How I Got Carrie Bradshaw Curls in GIFS

C-c-c-curly.

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Like most young twentysomethings, I've idolized Carrie Bradshaw since my first brush with Sex and the City (I'd secretly watch it through the crack of the door to my parents' bedroom every Sunday night). I was enamored with everything about her — her style, her friends, her wit, her apartment, but most of all, her blonde, curly hair. At the time, I had a tangly, golden mane of my own — I resented it since birth having grown up with sisters and friends who had effortless, pin-straight hair. But Bradshaw brought me solace. Perhaps, I too, was The Way We Were's Katie with a mess of complicated c-c-c-curls.

Since then, both Bradsaw and I have undergone major hair transformations (opens in new tab) (and many a Keratin treatment) and essentially left our kinkiest tresses behind. Recently, however, I've been longing to go back to my wild, childhood coiffure. I have yet to master a curling iron, I visited hairstylist Halli Bivona at the John Barrett Salon (opens in new tab) armed with two things: a video clip of Season 2 Bradshaw and my 3rd grade school photo, seeking an easy technique for getting those big, unbridled curls.

Step 1: On dry hair, make a large section from hairline to behind your ear and pin the rest of your hair back.

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Step 2: Take small sections and curl hair around the barrel of a 1 inch curling iron from root to mid-shaft.

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Step 3: As you're loosening the curl from the barrel, continue to twist the hair.

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(Image credit: Kathryn Wirsing)

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Step 4:While curls cool, spray a wet texture hair spray, like John Barrett's hold hairspray (opens in new tab), liberally all over.

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Step 5: Once curls have cooled, tilt your head back and rake fingers through curls and shake them up. Don't be afraid to fluff the curls, with this look the messier it is the better!

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Step 6: C-c-c-curls!

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Lauren Valenti
Lauren Valenti

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.