  | Bracelet: Gifted | Bag: Chanel (option, budget option) | Bottoms: American Eagle (option) | Sandals: Sam Edelman

I love my skinnies, all 2389723 pairs of them, but nothing says summer to me like a pair of super soft, wide leg chinos, a flowy top, and flat sandals. This is totally a resort outfit, and everything about it makes me happy. American Eagle has always been my go to for chino pants, which is ridiculously random, but I'm telling you, they fit me, and the comfort is unbeatable. If you ever see a pair, I urge you to try them! 


Ok, ok, now for the real stuff. I haven't even had this curling wand for one full month yet, but I've been getting numerous requests on my blog and Facebook and Instagram to do a hair tutorial. I was trying to hold out as long as possible, because I honestly feel a bit silly doing one. My sister in law, for example, is a pro at this. She has the best hair, and it's her hair that convinced me that I needed a wand of my own. I bought her this wand for Christmas this past year, and she's been happy with it, so after Jamaica, I ordered one for myself.

The video is almost 13 minutes long, and if you're not in a place where you can indulge in it right at this very moment, I will summarize my top "learnings" for you now.

1. Hold the wand upside down. It took me a couple tries to figure this out. I am right handed, and with a traditional curling iron, I hold it in my right hand. However, with the curling wand, I found it easier to hold in my left hand and then use my right hand to wrap my hair around the barrel.

2. I start by splitting my hair in two big sections on either side of my face, and then 3 sections on each side - bottom, middle, top. I curl each section of hair the same direction - away from my face.

3. My hair is long and heavy, so it tends to flatten up top. After I'm done curling my hair, I tease the crown of my head for a little lift and more of a rounded shape to the style.


(Thanks, YouTube for such a flattering thumbnail)

And lastly, you know that I did my own searches on YouTube when I was trying to learn. The one video that I found the most helpful was this one here. This video here is a good option if you need to use the glove. Hope you find some good info in any or all of this! Good luck, and please come back and share your success stories with me!! (Or horror stories... but hopefully they're more successful then horrific!)


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    1. Thanks so much, Rachelle! And if I ever see those Valentinos somewhere, I shall let you know!!

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  2. Love the hair! And I will have to try those AE pants next time!

    Jen
    witsicle - a life & style blog

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    1. They're really great! they only have the basic colors, but I snatch up every color as I see them! Their chino shorts are the best as well!

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  3. Ah, your too cute! Thanks for sharing this video! You have gorgeous hair. I have a curling wand that I use once in a blue moon. I need more practice at it though. I do however totally put my hair in my mouth too as I'm going through sections haha.. nothing out of the ordinary there!

    Love today's outfit btw! Love those white chinos!

    xo, Erica
    Casually Styled

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    1. Well yay for great minds! I found out my future sister in law puts her hair in her mouth, too!
      And I would love to see your hair extra curling! Bet it's gorgeous!

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  4. I'm impressed that you did a tutorial! I'm also glad you have an outfit for people like me who will never in a million years have hair like yours, tutorial or not. :) I agree, something about wide-leg pants says resort vacation, and I love it. Also love that gorgeous DVF tank so I'll have to peek at your similar options!
    Gina -- On the Daily Express

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    1. I taught myself how to edit my own videos which kind of excites me and makes me less intimidated to do something for my closet room/ shoes! It was time consuming though, two hours to edit and then my video cut me off so I had to re-shoot a part that it missed and get redressed and such! But surprisingly you can't really tell! Ha! Success!

      And thanks! It was hard to find a dupe for this tank! Oh the toils of remixing your own closet.

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  5. Wow congratulations on the tutorial Carylee....you nailed it! And this outfit is totally right up my alley!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. Thanks! And you're right - there's def a Rebecca vibe about this!

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  6. Wow!! Your hair indeed looks fabulous!! Love the curls! I for the life of me cannot curl, even though I would love to curl it, every single damn day! :(. I usually end up being able to do one side, and then the other side, I just keep burning myself!!! So clumsy!

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  7. You look so Fab!!! Love the outfit and your hair is so gorgeous!!
    xo, Lee

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    1. Thanks, Lee. Always appreciate your comments, girl!

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  8. Great video! I was noticing that your hair was looking very lusciously curled lately. Now I know why. Btw, you're looking very chic in your flowy black and white outfit.

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    1. Lusciously curled! I love that!
      Thank you!!

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  9. Your hair looks gorgeous! I love it. You're making me missing my long hair =) Thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait to watch it when I get home.

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    1. My friend has hair about your length, and it still looks cute with the wand!

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  10. Love the curling wand! It is fun to mix it up in something other than skinnies. As always, you look beautiful.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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    1. That's very sweet girl, thank you! The feeling is mutual with you!!

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  11. Cute! Your hair looks good curled.

    Stephanie
    http://www.vainandsimple.com/

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  12. You have gorgeous hair! My daughter always wants me to curl her hair with the wand but I was always guessing on the best way to use it. Great tutorial!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I really hope it was helpful!

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    1. Thank you so much! Wish the top was still available or at least a super good dupe!

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  14. Great Hair Tutorial! I love those curls and your hair is so pretty I love it! Plus your outfit is just too darling! It's great you posted it, I love seeing what you wear everyday! It's always a fun time! :) Happy Monday!

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    1. Thanks!
      I would still love to see how you do your hair also! No pressure! I realized how time consuming it is doing this video! Geez!
      And thank you so much! Your comments are always so very sweet!

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    1. Thanks! It was a great sale find at Saks Off 5th!

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  16. Love your hair, Carylee! I needed this tutorial so bad, having no luck curling my hair :/ I also need that Chanel bag!!!! Thanks for hosting!
    xo,
    Monica
    GlamVolution.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope it helps you! And I also hope a Chanel falls in your lap! :)

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  17. I also use a curling wand and it took me a little bit of time to get used to it as well. And it gets so hot that the first time I used it, I scalded my neck TSK TSK. Your hair looks lovely and great tip on teasing the back portion. I need to do that too!

    Lovely top and you do look "summery"! Thank you for hosting!

    - Karen
    www.MrsLookingGood.com

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    1. Yes, I've burned myself more times than someone should. Luckily just on my finger tips and knock on wood, nothing terrible. It definitely takes practice! Thanks for the note!

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  18. I love your outfit! That top is so pretty!

    Thanks for the curling wand tutorial. Your hair looks amazing!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

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  19. too cute! i'm in the office so i'll have to wait when i get home to watch your tutorial! :) thanks for sharing!

    Rhea, Et Cetera - Nautical Summer Fashion for the Office

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  20. Hair looks great and so does you OOTD. LOVE the top and bag. Happy Monday and thanks for linking up...xo!

    ~Whitney
    www.whitneynicjames.com

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  21. Your hair always looks great! I wish I had talent to do mine. I always burn myself when I try a wand, but the glove that comes with them are cumbersome. Oh the struggle LOL!

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    1. Haha - yes, exactly! I found that I am way better without the glove than with it! Even if that does mean a little burn here and there! Its definitely gotten easier over the last few uses though!

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  22. I've always wanted to use a curling wand! Thank you for such a helpful tutorial!

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    1. Thanks - I really hope you find it useful!

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  23. I wish my hair would hold a curl, after 30 minutes and this Florida humidity, any wave/curl is long gone :(
    Yours look so pretty, totally jealous

    Natalia

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    1. Humidity sucked in San Antonio so i definitely don't envy you!
      Thank you for the nice note!!

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  24. Aww Carylee you have such a great voice, I was really pleased listening to you why you do your hair :-)
    I have no clue how to use curling iron or wands, never works out for me hahaha
    Love love that top the pattern is kinda going wavy with your hair :-9

    ani
    www.fleurani.blogspot.de

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    1. Isn't it funny to hear someone after you've already conjured up how you *think* they should sound? :)
      Glad you liked it - and we should all just have personal hair stylist in our bathrooms every morning, right?!

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  25. LOL your voice is so cute! :) I have to straighten my hair if I want to curl it, and after that it does NOT hold at all! Any ideas for that?

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

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    1. Hmmm. Have you tried Not Your Mothers sea salt spray! It texturizes my hair and I feel like it helps hold my style together like glue. I wonder if that would help?

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  26. Great outfit and hair tutorial! Your hair looks always flawless.<3
    http://www.weshopinheels.com

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  27. Yay! Thanks so much for doing the video! I got a wand a few months ago and have only tried it a couple times--the hair slides down the wand like crazy and won't stay put on it, so I'm thinking my wand is crap. ;) (I got a very cheap one.) But hopefully I'll get to try it again sometime now that I've seen how you do it! :)

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    1. It can be tricky to keep the hair on for sure! I think if you hold the wand horizontal or at an angle until you have your hair wrapped around one or two times as tight as you can before rotating it fully to face downward, it helps keep it from slipping off. I hope it works the next time around for you!

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  28. Those pants are perfect but I love the whole outfit. I have total hair jealousy too. My hair will never get that long or ever be that thick. Lucky!

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  29. Your hair is gorgeous! Post kids I lost so much hair, so am totally envious of your gorgeous thick locks - you look lovely! Thanks for hosting x

    Mama-andmore.com

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  30. Beautiful outfit and your hair is fabulous!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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  31. I love your hair!! My sister has a curling wand, and I was dying to try it, but I cut my hair over the weekend, and I think it's too short now. Looks great on you though!

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    1. I do love the way shoulder length hair looks curled on a curling wand too! I was surprised that a friend of mine with short hair was also using the 1" wand. So don't completely rule it out!
      And thank you so much!

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  32. Thank you for the tutorial!
    I tried curling my hair using a curling wand but it does not come out the same way yours does, so I end up using the regular curling iron.
    I hope the next time I try, it will come out pretty like yours.
    Thanks again!

    & by the way, thank you also for hosting the link up. :)

    - Trina
    Couleur de la Carte - The Castaway

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    1. Well, I hope you come back and report how it works out! It takes practice, but the results are worth it to me! Good luck!

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  33. I love flowy white trousers in the summer as they are perfect for either a casual or work day! Hopped over from Whitney's Style Linkup, Happy Hump Day Wednesday!

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  34. Oh love the curls! My wand is more skinny and gives tighter curls so Ive been thinking about getting a bigger barrel one. You look gorgeous :)

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    1. Thanks so much! You're one of the people that certainly influenced my decision to get one! It's great!

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  35. Found your video so helpful - and your tip about only curling the ends of the lower layers to make your hair look longer is genius!

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    1. I know - when I learned that from another video, it made so much sense! I'm still trying to grow my hair longer though… :) Glad it was helpful!!

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  36. Thank you so much for giving us this tutorial and the very nice, detailed video (you were a natural btw). I know I was one of the people who constantly asked. Thanks again, like I also said in my E-Mail. Also love that cute, girly curtain in your bathroom and your beautiful, huge collection of nail polish. LOL (Things a style blogger notices!!)

    I agree about wide-legged chinos or linen pants with a flowy cami/tank and sandals are perfect easy Summer wear, especially with gorgeous curls like yours. =)

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    1. Funny that you said that about my polish collection! I definitely have a "small" collection compared to some of my nail buff friends out there! But thank you! It''s nice having them all in one place and easy to look at when I'm trying to choose a color!
      Glad you enjoyed the video!

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