How I Get My Tighter Curls. AKA: My Attempt to Look Like Meg Ryan.

WARNING: You are about to view an onslaught of nostril photos and there is nothing I can do to prepare you besides this warning that I just typed out. It is like Carlsbad Caverns on my face, you guys. Proceed with caution.

How I Get My Tight Curls. / Bev Cooks

Okay, and just a reminder: I’m not a millennial style blogger so awkward selfies with lint on my tank are what ya get! You’re welcome.

This is the bottom line. I decided a few months ago that curly hair needs to come back. Because, I have pretty thick hair (you can’t exactly tell in photos, but if you’re my hair stylist THEN YOU KNOW how obnoxious it is to tame), and I needed a new life direction for it. Something that would let it run wild like a horse and soar like an eagle. Be the hair it was meant to be.

Insert, the skinny curling iron from the ’80s.

How I Get My Tight Curls. / Bev Cooks

This is what I use. 1/2-inch curling iron. If you have an old-school skinny conair from junior high, rad! You’re set, dude.

How I Get My Tight Curls. / Bev Cooks

So this is what I do. Divide your hair into halves. Basically just pull the top half of your hair into a bun. We’ll start underneath. I divide the bottom half into two equal parts, and then starting from the very back . . . hold on, it’s the next photo.

How I Get My Tight Curls. / Bev Cooks

Starting from the very back you’ll just curl little sections of your hair. And this is the trick, rotate the direction of the curls. Go away from your face, then towards, then away, then towards. I think I get four or five curls out of each bottom half.

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This is what those curls will look like! And just let them be for now. Let ’em cool. You’ll get ALL the curling done first, then we’ll hurricane it in a bit. And go all the way to the ends! With the beach waves we don’t, but with these tighter curls I like to get all the hair curled so it’s not a strange blunt look at the end. It’ll relax and get wispy on its own. But for now, curl those mothers.

Nostrils not included.

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Then, just beebop to the other side and get those pups in.

Don’t tell anyone I called them pups.

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Alrighty, bottom half is done! Now go to the top and divide it in half, tying up one side and making a weird face into your camera, letting the world know that progress is being made.

That step is important. The face part.

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You’ll do the same thing on top as you did below. Away from the face, towards it, away, towards.

Wait, towards to toward?

Also, and I don’t know to describe this part without sounding certifiably loony, but instead of curling your hair that way you’ve been doing it, try it like . . . a different way, where you hand holds the iron differently and you WRAP the hair around the barrel, creating a more spiraly look. Rather than a curl. If you’ve got little layers all around your head like me, that’s where it gets a little more personality. At least you believe this in your heart.

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Yeah this is a scalp photo. Deal.

So what I did WAS – once all the curls were in, GO BACK UP TOP and get that iron back at the roots for a little tighter curl here and there. You want to make sure the curls start right off the bat! Like I said they’ll relax on their own, but the tighter we start, the more fun we have in this life.

How I Get My Tight Curls. / Bev Cooks

And check the back for weird holes and straight parts. I had to go back and tighten up a few spots.

How I Get My Tight Curls. / Bev Cooks

And then . . . we unleash the feral dogs upon humanity. And by that I mean you’ll flip your head upside down, shake it and get your fingers all in those curls!

Go BIG. Get wild!

“YOU’RE WIIIIIIILD.” Baby gets it.

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SPEAKING OF, HELLO. We are so Dirty Dancing right now. WHERE MY WATERMELON AT.

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Play with it. Scrunch it out, spritz it up, finger through the curls to get lots of texture and tones running around. This style is SO fun to wear, and I swear you’ll get comments for days.

And sure, it takes a while. But listen to this – you do it once, sleep on it, and it’s a totally different look the next day! Not as tight, so you can add some curl back in where needed, but it will be way more relaxed and loose. Boomidy boom.

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How I Get My Tight Curls. / Bev Cooks

If you find yourself like, “Why do I need this hair?” Well, this.^^ Duh. ^^Yep. ^^ In. ^^ Bye. ^^

And yes I included young Linsdey Buckingham because those curls clearly need their own Facebook page.

The end.

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27 Responses to How I Get My Tighter Curls. AKA: My Attempt to Look Like Meg Ryan.

  1. Kate May 14, 2019 at 9:26 am #
    I must admit I love this on you Bev!
  2. Robin Wilson May 14, 2019 at 9:38 am #
    What products do you use before and after?
    • Bev Weidner May 14, 2019 at 11:26 am #
      So as far products go - before it's dry I put a little kerastase serum in it, and maybe a little Kristin Ess texture spray. Then after, I throw a few squirts of hair spray in (Kenra 25), and a few finger tips of Aaron's dude paste in it. Ha! Hope this helps.
  3. Bianca May 14, 2019 at 10:47 am #
    Yessss love this! It's so cute and different from allllll the beach waves all over the place... although I love a good beach wave. Is your hair layered or mainly all one length?
    • Bev Weidner May 14, 2019 at 11:21 am #
      Thank you! Yep yep, I've got layers all over, so it flips and flops this way and that. Which, with curls I thinks works beautifully!
  4. Nancy May 14, 2019 at 11:26 am #
    I, too, love this look on you! And I must say you look WAY better than Meg Ryan is looking these days and look at poor Jennifer Grey in that photo you posted! She looks like she's on her death bed! You've got 'em both beat in the looks dept! BTW, I thought that was Cat Stevens in your curly hair photos!
    • Bev Weidner May 14, 2019 at 11:27 am #
      Ha! Jennifer Grey was dancing - that was the scene when they were practicing for the big dance. She was all sweaty and pissed at Johnny. Remember? My favorite. :)
  5. Amanda May 14, 2019 at 12:06 pm #
    Oh yes I love this!! Clearly I “need” a new curling iron! It looks so good! Thank you!
  6. diane May 14, 2019 at 12:28 pm #
    Bev, Your hair is darling this way! Do you put it in a high pony at night to save the curls or just leave it down?
    • Bev Weidner May 14, 2019 at 1:17 pm #
      I just leave it down! And then next day I might add a few more under curls and ones that have gone limp on top. Hate that I just said "limp on top." (thank you!)
  7. Sarah May 14, 2019 at 3:10 pm #
    Totally have an old Conair from the 90s. It’s not quite from the 80s but it’ll do! Mine used to have heated on gunk from hair spray back in the day! Yikes!
  8. Anne Parker May 14, 2019 at 3:46 pm #
    I LOVE curls on you Bev! I have naturally curly hair that I have straightened for years and years! I recently decided to just go with the curls and I am LOVING it! Have fun!
  9. Andrea May 14, 2019 at 4:33 pm #
    You are gorgeous, love the new look! I could never pull it off but it looks AMAZING on you. ????
  10. Kelly May 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm #
    I wish I had this tutorial in the 80s!!! I would have never permed my hair! I love this so much! I may need to try this over the summer!!!!
  11. Annie May 14, 2019 at 9:32 pm #
    I have been waiting for this and I can not wait to try it!! It looks so good on you. Thanks for sharing!
  12. Jane May 15, 2019 at 12:25 am #
    Beautiful, Bev! You and your curls! Thanks for the technique and as always, your fantastic sense of humor. I have very curly hair and I constantly fight it (I know, sounds crazy), but it frizzes out once the curls separate while sleeping or even in the wind. Do you do anything different at night to keep it all intact? Jane
  13. Michelle May 15, 2019 at 7:47 am #
    Not bragging because it honestly is the biggest pain to deal with and not like non-curlies imagine, but, my naturally *very* curly hair laughs at a curling iron.
  14. Valerie May 15, 2019 at 8:08 pm #
  15. Jamie May 17, 2019 at 11:29 am #
    Curly-girl hack - get thee a satin pillowcase and your curls will last longer. I swear it. = )
  16. Jenna May 21, 2019 at 2:32 pm #
    Omg I’m so in the mood to watch when Harry met sally now! I wish my hair got that body!
    • Sam R January 26, 2021 at 11:38 am #
      Meg Ryan has the best hairstyles!! Once I went into my neighborhood Subway and the manager guy asked me if I was Meg Ryan. I almost said yes, but couldn't lie with a straight face because the rest of the staff who'd been working in the back all came out to see the "celebrity". After that everyone there called me Meg everytime just for fun! I ate a lot of Subway sandwiches after that. lol I appreciated the compliment as I was 50 at the time. Proof that good hairstyles and Meg Ryan never get old!! (or it was just a really good marketing scheme???)
  17. Emily May 22, 2019 at 7:01 pm #
    This is my first time on your blog and I loved it! You have a great sense of humor and the tutorial is great. I’ve just gone back to my big barrel curling iron from curling with a flat iron (oxymoron?) and now I will try the little one. Thanks for the push, and you look fantastic! Credit to @howsweeteats for sending me here.
  18. May 28, 2019 at 2:02 am #
    Thank you very much for these great cake recipes, I have learned a lot from your web blog
  19. Lizabeth July 27, 2020 at 3:54 pm #
    Great curly hair! I just decided to let my natural curls rule instead of fighting them...for so many decades! I appreciated hearing what products, thank you. Could you tell me what that pretty shade of coral/peach lipstick you’re wearing? That’s a color I’ve been trying to find for myself. A Have a great day!
  20. Sam R January 26, 2021 at 11:31 am #
    Love the hair and the cheeky talk!! I have never given up my '80's curls for very long. Still love em. I can manipulate the curls very well using Redkin's Curvaceous conditioner. You can use it as a rinse out or a leave in. I leave it in. Not too much though. Then I use a diffuser to dry and also scrunch a big wad of hair while it's still warm and hold it until it cools. I leave my hair just slightly damp so as not to dry it out too much. The whole gig leaves a messy, curly look that never gets tired and is a little different each time. I can get it more curly or more of a wave in the exact same way with just adjusting heat, the amount of scrunching, etc. Thanks for the fun read and good tips!


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