We love a good head full of curls as much as any girl, but sometimes trying to achieve this look causes more damage than it’s worth. We’ll be the first to admit a curling iron isn’t the easiest tool to maneuver, but with a little practice you can have those gorgeous curls without damaging your tresses.
5 Curling Iron Mistakes You Are Probably Making:
1. You start from the bottom of your hair.
Most of us (guilty!) clamp the iron on the end of the hair and twist the iron upward. This gives you those Shirley Temple like curls that are cute when you are 6-years-old, not so much at 26. Start at the root with the barrel facing toward the floor then wrap your hair around it. Curls will last longer and by starting at the root, you will have more volume.
2. Your curling iron barrel is too large.
If your hair has trouble holding curl, a large barrel is not going to do you any favors. Using a smaller barrel is the way to go. If you don’t want tight curls, simply curl larger sections of hair.
3. You don’t prep your hair.
To get good curls, you have to lay the groundwork. Begin prepping with a heat protectant to prevent damage. Next step is a styling glaze that will give your hair control and texture. For those who know their hair has trouble holding curls, a spritz of hairspray prior to curling will help. Just make sure the spray is dry before you start curling. Remember, if you hear the sizzle, your hair is not dry.
4. You run your fingers through your hair immediately.
Your hair needs to “set” in order to hold those curls. If you run your fingers through them immediately, it could not only loosen the curls but cause frizz. And nobody wants that.
5. You hold your hair on the iron too long.
We’ve all seen the viral YouTube video of the poor girl who burned her hair off with a curling wand. This happened because she left it one place too long and the heat setting was too high. If you have fine hair, 3 seconds should be your max. Thicker hair can get away with a little longer, but still do not use the highest heat setting.
We hope these tips help you get the beautiful curls you want!
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