Curling Iron Techniques: How to Use a Curling Iron for Thick Hair
Here are some tips that will help you style your thick tresses easily:
1. Start with clean hair.
Unlike when you’re straightening your hair where it’s best if the hair is a bit oily, you’ll want your locks to be clean and fresh when curling. This is because curling can expose more parts of your locks, making a few days old hair quite obvious. Starting with a clean head can also let you enjoy your curls for days, as washing can easily revert your styled locks into its original shape.
2. Separate hair into sections.
Separate your hair into two or three sections and start with the bottom part. This will make styling a lot easier and faster because you won’t get the urge to curl your hair by the chunk. You’d think that will make your styling time a lot shorter, but in reality, that will take up more time because the curls may not be able to set if you do them in thick batches.
3. Clamp forward.
Hold your curling iron with the clamp facing forward for easier maneuvering. This makes spinning the iron in your hair a lot easier.
4. Curl hair in small batches.
Grab about 2 inches of hair for every batch to ensure that your locks will get an even amount of heat during the styling process and you can get smooth, even curls.
5. Use medium heat.
For thick hair, you can start at mid-level heat (around 200-300F) and work your way up. Thick hair can take high heat, but you should still be careful in applying too much on your locks as it can be very damaging.
6. Start in the middle.
Clasp your hair in the middle instead of starting at the ends. The ends of your locks are the most fragile, so with long hair, it can be exposed to the heat for too long if you happen to start rolling from the very ends. By starting midway, you can be sure to be more caring to your locks and even get a more natural looking result.
7. Let your curled locks cool then spray a holding product if necessary.
Using a curling iron like a pro, especially for those with thick hair, takes a lot of practice. Luckily, there are now lots of tutorials and information available online on how you can improve your skills and get the most out of your chosen curling iron. The key, really, is in choosing the best product that will help you curl and style your long, thick tresses effectively, so make sure to make a careful decision before you purchase one.
Once you’ve bought your curling iron, you can follow the above tips to help you curl your hair like a pro. It may take a while before you can master this skill, but once you have, your hair will never look boring ever again!