Even if you already have the curling wand that’s perfect for styling long hair, you still need to know how to use it. A lot of people have curling wands but don’t know how to use them properly, and this is why even if you had the best styling tool, this doesn’t automatically mean you’ll have the wavy hair you want. It all boils down to the execution and how you use the styling tool itself.
How to use a curling wand for long thick hair is a question that shouldn’t be so hard to answer. These are some really basic tips that you should follow:
1. Protection, protection, protection.
Using a wand to curl your hair still needs heat, and anytime heat is involved you have to make sure you’re protected. Your hair would do well with heat protectant styling product because this will reduce the heat damage that your hair will otherwise be subjected to. Depending on the quality of your hair, you can use either a cream, a gel, or a spray protectant. The strength of the protective product should depend on the hair type. If you have thick hair, you will need mousse or gel that has an extra hold.
Aside from protecting your hair, you should also protect yourself. Don’t forget the basic rule of gloving up. If you wear a glove that will protect you from the heat, you will prevent yourself from being burned accidentally. Some curling wands are harder to use especially if you have long and thick hair, and that’s why a glove will really be useful.
2. Divide your hair into sections.
Before you even start the curling, you should divide your hair into smaller sections especially if it’s long and thick. You can’t curl it properly if you’re curling everything all at once, and this is why smaller sections are better. You can even use clips to hold them in place.
3. Know what kind of curls you want, and use the wand accordingly.
There are wands that are tapered, and what this gives you is the flexibility to style your hair in different ways. For tighter curls, you would want to use the smaller end of the wand. But if you want big and loose waves, you should wrap your hair at the bigger end of the wand. If you want to experiment, you can try combining both styles.
4. Get the temperature and size right.
Your curling wand will have different temperature settings, and these settings are there for a reason. If you have long and thick hair, you can’t keep the temperature at a minimum because this won’t do anything to style your hair. Usually, long and thick hair will need temperatures of 400°F to 450°F.
The barrel size also matters because it will determine the size of your curls. If you have thick and long hair, you should be able to wrap it entirely in the barrel so you wouldn’t really benefit much if your barrel is too small. When you choose your curling wand, therefore, you should really take the size into consideration.
5. Don’t overdo it.
Most curling wands can become very hot, and this is damaging to the hair if you put it there for too long. Curling wands also tend to hold the curls for a longer time, so if you overdo it you’ll end up with really long-lasting curls. If you want looser waves, just brush your hand through your hair after you release it from the curling wand.
Another rule you should remember is that you should only keep your hair in the curling wand for 10 seconds at most. The general rule is that you can only keep it for about 4-8 seconds, and this is why it’s best to divide your hair into smaller sections so you could move on to another section as soon as you’re done with one.
6. Take care of your curling wand.
If you use your curling wand regularly, you should also make sure you take care of it so that it will last you a long time. If you’re not yet used to your curling wand, make sure you read the instructions so as not to use it the wrong way. Some curling wands also come with a safety stand, and you should make use of this to prevent accidents. You will not believe how many people encounter accidents while using their curling wand. Remember, it can get very hot so you don’t want to mess with it.
Once you’re done, don’t forget to unplug it even if it has an auto shut-off function. Once it has cooled down, you should also wipe it with a damp cloth because styling products have a tendency to build up residue, especially if you use heat styling products before using your styling iron.