How to Create a Polished Look with Textured Hair

If you’re looking to transform your textured hair into a stunning, polished look, follow these step-by-step instructions from Covet & Mane Educator Ian Sannicolas for a style that’s perfect for any evening event or cocktails with friends.

Step 1: Prepare the Hair

  • Before you begin, make sure your hair is clean and dry. Applying heat to dirty or damp hair can cause damage.
  • Divide your hair into manageable sections. This will help ensure even styling and a polished finish.


Step 2: Curl and Cool

  • Heat up your curling iron to the desired temperature. Remember, the right amount of heat is essential for manipulating the hair’s shape effectively.
  • Take small sections of hair and curl them using the curling iron. Hold each curl for a few seconds to set the shape.
  • After curling each section, allow the curls to cool. This is a crucial step to ensure the curls hold throughout the day. Giving your hair enough time to cool down is key.


Step 3: Create Even Rows

  • Since we’re working with rows of hair, it’s important to ensure that your sections are neat, even, and clean. This will contribute to the overall polished look.
  • Take your time to divide the hair into rows, making sure they are consistent in size and placement.

Step 4: Section Below the Bottom Row

  • Begin the styling process by sectioning the hair right below the bottom row. This will provide you with a clean base to work with for the polished half-up look.

Step 5: Smooth and Polish

  • Using a brush or comb, carefully brush out the hair in the sectioned area. Aim for a smooth and polished appearance, getting rid of any tangles or knots.
  • Take a moment to appreciate the smooth and polished effect you’re creating. Although you’re not quite finished yet, you can already see the transformation taking place.


Step 6: Repeat on the Other Side

  • Now that you’ve successfully smoothed and polished one side, it’s time to work on the other side. Follow the same steps to achieve the desired smoothness and polish.


Step 7: Finalize the Look

  • Take a step back and admire your work. You’ve achieved a super simple, blown-out, brushed-out, and polished look.
  • This style is ideal for various occasions, especially evening events or cocktails with friends. Its smooth and polished finish exudes elegance and sophistication.


Remember, the key to achieving this polished look is a combination of proper curling techniques, allowing the curls to cool, and meticulous sectioning for even rows. With these steps, you’ll be able to confidently rock a stunning and refined hairstyle that’s sure to turn heads wherever you go.

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