Not all curls are created equal. In fact, there’s a very specific technique to every type of curly look you can conquer, with a myriad of tools to help you achieve this.
One of these tools, the gold standard, is the curling iron. Fit with an evenly distributed barrel and a clasp, this tool can create a different look depending on how you wrap your hair, where you wrap your hair, and even what product you have in your hair.
So exactly what should you be doing to achieve a specific style?
We’ve compiled a foolproof guide on how to curl your hair with a curling iron that guarantees success (in our experience anyway).
Before you begin the process of curling your hair we need to lay down the groundwork. If you only apply hair spray once you're done curling your hair, you’ll run a risk of your hair falling flat.
Consider using a light-to-firm hairspray while prepping your hair, especially if your hair is resistant to curl. This will protect your hair while adding shine to your gorgeous locks.
You may be tempted to crank up the heat setting on your curling iron has high as it will go.
That should help it hold better right? While it's true that higher temperatures can set your hair faster, but it can also damage your hair.
If your hair is processed or damaged, it’s recommended that you keep the heat a little lower. For healthy hair, you feel free to turn up a bit higher. No matter what your hair type, it's important to apply a heat protectant to prevent any long-lasting damage.
Finally, remember to blow dry your hair all the way before you start to curl. Starting with a blow wave can take time but it’ll ensure salon-quality results.
Quick Tip: If you’ve got naturally straight hair you can get started straight away. With naturally wavy or curly hair, consider running a straighter through it first.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, you'll find some pro tips for curling your hair with a curling iron.
YouTube Vlogger and Hairstylist, Kayley Melissa, takes us through a tutorial for the double wrap to create loose, wavy curls. She refers to this as the soft wave at the 1.25-minute mark. To create this look she uses a 1” inch curling iron.
For a wide curl with lots of volume, we go to Andrew Carruther, the Education Artistic Director at Sam Villa. This tutorial can be seen at the 5-minute mark. To achieve this look, he starts with a 1” inch curling iron.
This look can vary depending on the section of hair. A smaller section will create a tighter curl pattern, while larger sections will help you create looser curls.
If you’re looking for wedding curls, a wave for an updo or braids you can't miss the twist technique. Beauty influencer and celebrity stylist, Justine Marjan, takes us through her routine. She suggests starting by using a spray and brushing it through with a wet brush so that the hair spray is evenly distributed through her hair.
And sometimes we just want to be a mermaid.
To get gorgeous mermaid curls, YouTuber Britnee Alexis uses a 9mm curling iron.
Once you have completed your entire hair, your curls should be tight. Loosely, finger your curls out as you style your hair to create a more natural look. If you are looking for volume and texture, scrunch instead of fingering.
And you thought there's just one way to curl hair with a curling iron, eh? I did too!
So which one of the above is your fave go-to way of using a curling iron? If it wasn't any of those mentioned above, leave a comment below and let us know! 🙂