Few women are blessed with perfect curly hair, which means, to achieve that curly look and add body and interest to that hair do, many women turn to curling irons and wands. If you are wanting to curl your hair, here are some tips for curling hair with a curling iron.
While curling irons can give you a variety of great curly styles, there are a few tips that may prove useful when trying to achieve the exact look you want.
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Tips For Curling Hair With A Curling Iron
Here are 5 helpful tips for curling hair with a curling iron:
1. Choose The Right Size Curling Wand for the Job
Curling irons do not come in a one size fits all for every hair length and style you are trying to achieve.
Different sizes will give you different types of curls. If you are looking for loose curls or beachy waves then you are going to want to use a curling iron that is 1inch to 2 inches in diameter.
The larger the wand, the looser the curls or waves.
For ringlets or tighter curls you are going to want a smaller diameter wand, one that is ½ inch to ¾ inches will help you to achieve those tighter curls you are longing for.
2. Use the Proper Amount of Heat
The Amount of heat your curling iron puts out is also going to determine just how good your hair looks when curled.
People who have fine or color treated hair, should never use a temperature higher than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
This will help prevent the heat from damaging your hair while still giving you great curls.
The best curling wand for thick hair, should have adjustable heat controls that allows you to curl your hair at a temperature higher than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Start by setting the temperature at 200 or 300 degrees Fahrenheit and then increasing the heat if necessary.
However, never use heat higher than 400 degrees Fahrenheit on your hair.
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3. Choose the Proper Material For Your Curling Iron
Curling irons are made from a variety of different materials and some of these materials are better for your hair than others.
So choosing a curling iron made from the right material will help to give you better and more natural looking curls.
Ceramic and Tourmaline are the best materials for curling irons as ceramic curling irons distribute heat evenly and Tourmaline uses negative ions to lock in the hair’s natural moisturizer and prevents frizzing.
4. Make Sure that You Prep Hair for Heat
Preparing your hair for the heat of the curling iron will result in better looking and healthier curls.
First, of all never use a curling iron on wet or damp hair as this will burn the ends of your hair leaving them dry and brittle.
Thin and oily hair should be prepared by being washed and conditioned using volumizing products and then treated with a heat protectant to keep the hair from drying out when exposed to the heat of the curling iron.
Thicker hair should also be treated with a heat protectant and then a mousse should be applied that is designed to help hold the curl.
5. Keep Your Curling Iron Clean
Due to the different hair care products used in your hair and the fact that some people use a light coating of hair spray to help curl their hair, your curling iron can build up layers of gunk from these products, which can affect their ability to curl your hair properly.
So make sure that you keep your curling iron clean of any build up so that it will perform in the manner it is meant to.