There's nothing worse than spending tons of time meticulously curling your hair before an event, only to end up with frizzy curls, weird pieces sticking out, an embarrassingly outdated style, or worse...limp locks because your curls didn't even last an hour. Luckily, we've compiled a list of dos and don'ts while using a curler so you can master the art of achieving gorgeous waves.
Start curling your hair only when it’s dry. As styling wet hair will not absorb all the natural moisture but will also weigh down your hair. Blow-dried/ air-dried hair will give you the best base to make any curled style look its best. Some may find that day-old hair holds a curl a little bit better than freshly washed hair, but experiment to find out what works best for you.
Curl one section of hair at a time and clip each section after it's curled. Focusing on one section at a time will prevent some pieces from going uncurled. Pinning each curl will hold it in place while you work on the rest and set the curl.
Choose the right size. Pick a curler that's the right size for the look you want to achieve. Remember that different tools will help you to create different looks. If you want to achieve loose beachy locks, you’ll need to select a curler with a bigger barrel and in case you want tight kinky curls, you’ll need to stick to a barrel with a small diameter.
Run your fingers through your hair only after it's cooled to make your hair look more natural. But remember not to do this very often as this will open your curls more than desired.
Finish with a flexible setting hairspray. A light layer will keep curls in place and cut down on frizz throughout the day, without weighing your hair down. Remember to use an adequate amount of spray, as using more of it will make your hair stiff and look artificial.
Don't skip heat protectants. Especially for those who use curlers on a daily basis, a heat protectant product can make all the difference in keeping your hair healthy in the long run.
Don’t use too much heat. You should only use as much heat as you need to create your curl to prevent long-term damage to your hair. Thicker hair can hold up against higher heat settings, but Fine, thin, or fragile hair should be curled using the lowest heat setting available. Don't keep your hair on the barrel for longer than it needs to be, sometimes 5-10 seconds is all it takes. Play around with lower temperatures and faster curling times to determine the best temperature for your hair health and the look you want.
Don’t curl your hair in the wrong direction. In order to frame your face, you should curl your hair away from your face, toward the back of your head. When you're working on your right, curl your hair toward the right. On the left side of your face, curl toward the left.
Don't panic or rush. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time for styling if you want to curl your hair the right way. Curling, pinning, and cooling will take some time, but the end result will be well worth it.
Don’t curl very big clumps of hair. If you have extra-thick tresses you should start by sectioning off smaller pieces of hair using clips. This will help you avoid missing any spots, and will keep your hair out of the way when you're focusing on certain sections. It's easiest to start with your bottom layers and work up toward your crown.
Don't break up the curls with your fingers too soon. Wait for the hair to cool down completely before separating curls or they'll fall and you'll be back to the hair you started with.
Finally, make sure to remember that many curly styles can be created by using variations on these techniques. If you have a specific look in mind that you want to try, make sure to try these when the curler is cold. You can then turn on the curler once you’ve got your hands on the technique. This will prevent you from accidental burns and hair damage.
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