Retro Glam (Hair Routine)

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what I use to curl my hair lately, so I wanted to create a post about my full glam-hair routine.  For starters, I’d like to note that I was not blessed with naturally beautiful locks.  My hair is thin, frizzy and wavy and looks like the before picture in shampoo ads when air dried.  Even when I blow it out (which I am not the best at) it can look like I was electrocuted if I don’t take a straightening or curling iron to it after.  It still amazes me that I can spend hours perfecting my winged eyeliner and blending my eye-shadow out until my arm hurts, but when blowing out my hair, I get bored after 15 minutes, turn my head upside down and shake it around until dry.  Talk about a beautiful sight.  If any of this sounds familiar to you, or you’d just like to get some more tips on how to end up with curls like this then keep reading…..

To begin, I start with my HOLY GRAIL dry shampoo, Batiste on unwashed hair that has not been previously straightened.  Seriously, this stuff is unbelievable and there isn’t a scent that I don’t like (although, I’d advise you stay away from the tinted ones because the color gets everywhere, including your clothes, and can be a pain to get out).  I wash my hair once a week (or else my hair gets too dry/brittle) and it has helped my hair grow so much faster and has improved the overall health of my hair dramatically.  I depend on dry shampoo when the scalp gets too greasy and to give my thin, flat hair more volume.  I’ve tried every dry shampoo out there and this is by far the BEST!


After a quick generous spray of this stuff throughout the top of my head, I brush my hair out (make sure the white residue isn’t visible any longer) and clip the top half of my hair up.  With the bottom half exposed, I use my favorite heat protection spray, TRESemme Thermal Creations, and brush through to ensure that every piece is covered.  I then part my hair in half so I can work on either side in 1-2 inch sections. After I curl the bottom half of my hair, I repeat this same step with the top half before curling.  Gotta keep that hair protected from damaging heat!


Now comes the fun part.  I own at least 5 curling irons/wands in every shape & size possible.  I tend to gravitate toward ones that are too thin or too fat leaving me with Shirley Temple curls or none at all.  Through this unsuccessful journey of hair flops, I finally found the perfect wand that creates those amazing Old-Hollywood Retro Glam curls (that last)!!!  Here, my friends , is the winner and my best friend of hair tools, the NuMe Professional Tourmaline Infused Hair Styling Curling Wand (what a mouthful).  This is a direct link to one I found (on Amazon, which is life) for much cheaper than I’ve seen in stores or on other online retailers.  I’m almost positive this comes with a glove for protection as well, but I have to be honest, I didn’t love it as my hands were still getting burned through them.  My personal favorite glove that I use is the HeyBeauty Heat Resistant Glove.  It has skid-proof beads on BOTH sides (does not get caught in your hair) which add an extra layer of protection that I haven’t seen in other gloves.


As I curl each piece I lightly spray it with L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray (I use the Extra Strong Hold with the UV Filter for color treated hair,  but they all work well). This is a very important step because when all hair has been curled, I flip my head upside-down, shake my hair out and flip it back over.  (Usually, the hair looks VERY full and the curls are tight after this step, and if you are happy with the results, you can stop here).  When I’m going for the retro-glam look, however, I will run through the curls lightly with a round-brush (the Elnett hairspray is perfect because it is not sticky and “disappears at the stroke of a brush”).  This loosens the curls a bit, while keeping the hair smooth.  I then complete the look with the GOAT (greatest of ALL time) dry texturizing spray by ORIBE.  If you have thin, lifeless hair, you NEED this.  I am obsessed with this stuff and it smells like heaven! A little goes a long way so use sparingly.

STEP 4 & 5

Voila! You are now a glamorous goddess with great hair. Leave any questions below or contact me directly for help!




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6 Replies to “Retro Glam (Hair Routine)”

  1. I haven’t been able to curl my hair properly since I cut it short, and this post just made me realize it’s because of the width of my curler. Will definitely be purchasing this one! Thank you 💋

    1. theglamarissguide says: Reply

      You’re welcome!! You will love it! <3

  2. Vanessa Christiane says: Reply

    Great review above, and I totally get the glove issue, someone bought me a gift of ‘retread’ type gloves to use with anything hot /that heats – real crappy! Heat goes right through all of them – seriously ein!

    1. theglamarissguide says: Reply

      I feel you girl! I’ve burned my hands one too many times in the past. I love this one that I discovered though! Not a single burn since I got it and I wrap my hands around the curling wand over my hair and leave them there for a few seconds. So worth it! 🙂

  3. You had me at thin! My hair is terribly thin but more on the lifeless straight side so looks aweful with nothing done to it so I spend an hour (or more) blending my makeup to perfection and 5 minutes (if that) putting my hair in a messy bun 😩 Will definitely try this out. One question though do you spray the hair spray (I love that brand by the way) before you curl or while it is wrapped around the curler?
    Thanks for the great post
    Michelle xx
    IG: @shellie_belle_

    1. theglamarissguide says: Reply

      Ugh I hear you at the thin hair problems! When I do this specific look, I do not spray my hair until the very end. When I want the curls to be a little tighter, I will spray my hair immediately after I unwrap it from the curling iron! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed this one! <3

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