Achieving perfectly bouncy curls that rival those of Victoria’s Secret Angels isn’t as simple as wrapping your hair around a hot barrel, unfortunately. From fumbling with a curling wand to clumsily calming down your hair with a curling iron, it’s all about discovering what styling method — or hair hack — works best for you. The next time you want flawless waves in a flash (and in time for Valentine’s Day, just sayin’), keep this smart trick in mind and get ready to let you hair down.

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STEP 1: HIGH-TAIL IT, GIRL

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First, place all of your hair into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Next, spray Biosilk Finishing Spray Firm Hold ($15) to protect your hair from the heat and help form your curls.

STEP 2: CURL ALL YOUR HAIR

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With the ponytail still in place, begin curling one-inch sections of your hair with your favorite curling tool — a wand, rotating iron or big/small barrel will work. Make sure all of your hair is curled as close to the elastic as possible.

STEP 3: SET THE STAGE

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Now, let your curls cool off a bit while you put on your makeup and finish getting ready — keep ’em in that pony! You can scrunch them a bit at the end for added hold.

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Add in some easy volume by placing a hairspray bottle at the root of your pony and flipping your hair over it so it gets some lift.

STEP 4: LET LOOSE + SHAKE IT OFF

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Now, cut off your elastic band — yes, cut it off — so you don’t have to worry about creating snags when you’d otherwise slide if out of your hair the traditional way.

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Shake out your hair and fling it backward like the goddess you are. BAM! Valentine’s-Day-ready waves with built-in volume in just minutes.

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To really amp this look up, try parting your hair to one side for extra volume and setting your style with a spritz of hairspray. Your catwalk is waiting!

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Tag us on Instagram @britandco with your favorite curly hairstyles!

Hair: Maritza Buelvas of Beauty for Bloggers

Photography: Jennifer Coffey of Jennifer Coffey Photo

Model: Jacolyn Carrasco

Location: Beauty for Bloggers Studio

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