There are many women who are unhappy with their hair. Women who have curly hair want straight hair, so they use a flat iron to achieve the desired look.
There are women with perfectly straight hair who wish they had curly hair, so they take the necessary steps to achieve their desired look. There are some women who want curly hair permanently will go see a hairdresser and get a perm. There are other women who don’t want to make such a permanent change, therefore, they use a curling iron or a curling wand to achieve the desired look.
If you are one of these women with straight hair and you want curly hair but you don’t know how to curl your hair, below are a list of tips to create even, flowing curls.
Curling Your Hair With a Curling Iron
Years ago, women had to use rollers to curl their hair. This meant putting the rollers in when their hair was wet and then sleeping on them. Unfortunately, this was very uncomfortable.
Today, women can use a curling iron. This allows you to curl your hair right away and you won’t need to wait all night. Before you start curling your hair with a curling iron, there are a few things that you should know to achieve the right type of curl and to protect your hair.
Choosing the Right Barrel Size
The first thing that you want to if you are going to curl your hair is to choose a curling iron or wand with the right barrel size. The size of the barrel will determine the type of curls that you get.
**Beach waves and loose curls: If you want loose, beachy curly, you want to choose a curling iron with a barrel that is either one or two inches in diameter. The larger barrel will create larger, looser curls.
**Tight curls and ringlets: If you want smaller tighter curls all over your head or if you want ringlets to shape the frame of your face, you should go with a curling iron that is between .75 to one-inch in diameter.
The Curling Wand
More and more women today are using a curling wand to achieve their desired look. Curling irons and curling wands work the same way. They use heat to curl your hair. The only difference is a curling wand doesn’t have a clamp the holds the hair to the barrel.
You would wrap your hair around the barrel and hold it there yourself. Many women who are new to the curling wand tend to burn their fingers often because they don’t have experience with this styling tool. Most curling wands come with a heatproof glove. When you first start using the curling wand, you should use your glove. Once you get the hang of it and you have used it a few times, the glove will no longer be necessary.
When it comes to choosing the right size wand for your curls, you would follow the same guidelines that you would with a traditional curling iron.
Choosing The Right Heat Setting
After you have chosen the right curling iron for your desired curls, you aren’t ready to start curling your hair yet. You need to determine what heat setting you are going to use. Many people ignore the heat setting and they just turn their curling iron all the way up. This is a mistake. The type of hair that you have would depend on the temperature setting that you will use.
**Fine hair, fragile hair, or colored hair: If your hair is fine, fragile, or color treated, you should keep the heat setting on your curling iron below 200 degrees. This will keep you from damaging or burning your hair. If this happens, you can experience breakage.
**Thick, coarse, or curly hair: If you have healthy hair that is already curly, coarse or thick, you will need to turn the heat up on your curling iron. You can achieve your desired result between 200 and 300 degrees. You should never turn your curling iron up over 400 degrees. This can damage even the healthiest hair.
How To Curl Fine Hair
It can be more difficult to curl fine hair than thick hair because the curl will not hold as easily. Before you start curling, you should wash and condition your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. When your hair is still damp, you should add a thermal heat protectant from roots to ends.
This will prevent any damage that can occur while you are curling your hair. Next, apply a strong hold mousse on your roots. When you blow dry your hair, do so upside down to create more volume before you curl. The more lift and volume you have in your hair, the better your curls will look.
How To Curl Thick Hair
If you have thick hair, you would need to prepare differently than if you have fine hair. Before you curl, check to see if your hair is oily. If it isn’t, you don’t need to wash your hair. All you need is a dry shampoo. This will lift your roots a bit and it will help your curls stay.
If you want to hydrate your hair and give it a nice shine, you should apply a lightweight serum before you start curling. Finally, apply a strong hold mousse all over your entire head. This will define your curls better and it will keep your hair from getting frizzy.
How To Create Beautiful, Bouncy Curls
After you have chosen a curling iron, heated it up, and properly prepared your hair, it is time to start curling. To ensure that you will have beautiful, bouncy curls, you should follow the tips listed below.
#1 Start by dividing your hair into sections. You can divide it into four sections and secure them with a clip. As you go along, you can take small pieces from each section until that entire section has been curled. Start by the nape of your neck and grab a one-inch section and comb it thoroughly.
#2 With a light-hold hairspray, mist the ends of your hair to create a nice lift. If you are working with a curling iron with a clamp, clamp the hair at the very end and roll your hair completely up the barrel. If you are working with a curling wand, wrap the section of your hair around the barrel, starting with the roots.
#3 Hold your hair on the iron for 10 to 20 seconds. If you have fine hair, you should hold the curling on your hair for closer to 10 seconds than 20. If you have thick hair, you might need to leave the curling iron on your hair for a bit longer. To prevent damage to your hair, you shouldn’t hold the curling iron on your hair for more than 20 seconds. Continue doing this with all sections of your hair until your whole head is curled.
#4 When your whole head is curled, comb the curls gently with your fingers while misting your whole head with hairspray. If you find that your curls are starting to relax as the day goes on, you should take a few minutes out of your day to spray your curls. This will keep them in place throughout the day.
If you are still unsure about how to curl your hair properly or if you are the type of person who learns better by watching someone else first, you should watch this video. It will tell you the right way to curl your hair so that you get the best results every time. This video does not get into preparing your hair, therefore, you should do that before you start watching. This video will just show you the proper technique when you are curling your hair.
If you are going to be using a curling wand rather than a curling iron, this video will show the the proper technique to get your curls just right.
Just because you weren’t born with beautiful, bouncy curls, it doesn’t mean that you cannot have curly hair if you want to. Depending on the length of your hair, you can have beautiful curly hair in under 30 minutes.
In order to keep your hair from drying out and breaking, you should follow the tips listed above regarding the temperature of the curling iron and the necessary steps to take to prepare your hair for curling.