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Head held high: how to do hair Khmer-style, step-by-step

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Cambodian girls like curls. Last year saw girls doing big hair with lots of volume created with the help of curling irons. Stylist: Leang Syna, Photos: Hong Menea, Model: Kol Soklita, Sapors,  Words: Soo Jin Kim

Step one

Curl your hair using a small barrel curling iron (.20-.25 inch in diametre), to create tight curls. Partition hair into four large sections. Tie the middle section of your lower half of the hair into a ponytail using a small silicone rubber band that is a similar color to your own hair.

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Step Two

Starting from the top most section of your head, section off little pieces of hair and squirt a little bit of hairspray on it, before combing it through- for even distribution use a fine tooth comb.

Twist the section around your finger, leaving the ends of the curls free. Secure the ringlet with a bobby pin.

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Step Three

Continue to create tight ringlets on the top middle part of your head, slowly trailing the ringlets down the middle of your head, leaving the sides free.

Once you reach the ponytail and cover the rubber band with ringlets, you’re done.

Total duration time: 40 minutes

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Step One

Curl your hair into wavy thick curls using a curling iron with a large .75 to 1 inch barrel.

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Step Two

Section the middle part of your hair and tie it into a ponytail using a silicone rubber band that matches your hair color.

Twist the ponytail into around your finger to create a small bun and secure it with bobby pins.Section strands of hair and wrap them around the bun before securing each section with a bobby pin. Leave a bit of the ringlet free, to show of the curls.Once you have half of your hair up in a bun, you can stop if you prefer to have a half up-do.

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Step Three

If you’d prefer to try out a full up-do, take a section of hair from the right side and cross it over to the left, then wrap it around the bun, leaving a ringlet free, and secure with a bobby pin.

Repeat the above step to create a zigzag pattern, which will make the bun look more natural. Remember to tease the ringlets to create more volume.

Total duration: 30 minutes for half-do, 40 minutes for full up-do.



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