How to Curl Short Layered Hair with a Curling Iron
Once you know what curling iron to buy, you should learn how you can maximize it to style your hair properly. A small barrel curling iron will be great to use for short hair, but unlike longer hair where you have much leeway and you have a lot of length to work with, you don’t really get to work with that much when your hair is shorter. The rules of curling are practically the same, but here are a few tips that you need to consider when working with short hair:
• Prep your hair properly
Just because you have short hair doesn’t mean you can skip the prep. Your hair should be clean and dry but you should also add a small amount of styling gel or wax. Preparing your hair is half of the battle, and you need the right styling products to ensure that the curls will last. You will also benefit from a tiny spritz of heat protectant spray because you don’t want to damage your hair. You have to remember that even if you have short hair, you will still be subjecting it to intense heat and a protection spray will do the trick in preventing heat damage.
• Section it.
Separating your hair into sections is a cardinal rule for curling, and this rule remains even if your hair is short and you think you don’t need it. Remember that with short hair, you want to add some volume and you can do this better if you curl your hair in sections. If you have hair that’s separated into sections, you’ll get really defined curls and you can do more with your curling iron. This also gives you a more polished look and your curls will really be as beautiful and as romantic as you want it to be.
However, you may also choose not to separate your hair into sections if what you’re going for is a more natural look. Separating your hair makes your curls look more polished, and not all people like that effect. You can even alternate the direction of the curls so that they won’t look uniform. Some you can create by moving the curling iron away from your face, and some by moving towards it.
• Curl smaller sections at a time.
You need to use the curling iron by rolling the curl in a direction that’s going away from your face because this is safer and more efficient than rolling towards it. Remember the rule that if you use wider sections, you get bigger curls and if you use smaller sections, you get tighter curls. For short hair, you’ll likely benefit more from tighter curls, but having bigger curls is also more appropriate for certain occasions. A section that’s 1 to 2 inches would be best for shorter hair.
• Pay attention to the ends.
When you’re curling shorter hair, you should understand that curling it will shorten the length of your hair even more. This is, of course, okay if you’re going for an even shorter look. However, if you don’t want it too short and you’re planning to add even just a little length to it, you can curl the rest of your hair normally but try and leave the ends straight. This means that as you use the curling iron, you can stop at around half an inch from the tips so that your hair will have a more natural finish.
• Finish with a bang.
Having the ringlet look is more common for shorter hair because you tend to use a smaller barrel size of the curling iron. If you’re not too keen on this ringlet look and you want to avoid it, all you have to do is use your fingers to pull the curls apart but remember to be absolutely gentle. You don’t want to ruin your curls altogether, you just want to loosen them a bit. But don’t touch your hair until the curls are set, because you want your curls to last for as long as possible.
Aside from avoiding the ringlet look, you can also tease your roots in order to add even more volume. Just grab the crown area with your hands and backcomb the roots to add much-needed volume. The last spritz of hairspray will also keep your curls in place and make you ready to face the day.
Here’s a good video tutorial from Behind The Blush: