For women whose hair is not curly naturally, they will most likely go for a curling iron so as to make an attempt to remedy this and make their hair have a similar playful texture. Curling irons are without a doubt the best devices to reach for when one requires turning their straight hair into curly hair instantly while also adding small details to the hair that makes it look natural and perfect. But at times they can be quite difficult to master especially for new users. Below we will be looking at how to curl your hair with a curling iron effectively ensuring the correct results are achieved.
- Choosing The Correct Sized Curling Iron
All curling irons are not equal and come in various shapes and sizes depending on the user requirements and manufacturers design. It is important to know what you are looking for in a curling iron, if you want to keep your hair healthy and achieve the desired look. The barrel size that will be chosen should be entirely based on the look that is to be achieved. For example, if loose curls that appear like beach waves is desired, then a curling iron that is 1-2 inches in diameter should be bought. If smaller or tighter ringlets are required than a curling iron that is 0.75 – 1 inch in diameter should be bought instead.
- Choosing The Correct Temperature For Your Hair
The type of hair one has will determine what heat setting to put in place. A curling iron that has variable heat settings is also required so during purchase, it is important to look out for this feature. If the hair type is a fragile, fine or treated with color, a low heat setting that is below 200 degrees should be used so as to avoid damaging or burning the hair. If the hair is coarse, thick or already curly to begin with, then a higher temperature ranging from 200-300 degrees can be used. Never go beyond 400 degrees. During the hair curling process, pay attention to how the hair responds to the heat and adjust temperature accordingly.
- Prepare The Materials That Are Going To Be Used With The Curling Iron
Curling irons normally comes with different types of materials. Knowing the purpose of each material can help one to achieve better curls. Ceramic and tourmaline curling irons are the safest and the ones that professionals usually get because they are healthy for the hair. The ceramic irons spread heat through the hair in an even manner while the tourmaline focuses negative ions which close the cuticle down while locking in moisture. Gold and titanium curling irons are good conductors of heat but lack protection against frizz. Chrome curling irons are the most generic and are available at most drug stores at a very cheap price but are not recommended to use as they can snag fragile hair, have no protection against frizz and do not hat up evenly.
- Properly Prepare Hair For Heat Styling
After attaining a curling iron which suits your requirements, the next procedure is to prepare the hair for the heat it is about to receive. If your hair is naturally oily and limp, begin by conditioning and washing with voluminous products. Next, spray the damp hair from its roots to the ends with a thermal heat protect-ant so as to prevent damage. Next apply strong hold mousse on the mid-shaft to ends or on the roots so as to achieve a softer, looser look. Then finally, blow the hair in an upside down position while using your hands until the hair becomes fully dry.
- Preparing Thick or Coarse Hair For Heat Styling
If your hair does not seem to be oily, ensure you wash it first before curling. Then apply a dry shampoo to the roots so as to give it more staying power and an extra lift. Next apply a heat protect-ant that will help to guard against damage. Finally, apply a strong hold mousse to the entire head which helps to fight off frizz and gives a better curl definition.
- Getting Bouncy Curls
Begin by clipping and dividing your hair into sections that can be managed bearing in mind that the more hair you have and the thicker it is, the more sections will need to be created. First work from the nape of the neck up while grabbing a one inch section and combing through it. Pick up the end sections and mist them with a light-hold hairspray so as to create lift. If the curling iron you are using is a spring barrel iron which normally contains a clamp, clamp hair at the ends then roll it upwards until it is covered around the barrel. If the curling iron you are using does not have a clamp, wrap the hair section around the barrel starting from the roots. Hold the hair on the curling iron for about 10-20 seconds then continue working in sections until the entire head is properly curled. End by gently combing the curls using fingers and applying hairspray mist on the whole head. However, if your hair has a difficult time maintaining a curl, when you release the section from the iron, roll it back up on your fingers securing it with duckbill clips. You can place a small piece of tissue paper between the clip and hair so as to prevent the occurrence of weird clip marks around the hairline. Leave the clips on the hair until the whole head is finished and the hair is completely cool.
- Getting Loose Flowing Waves
Begin by clipping and sectioning dry hair which will give hair a softer look. Grab a section of the hair that is 2 inches and comb through it. Lift the section up from the ends and mist it with light-hold hairspray so as to create lift then wrap the hair around the barrel of the curling iron in a spiral manner while pointing the iron down. The hair should sit on the iron for about 10-20 seconds during which the ends should be held tightly around the barrel. Finally release the hair and mist the sections lightly with hairspray continuing with this process until the whole head is curled.
- Things To Avoid When Curling Hair
The most important thing to try avoid when curling the hair with a curling iron is doing it when the hair is slightly wet or damp. This will single out the strands making it impossible to achieve good curls.