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How to Curl Hair like Selena Gomez

Learn how to get Selena Gomez hair by curling it in this Howcast video, the first of a two-part hair tutorial with hairstylist Jacqueline Bush.


My name is Jacqueline Bush and I am an editorial and celebrity hair stylist. My clientele has included Faith Hill, Mark Ruffalo, Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow, James Bukowski. I want to be able to show you hair isn't as intimidating or as hard as you think it is and I want you to be able to have fun with it and do what your vision is with your hair.

I'm going to show you how to get hair like Selena Gomez. Now, the difference between someone like her and Kim Kardashian is Selena likes her hair smooth, but I would say a little bit of a more traditional curl pattern than Kim Kardashian or Miley Cyrus. So, she already has a little bit of a curl. We're going to use that to work with us to get Selena Gomez hair. Now, one thing that is important is to get a lot of volume. So, when I put the iron through her hair I'm going to hold these pieces to give it a little extra lift as we do our set on her. Now, another thing that you should notice is that I'm going to use two different size irons. Because what's important is that when you use different size irons you get different sizes of curl, and that's difference between something looking effortless and something looking like you tried really hard. And Selena's hair, while it does look very glamorous and very traditionally beautiful it still has a certain feel of being undone and as if she didn't try too, too hard. So, that's achieved by using two different size irons.

So, I'm going to start the larger iron because I do like a little bit of smoothness, like Selena does. I'm going to go ahead and start in the back section. Monica already has a little bit of heat protector on her hair. So, I'm not going to put anything more in it, but if you want to you can put a little heat protector. You can even spray each section with hairspray. Because Monica's hair is fine I'm not going to do that.

So, I'm taking my first section which is right at the crown. It's about an inch. I'm going to take this piece, soak it, start at the base, roll up. Now, as I'm holding this curl, I'm very gently. In a very tiny motion, opening and closing that iron. The reason I'm doing that, while still rotating it, is that you won't get a crimp in the hair. So, now we have our first curl. So, to make it stay, you can put them in a little clip. I like to use these little clips. They give enough hold, and they don't dent the hair. And we're going to do the same thing, here and here. Just take a little inch section. If you want to spray your hair with hair spray do it right now. For this piece I'm just going to use the smaller iron, just to mix it up a little bit. Opening and closing that iron, and feeling that hair on top of the iron to make sure it's hot. And I just keep it in there until it's actually hot. And there it goes. As you notice, see how the curls start to fall. I was holding that as much as possible because the hair is still really hot. So right now, because of the heat, it's very important to keep it in the shape you want it. Because as the hair cools it's going to stay in whatever shape you put it in.

The next section I'm going to do is just a little bit out an angle, just a little bit more to my left of her part. I'm going to take my larger iron and I'm just going to run that through. The reason why I didn't worry about curling those too much is because remember how I told you every curl is not done perfectly together. So, we're going to go all the way through the head, using two different sizes of irons, and also two different sizes of sections, or maybe even 3 sizes of sections, some small, some larger, some extra small. And we're going to keep curling from the base upwards. Now, the one other thing I want to tell you is as we go through the rest of the hair we're going to work in different directions. For example, we're going to take this section of hair, soaking the hair through the iron, curl it towards her face. It's pretty hot so I just wanted to protect her face and stick the pin in.

And for the next one, I'm going to use my smaller iron and I'm going away from her face. So this one went toward her face and this one went away. So, I'm taking my smaller iron, soaking it through, start at the bottom. The reason I didn't put that end in is because it already has a bend in it, there we go, slipping the iron out, holding this curl. Then on this guy here, this section I'm going to curl it down. So this went toward her face, this one went away from her face, this one went down. And we're going to do that throughout the entire head, all different directions. It doesn't have to be super uniform, organized. Just kind of however you feel. This one, I want to be careful of her ear. Just being careful. Okay, so we're going to do this around the entire head.

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