Twiddling is a great technique for controlling naturally textured hair and for creating texture that explodes with volume. It controls curl and smoothes the cuticle, reducing frizz and adding shine, while pumping up volume. Joi Rooks, KMS® California Artistic Team Member and owner of fresche salon (Atlanta, GA) and Lori Panarello, KMS® California North American Artistic Team Member and owner of I.d salon (New York) say Twiddling takes time, but it’s worth it.
Twiddling is a technique that uses ceramic sticks in various sizes heated with a flat iron to create tight spring curls that last until the next shampoo. “This takes patience and time, and you have to work with small sections to achieve bouncy, springy curls, but it's totally worth it, especially for runway or photo shoots,” says Rooks. “It’s great for creating dramatic, exaggerated volume, the sticks come in three sizes so you can alternate them to build volume,” adds Panarello.
Rooks and Panarello start by applying KMS® California FREESHAPE® hot flex creme to hair and blow dry it smooth. They also advise to keep it smooth and flat at the base (about 2 inches off part). Then, they crimp hair under the crown section to start building pliable texture and volume, keeping it off the 2-inch flat section. Now it’s Twiddle time.
How To Twiddle
· Spray KMS® California HAIRPLAY® playable texture on a small section of hair (1/4 inch) and wrap it around and down a Twiddle stick, keeping the section compact.
· Apply heat with a flat iron for 3-4 seconds to each segment; rotating the stick back and forth so all the hair gets heated.
· Let cool.
· Slide stick out.
· Repeat around the head until finished.
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