Curling irons seem like they would be pretty straightforward hair styling tools to use. But if you’ve actually used a curling iron, you know it’s not always as straightforward as we often hope. Most ladies get frustrated when it comes to using curling irons… how do those hairstylists make it seem so simple? And how do they achieve curls and hairstyles that look SO much better than what we can do at home? We’re sharing some of our favorite curling iron tips and tricks to help you have a better understanding of how to use this incredible hair styling tool in the way that experts do – which will help you accomplish those gorgeous looks.
Consider the Heat Setting
All heat settings are not created equal, just like we don’t all have the same type of hair. Experts suggest choosing curling irons that have adjustable heat settings, so that you’re really able to adjust the heat setting according to your hair type. It’s suggested that if you have fine and thin hair, you should be using a lower heat setting. Since you have finer hair, it can be more vulnerable to heat damage if the setting is too high. While if you have thicker, coarser hair you can use a higher heat setting. It’s suggested that you notice how your hair cooperates with different heat settings to really find a setting that works with your hair type.
The Way You Wrap Your Hair around the Wand will Impact the Kind of Curls You Get
Not only is the size of the curling iron important to helping you achieve the types of curls you want, but also the way you actually wrap your hair around the wand does. Wrapping your hair around the curling iron in the traditional way will give you a basic curl shape, while twisting the hair, then wrapping it around the wand will give you more of a twisted curl shape. If you want to achieve a more textured wavy look, start with the traditional way and then as you get to the ends apply the twisted method.
The Size of the Iron Determines the Size of the Curl
If you’ve been trying to achieve those beachy waves you see your favorite celebs rocking, but just can’t seem to get the curl shape right, it could be because of the size iron you’re using. One of the biggest tips from the experts when it comes to creating a curled hairstyle is that you need to use a curling iron that’s consistent with the size curls you want to create. If you want to create big, beachy waves, you don’t want to use a skinny curling iron and vice versa.
Also, keep in mind that before even getting started with using a curling iron of any kind at any heat setting your hair should be COMPLETELY dry. If you used a hair dryer to dry your hair, make sure that your hair is cooled from the dryer before applying more heat to your hair.