I know you know that a quick and easy way to change up your day to day style is to add in a few curls with an iron. At least in theory. Yet in your hands is a curling iron more magic wand or instrument of destruction?
Have you found getting the perfect head of curls more than a little bit tricky with this hot styling tool?
Have amazing, effortless curls eluded you for some unknown reason?
Listen up. It is possible to master a curly look from an iron without wrecking havoc on your hair. It may be nothing more than understanding the tool or avoiding mistakes you didn’t know you were making.
Okay, lovelies, obviously today’s burning question involves how to get the best curl from a curling iron. Because when you are looking to create some bouncy, natural-looking body you fire up your trusty curling iron, right?
There’s a great reason that or a flat iron are used so often by so many to instill some curl. With a just bit of know-how and a few minutes with one of these you can alter your entire look.
Luckily the hot styling tools on the market today offer a faster, safer, and gentler way to get to the final destination – curls! Whether it’s soft, romantic waves or bouncy curls you too can produce a salon look at home – if you have the right tool for the job.
Yet you may mistakenly be under the assumption that there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to curling iron technique. Especially when some consider it kind of old school anyway.
Actually as you’ll see in the video below, there just may be a new way for girls who want curls to get the natural soft curly look they seek. A look you will just love…love…love.
But first a refresher course on the standard curling iron technique. Or how some get a great curl from their curling iron:
- Apply your fav heat protectant – you do use one don’t you?
- Next section your hair into smaller sections
- Give the sectioned off lock of hair a bit of a twist
- Wrap each twisted section around the barrel of your curling iron
- After you let it slip off the heated barrel let it sit a bit before you mess with it
- When you are all done curling bend at the waste and toss or tousle it a little to release the loose curliness. Breaking up the curls with your fingers will release their inner beach-iness.
Result? You should end up with a lovely beachy curls look. Or soft curls galore!
Of course this is only possible if you have a reliable curling iron. If you need help with that this curling iron guide might be just the thing. I’ll bet there is lots you don’t know about something you may use all the time.
Iron Age Technology
Question: Does a tourmaline infused iron make a difference?
Answer: Let me explain the theory and you can decide. Tourmaline is a semi-precious stone mined in Africa. When heated up, it releases electrically charged ions that are supposed to bond to the shaft of your hair. This bonding in turn seals the cuticles and reinforces any weak spots along the shaft. As a result your hair is supposed to be shinier and silkier looking. Does yours?
Beyond that there are a few other things you should look for in a curling iron:
One, does it get hot enough to adequately curl your hair?
Two, is it the right size barrel for the curls you want to create? Smaller barrels mean tighter curls, larger barrels mean bigger curls; tapered ones offer the best of both?
Three, is it easy to hold and use?
And four, is it a high enough quality iron to last you a long time?
Assuming yours is all that and a bag of chips, (where did that come from?) here’s a great video on how to get the most out of yours.
Hair Curling Tutorial
The nice thing about this video is you really get two techniques in one. You’ll see the results of the typical way we use a curling iron. And then see a way that you might like to think of as one that produces a more natural looking curl? Natural looking being in the eye of the beholder obviously.
The other nice thing is this tutorial is to the point and full of good ideas.
Okay so first you’ll see the tradition technique which produces your garden variety curling iron tendril curl.
Then you’ll see a twist on that approach. Which produces tons of volume and great looking curls.
The approach shared here is somewhat different than the more traditional technique just shared above.
So let’s get down to the nitty gritty. To pull off this curling iron technique you’re going to need
- Curling Iron 3/4″ for shorter hair or one inch barrel it your hair is longer.
- Brush for detangling
NOTE: You might also want to consider your friend Mr. Heat Protectant. Since as you know hot styling tools are murder on your hair. (I keep repeating this throughout this site because it’s important. Hope you don’t mind.)
First section off about an inch of hair or an appropriate amount for your hair type. Meaning how much depends on how thick your hair is.
The way she does it is to first loop the section of hair around the curling iron once, puling the hair thru the iron until the iron is right next to her scalp, (just be careful not to burn yourself). Let is set the curl, then remove it and move it down the strand and wrap the next section of hair around the barrel once. Remove the iron and move down to repeat yet again. And if your hair is long enough, maybe wrap the strand one more time if needed.
Tip: That last wrap, if there is any short length of hair not being curled, you might slide the barrel down to include the last bit of hair so to get the entire length curled. You’ll see how she does this.
The advantage, aside from being a bit messier but more natural looking is that you are curling your hair right up to the roots. While the more traditional curl, as you’ll see, doesn’t start until about halfway down the section of hair.
Curling Iron Tip. When curling on the right side wrap the hair in one direction around the barrel. Say clockwise. When you start to work on the left side of your head try to remember to wrap the hair in the opposite direction or counterclockwise.
Once you’ve curled all the hair, hit it with some hair spray.
Then flip your hair upside down and somewhat vigorously separate the curls out with your fingers.
Finish things off with one final dose of hairspray.
And viola. Gorgeous curls galore.
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. So you shouldn’t expect to master this technique in one setting. Or even a week or two maybe. So no throwing your curling iron against the wall if you aren’t doing this as effortlessly as you think you should the first few times.
OMG! It takes practice and time to discover how to make this work with your hair. Okay?
So there you have it. With the quality of today’s curling irons, you no longer need to fry your mane into submission. You can safely, and by that I’m assuming the use of heat protecting spray, but you can safely achieve salon worthy hair at home.
More specifically, you now know how to get the best curl from a curling iron only with a simple twist on the traditional approach. One that can take you go straight to outrageously gorgeous.