When you’ve picked your curling wand, it’s important to read the instructions carefully because each brand is unique. However, there are general principles that you can follow. Here are some curling wand tips for thick hair:
1. Start with dry hair, but make sure it’s prepped properly.
Never ever apply direct heat to wet hair, because that will literally fry your hair. Before using your curling wand, make sure your hair is completely dry.
Having said that, it’s also best if you add a layer (or two!) or protection to go in between your hair cuticle and the damaging heat of the curling wand. With thick hair especially, you’re working with really high temperatures, and if your hair is not protected, you run the risk of damaging it then and there. A heat protectant serum or spray will be enough, and your hair will thank you for it.
Aside from protecting your hair, you should also protect yourself by wearing the heat-resistant glove.
2. Separate your hair into sections.
Thick hair can be overwhelming, and the best way to deal with it is to work one smaller section at a time. Separate your hair into as many sections as you can, because the curls will be more defined if you do so. To secure the top sections of your hair, you can use duck bill clips.
3. Working one section at a time, twist your hair into the curling wand.
It’s better if you work from back to front, leaving the top sections for last. This is so that the other sections of your hair don’t interfere with the ones that are already styled.
To start with, make sure that one of your hands is holding the wand and the other is doing the wrapping. The wand should be positioned about 1-2 inches from the base of each hair section. You should then wrap your hair down the barrel until you reach the end.
In wrapping your hair around the barrels, you can be as creative and as experimental as you want. Just remember the general rule, that the thicker the barrel, the looser the curls are. If you want tight ringlets, then you should be working with the barrels that are thin in diameter. Working with a tapered barrel will allow you to have different textures all at once.
4. Let go.
With thick hair, you should pick the maximum heat setting so that the curls are set as soon as possible. The idea is to keep the heat contact minimal, and this is where the technology of the curling wand comes in.
When you’re done wrapping, the hand holding the hair should simply let go, and the wand will automatically slide out. Work on the other sections until you finish.
5. Show off those curls!
Once all the sections are done, you can use a little bit of spray to hold the curls in place. While doing this, you can use your fingers to comb through your hair. Don’t overdo it, though.