Hair Curling Tips

Tips on how to curl your hair like the pros; curling techniques, anti-frizz curling irons, and curling hair mousse that keep your hair shinny and strong.

When to use different sized curling irons

When to use different sized curling irons

One great thing about curling your hair is how many versatile styles you can create with a curling iron. The easiest way to create different curled hair styles is to use different sized curling irons. These tips can help you choose which curling iron to use based on the style you want.

  • Large, full bodied waves- Do you envy those beautiful beach waves that you can’t seem to master? Full bodied waves are actually quite easy to master with a 1.5 curling iron. This style is best suited for women with long hair because you will need to wrap your locks around a large curling iron between 1 ¼”- 2”.
  • Smooth, medium sized curls- This type of curled hair style looks great on almost everyone from starlets to the girl next door. These medium sized curls can either start from the base of your scalp or near the ends of your hair to give a full bodied style. Most hair lengths can pull off this style with a 1” curling iron.
  • Tight ringlets- Tight ringlets are usually the go to style for formal events such as weddings and proms. This style is usually more time consuming since you need to use smaller sections of hair. A small barrel curling iron, between 3/8” and 5/8”, works best for this style.

Before you purchase a curling iron, be sure to consider which styles you want to create and which size barrel is appropriate for your hair length. A Conair curling iron usually comes in many different sizes, so it is a great brand to check out no matter how long your hair is.

 

Popular curling hair sprays

Popular curling hair sprays

After you spend the time setting your hair in gorgeous curls, you need to make sure those curls last for hours. Choosing the right hairspray depends on the style of curls you are creating and how much hold you want. Here are some tips for choosing the right curling hair sprays.

  • Light strength hair spray-Light hold hair spray is great if you want hold without the sticky residue most sprays leave behind. This is the best hair spray option to use if you are creating a curled hair style that does not require a lot of hold, such as waves or large curls.
  • Medium strength hair spray- While medium strength hair spray is a convenient option for those who need a strength level in between light and high strength, it is usually better as a working hair spray. A working hair spray will help you sculpt your style during the process of curling your hair and medium strength is best for that because it allows you to move the hair while providing some hold.
  • Firm strength hair spray- These are the strongest hair sprays and work the best for finishing off a curled hair style, especially if you are creating tight curls. This level of curling hair spray will make sure that your style lasts for hours. Make sure not to use too much, though, because this level of spray can cause a lot of residue and product build up.

 

Top curling gels

Top curling gels

Hair curling gel is a versatile styling product that can be used on either curly or straight hair. Here are some tips on how women of both natural hair styles can use curling gels to perfect their coif.

Naturally curly hair-If you have naturally curly hair, many of your friends probably envy you. However, you know that with naturally curly hair, frizz and humidity can be big problems every morning. Curling gel is a simple and easy way to tame your naturally curly hair. Curling gel will provide more definition and hold for natural curls while also reducing frizz.

Naturally straight hair- If you have naturally straight hair, you may find it difficult to create curls that last throughout the day. Using curling gel before you start styling your hair can help your curls last for hours more. After you wash your hair, apply curling gel while your hair is damp. While blow drying your hair, scrunch your hair to create some definition. After your hair is dry, style as usual and your curls will last much longer!

 

Best curling waxes

Best curling waxes

One styling product for curly hair that is not as well known is curling wax. Many people with curly hair are very familiar with products such as curling gel or mousse, but curling wax is a great product for people with curly hair. Curling wax can be used to define curls and smooth out any frizz. Curling wax gives your curled hair a more natural look rather than curling gel. For those with straight hair, curling wax can be used before you curl your hair with a curling iron to help your curls stay in place. If you do use curling wax, though, be sure to only use a small amount as it can make hair greasy and weighed down if too much is used.

Dax Marcel Curling Wax is a classic curling wax that has been around for years. This curling wax holds and defines curls without being too greasy. The other plus is that it is very affordable so if you are trying curling wax for the first time there is little risk.

Mizani Silkening and Curling Wax is another great curling wax to try. In addition to defining and holding curls, it holds moisture and protects hair from heat and humidity.

 

How to curl hair with a straightener

How to curl hair with a straightener

If you don’t curl your hair very often, you may think that it is not worthwhile to invest in a high quality curling iron. However, if you do use a straightener on your hair, you can also use it to flip or curl your hair! Here are some tips on how to use a hair straightener to flip and curl your hair.

If you want to add some style and volume to your straight hair, flipping your hair is simple. Take a one inch section of your hair and start from the root like you would when straightening your hair. Instead of running the iron straight down though, flick your wrist toward your hair, start pulling the straightener up, and continue to move the iron in half circle shape.

Curling your hair with a straightener requires a little more technique. Take a one inch section of hair and start at your scalp. Clamp the iron down about 1 inch above where you want your curl to start. Run the straightener down the section of hair while rotating the iron. The rotation of the straightener will mold you heated hair into curls. The size and style of your curls will depend on how much hair you curl at one time. If you curl larger sections of hair, the curls will be soft and wave-like while if you use small sections of hair, the curls will be tighter. After you are done styling, spray some hairspray in to hold your curls.

 

Popular curly hair styles

Popular curly hair styles

From the red carpet to the coffee shop, curly hair styles are very popular. Almost every woman can pull off a curly hair style. Here are some tips so you can pick the best curly hair style for your style and hair type.

Waves and large curls- Waves and large curls can be very sexy or they can give you that beautiful beachy look. To create waves and large curls, you simply just need to use a large barrel curling iron, usually 1 ½” to 2”, depending on the length of your hair. To turn those large curls into waves, run your fingers through your hair. The other way to create waves is to use a triple barrel curling iron. The triple barrel curling iron looks like three curling iron barrels welded together. To use the triple barrel curling iron, simply press a piece of hair in the curling iron and hold it down for about 4 or 5 seconds. Continue to do this down the section of hair until the whole section is wavy.

Long, medium sized curls- Every time you see celebrities walking down the red carpet, there is sure to be a handful of glamorous beauties with this style. If you want to achieve this style, it is best to use a 1”- 1 ¼” curling iron or a straightener. If you choose do this style, this sexy look is best achieved if you do not start the curl at the scalp. Try starting the curl about an inch away from the scalp to get this glamorous style.

Tight, spiral curls- The tight spiral curls look is one of the most popular styles for formal occasions such as proms or weddings. While tight, spiral curls are gorgeous, it is also a very time consuming look to create. The reason it takes so long to create is because you need to use small pieces of hair on a smaller curling iron. For most hair types, you should use about ½” of hair on a 5/8” to ¾” curling iron.

 

Best curling anti-frizz products

Best curling anti-frizz products

One of the biggest problems that women with curly hair face is frizz. Some women get frizz because their hair is dry while it is simply natural for other women. Here are some tips for using the best curling anti-frizz products.

Shampoo and Conditioner- One of the first ways you should start working on your frizz is in the shower. Using an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner will hydrate your curly hair so that it is less likely that you will have frizzy hair. The Aveda curly conditioner is a great product that will smooth curls and restore moisture.

Mousse- Another great curling anti-frizz product is curl hair mousse. After you shower, simply apply curl hair mousse to your wet hair. Blow dry your hair with a diffuser attachment and then you should have smooth, frizz-free curls! John Frieda products are well known for controlling frizz and the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Take Charge Mousse is no exception. This mousse will do double duty by taming frizz and providing hold for springy curls!

Serums-Anti-frizz serum is one of the most versatile products that you can buy to control frizz. You can use ant-frizz serum while your hair is wet to prevent frizz from happening or you can use it while your hair is dry to smooth out any flyaways. Anti-frizz serums are also useful for when you are wearing your hair curly or straight. A great anti-frizz serum is Paul Mitchell’s Super Skinny Serum to smooth and hydrate frizzy hair.

In addition to using anti-frizz products, women with curly hair should avoid using brushes as that will create more frizz. Instead, opt for a comb or sometimes just finger combing you hair works best.

 

History of hair curling

History of hair curling

Modern tools and science has made curling hair easier than ever. However, people have been curling their hair for centuries. Historians have found evidence that people have been using curling irons as far back as ancient Babylonia and Persia! Having curled hair even used to be a sign of wealth in ancient Greece and Persia.

Methods of hair curling that are more recognizable to the modern woman began to appear in the 20th century. In 1906, German hairdresser Charles Nessler created a method of creating perms that involved a curling iron. Nessler’s method was continuously improved upon throughout the century. Even before perms were invented, people would use iron rods that were heated in coals to curl their hair, but that method did not provide much control or safety.

With the invention of the 1 curling iron spring and styling products that allow for more flexibility, women have been able to create many different curled hairstyles. Electric curling irons have provided the ability to control heat for safety and style while new products have allowed hair to look more natural. Today, tools to curl hair are still advancing greatly. One very unique invention is the cordless curling iron. This curling iron can use a battery so that you can curl your hair anywhere! With advancing technology, who know where hair curling will go next!

 

Top curling irons

Top curling irons

When it comes to curling irons, quality is definitely more important than anything else. A high quality 1.5 curling iron will damage your hair less and provide prettier curls. There are so many curling irons on the market, though, choosing the perfect one requires some research. Here are some tips to help you choose the best curling iron.

One important thing to look at is the material that the curling iron barrels are made of. Chrome plated curling irons are the least expensive, but they are also the most damaging for hair. Only use a chrome curling iron if you have very healthy hair and you only plan to use the iron on rare occasions. The best curling irons, though, are ceramic curling irons. Ceramic distributes heat evenly and restores moisture to the hair. If you have dry, color treated, or damaged hair, a ceramic curling iron, like the Conair straightener curling iron, is worth the investment. A tourmaline curling iron is also a great option as they are very similar to ceramic curling irons.

Another feature that your curling iron should have is a heat control setting. It is best to apply the least amount of heat to your hair and different hair types require different heat setting. Heat settings allow you to create beautiful curls without causing too much damage to your hair.

 

How to use hair rollers

How to use hair rollers

Curled hair is a gorgeous look, but it is also time consuming. Many people have written off hair rollers as a hair styling tool of the past, but they are a fast and easy way to get the curls you want! If you’ve never tried using hair rollers before, these tips will help you out.

The first thing you have to do is to buy the right type of Conair hair curlers for your needs. Hair rollers come in different types including Velcro hair rollers, plastic or foam rollers, and heated hair rollers. Velcro rollers are for women with thick hair and require that you blow dry your hair so that the heat can set the curls. Vidal Sassoon hair dryers are very affordable and get the job done. Plastic or foam rollers are best for women who have damaged hair. These rollers are left in overnight and require very little work. Heated rollers are for those who have fine hair. These rollers are heated in their container and their heat sets your hair in curls.

With all three types of rollers, you should consider what size curls you want. If you want large, full body curls, use the largest size rollers in the pack and use larger sections of hair, about 1.5 inches, on each roller. If you prefer a mass of smaller curls, use the smaller sized rollers in the pack and use sections of hair that are about 1 inch.

 

Curling techniques

Curling techniques

There are so many different techniques for curling hair, it can be hard to decide which technique is right for your hair type and schedule. Here are some tips on some of the most common and popular hair curling techniques.

Curling Iron- A curling iron is a quick way to get a full head of curls. Curling irons can provide a wide variety of styles from large, full body waves to tight spiral curls. Spiral curling irons are a unique type of iron as they make it a lot easier to get those glamorous spiral curls that are great for special occasions.

Bobby pins- Pin curls are a sexy curled hair style that was popular from the 1920’s to 1940’s. Pin curls are a cheap and easy way to get curly hair as the only tool you really need are bobby pins. To create pin curls, separate wet hair into a one inch section, twist the hair around your finger, and then bobby pin the section to your head. Wrap a scarf around your head while you sleep and in the morning simply set your hair with hairspray and you are good to go!

Hair rollers- Hair rollers are a quick and easy way to gorgeous curls. You can use different size rollers for different looks. Large rollers will provide soft waves while smaller rollers give tight, spring-like curls. Also, if you prefer to not fuss with your hair in the morning, rollers are great because you can leave them in overnight, roll them out, use some hairspray and you’re done!