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Alison Sweeney is known for rocking loose, natural curls, courtesy of her hairstylist, Matthew Holeman. Holeman -- owner of the Matthew Ray Salon in Burbank, California -- has styled Sweeney's most-loved hair-dos, particularly the gorgeous dos she's been known to sport on "The Biggest Loser" and at red carpet events. Holeman swears by starting with a great blow-out, which provides lift at the root to keep those loose waves perky.
Apply a heat protector and a root lifter to freshly-washed hair. Holeman uses KMS' Root & Body Lift on Sweeney's locks because it adds body to her fine hair.
Give yourself a great blow-out. Section off the crown, the sides and the back, and secure each section with clips. Using a round brush, blow-dry the section at the crown by concentrating on the roots first, then slowly work down to the ends. Repeat with the remaining sections.
Heat a 1-inch curling rod. Curling rods don't have clamps; instead, you manually wrap hair around them from roots to ends. When using the curling rod, grab a section of hair that's roughly the width of two to three fingers and wrap it around the rod. Each curl must be wrapped around the rod twice -- from right to left, then from left to right.
Shake the curls loose and finish by using a medium-hold hairspray over the entire head. You can separate curls with your fingers, but if you want Sweeney's defined, soft curls, don't brush them out.
For additional lift, spray medium-hold hairspray on each section during your blow-out. Back-combing at the root also adds extra lift.
Wrapping smaller sections will give you tighter curls, while wrapping larger sections will result in looser curls.
Bathrooms tend to be humid, particularly after a shower; if you can, don't blow-dry your hair or style it in a steamy bathroom. The humidity makes lift and curls fall flat.