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How to Curl Hair with a Curling Iron

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I’ve often found that straightening my hair is kind of like flipping a coin — there’s a 50/50 chance I’ll end up frustratedly throwing my hair back into a bun to hide the results at the end of it.

The fact that I have long hair is making it even worst because straightening my hair always takes me at least 1 to 2 hours of work. So I decided to try a curling iron, and guess what?! I love it!

A curling iron can be used to create tight, formal curls, big, bold waves, thin spirals, or thick tube curls. From big to small you can have whatever curls you want depending on the curling iron.

Now it takes up to 30 minutes to style my hair, and it looks really great!

To curl hair with a curling iron, check out the next video where I show the method that I use to curl my hair.

 

 

Steps to curl your hair with a curling iron:

  1. Grab one strand of hair to curl.For tighter curls, grab smaller sections.
  2. Squeeze the curling iron open and place it near the bottom of a section of hair. It may help to loosely clamp the hair higher up and then slide it down. Angling the iron slightly will make your hair easier to curl and prevent the curls from sticking too far out from the side of your head.
  3. Clamp the curling iron shut and twist it so that the hair spirals around it. To create a better look, curl your hair away from your face not towards.
  4. Hold the hair inside the iron for approximately 10 seconds. For girls with thick hair, set the heat settings to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Loosen your hair and repeat on the next section.
  6. You can add a hairspray lightly, to give your curls hold. Do not over-spray, as this will make your hair crispy and/or weigh it down.

What styling tools to use?

Decent styling tools – and a hairspray – can make all the difference when it comes to taming curly hair or transforming straight locks.

Whether you’re after tight curls or loose waves there are plenty of great options out there, with prices ranging from a tenner to £400 depending on the spec you are after.

Here is a list of the best 5 hairsprays and the best 5 hair curlers that will do the work:

Best 5 hairsprays

1. L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Strong Hold Hairspray

2. Bumble and bumble

3. Tresemme Compressed Micro Mist Smooth Hold Level 2 Hair Spray

4. R+Co OUTER SPACE Flexible Hairspray

5. Kérastase Laque Couture Medium Hold Hair Spray

Best 5 hair curlers

1. Dyson Airwrap

2. T3 Whirl Trio Convertible Styling Wand

3. GHD Soft Curl Tong

4. Hershesons Tourmaline Professional Waving Tool

5. BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Spring Curling Iron

*** In this video I use Babyliss Boucles Medium BA-C425ILE (which is rare to find), similar version is the BaByliss Titanium Brilliance Wave Wand

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Extremely Useful Curling Iron Tips Everyone Should Know

  • Make sure to start with completely clean and dry hair. Wet hair won’t curlat all and damp hair won’t curl as well. Even if you have one of those magical wet-to-dry hair straighteners, it’s best if you have dry hair. Dirty hair also won’t hold its shape very well, so make sure you’ve washed it in the past 24 hours.
  • For tighter curls, a small-barreled iron is your best bet. For looser waves, try a large-barreled iron.
  • Short hair? Use a small-barreled iron facing downward.
  • Curl your hair in the direction away from your face on either side for a more natural, voluminous look.
  • For fine, thin, or color-treated hair, set the heat below 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and between 200-300 degrees for coarse, thick hair.
  • To curl bangs, wrap the hair away from your face and pull the curl out toward the back of your head.

Enjoy your curls!

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