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Method 1 of 5: Using a Curling Iron
- Some curling irons will have different settings which you can play around with until you achieve the best result. Try to keep it at the lowest temperature possible though, to cause less damage to your hair. Look for curling irons that say None Damage on the box.
- A good guide is 320ºF (160ºC) for fine hair and 430ºF (220ºC).
- Heat protector sprays can be found at most drug stores and hair salons.
- Pin or clip up the top section of your hair. Using your thumbs, grab everything that’s above the top of your ears and clip it up on top of your head.
- Release upper sections as you work. When the bottom section of hair is finished, unclip your hair and let out a little more, clipping up the excess again. Continue working this way until all your hair is curled.
- Remember that using bigger sections of hair will result in bigger, looser curls, while using smaller sections of hair will give you smaller, tighter ringlets.
- Some curling irons will have a clamp near the handle. If this is the type of curling tongs you’re using, open the clamp and position the end of the hair at the lower end of the barrel, near the handle, then close the clamp to secure. Then you can wrap that entire section of hair around the iron, by rolling the iron upwards towards your roots. Stop rolling when you get about an inch away from the roots, to prevent the iron from burning your scalp.
- Other curling irons, often referred to as wands, don’t have a clamp. With this type of iron, you should start near the top of your hair and use your hand to wrap a piece of hair around the iron. You will need to hold the end of your hair in place while that section of hair curls. Some curling wands provide a safety glove that you can wear while doing this, to prevent your hand from burning.
- Play around to find a time that creates a perfect curl with your iron, but remember to start out with a lower time to prevent your hair from burning.
- After 10 seconds, let go of your hair to release the curl. If your hair is still a little flat, try pinning it while it’s still curled (tutorials on internet) then at the end take all the pins out of each curl.
- Alternatively, if you want less uniform curls, you can mix up the direction a little bit for a less styled look.
- Once you have curled your hair, do not brush it with a hairbrush. It will loosen the curls too much and they will fall out.
- If you brush out curls with a hairbrush, your hair will look wavy rather that curly, which can be a nice style in itself.
- Choose a loose hold hairspray so your curls aren’t too stiff and you hair doesn’t feel too “crunchy”. Hold the can about 12-14 in (30.5 cm – 35.5 cm) away from your head and spray evenly around your head. Be careful not to apply too much
- Never apply hairspray to the curls while they are still wrapped around the iron. The combination of the heat from the irons and the alcohol in the hairspray will fry your hair.
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