How to Use a Curling Iron to Create Smooth Silky Waves

A curling iron can create smooth waves for subtle glamor or fun flips for flirty looks. Of course, if you don’t know how to use one, you might create a mess instead!

Knowing how to use them is good to know in last minute decisions for a night out with your gal pals!

Lets be honest! Curls are down right voluptuous! Marilyn Monroe wore them with style! Whether you want romantic waves or sexy spiral curls, you can easily learn how to curl your hair like a pro. It’s not that hard to do and only takes about a half hour for longer styles and less time for shorter styles.

marilyn monroe image Curls are definitely in this year! Marilyn sure knew the value of curly hair! She wore her hair short but usually with lots of lush curls. Whether your hair is short of long, curls never go out of style!

The nice thing about irons is that they heat up in a snap! Whether your hair is blunt cut, layered or fringed, a bit of added bounce is always fitting. Another reason to curl your hair, is that men absolutely love it! Men clamor around women who have beautiful curls. (think about Jessica Simpson!) If you find your boyfriends eyes wandering, curls can really turn him onto you again!

Things You'll Need

  • Curling Iron
  • Flexible Hair Spray
  • Blow Dryer
  • Hair Accessories
  • Hairbrush Or Comb
  • Hair Clips
  • Mirror
  • Mousse, gel, or styling spray

    Tips before you Curl

    Did you know you could use your flat iron to create curls? The benefit in using them is that 1) most women already own them, and 2) they are available in ceramic, which generates negative ions that help protect your hair from damage. Ceramic irons are also top rated for performance! Turn irons on and wait until they're fully heated before using them. (Learn about the benefits of using ceramic irons.)

    How to Use a Curling Iron

    Step One
    Begin by applying a styling gel, mousse or styling spray to clean, damp or wet hair and blow dry until completely dry. Your curls will form better and last longer with the aid of good quality hair products, so don't scrimp!

    Step Two
    Clip your hair up in multiple sections. Release one section and brush or comb it to remove any knots or tangles. Spray lightly with a flexible hairspray if your hair is very fine and doesn't hold curls well. Pay special attention to the ends. Make sure you have enough product to hold curls!

    Step Three
    Open the curling iron by holding your four fingers around the handle while pushing your thumb down on the clamp Clip the top of your hair out of the way and begin curling the bottom section of your hair, working your way up to the top. Slightly twist a small section of your hair with your hands for spiral curls, or take a flat, larger section for loose curls.

    Step Four
    Take a small section and place the iron near the roots. Close the iron and slide it down the length of the hair all the way to the ends. Open the clamp and insert the end of your hair. Close the curling iron barrel on the ends and make sure that all of the stragglers of that section are completely in the barrel.

    Step Five
    Roll the iron down to the scalp taking care not to touch. Most hairdressers use a comb between the iron and the scalp, so the scalp never gets burned. Hold hair in the iron for a count between ten and twenty seconds for higher heat settings. You can leave the curling iron in your hair longer if the heat is not as hot. If you're unsure which setting to use, test different temperatures and timing. Don’t touch your curls until your hair cools down all the way.

    Step Six
    Unroll the iron and open the curling iron to release the curl. You can also swivel the hair off the iron to release the curls too. Proceed with other sections until all areas have been curled.

    Step Seven
    Flip your head and shake out the hair, then play with your curls using only your fingers or a pick. You can separate curls if you like more curls but never brush out curls.

    Step Eight
    Spray with a flexible holding hair spray to keep your curls in place. For humid climates use a humidity resistant hair spray.

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    Styling Tips for Curls

  • There are a few things to look for when selecting your curling iron. The size of the barrel always determines the size of the curl. Use a small barrel for tight or spiral curls, a medium barrel for medium sized curls, and a big barrel for larger, loose curls.

  • Misikko has a great selection of irons at affordable prices. They also have some very helpful articles on using their hair tools, like how to use a curling iron.

  • If you want spiral curls, roll your hair up vertically. If you want to create waves or flips, roll your hair up (or under) horizontally.

  • You can always change the directionality of a curl after you make it. If your hair curls under and you want it to curl up, just flip your hair the other way with your brush.

  • Keep hot irons away from your scalp and hairline to avoid burns. Using an iron with a temperature control can eliminate damaging your hair and help avoid split ends.

  • For home use, use irons with a spring clamp handle.

  • Make sure to turn off hair appliances when you're through using them.

  • Clean hot irons regularly, especially if you use a lot of hair products in your hair. Hair product build up can be a big problem later, so keep 'em clean. Always refer to manufacturer instructions for the best cleaning methods.

  • Product build up is also a huge problem for your hair. You need to clarify your hair regularly if you use a lot of hair products in your hair. You can buy clarifying shampoo made with Tea Tree oil or Jojoba oil, or make your own clarifier by using a final rinse of one part apple cider vinegar to four parts of water.

  • Deep condition your hair occasionally with conditioning masks or protein conditioners to help strengthen your hair.

    If you curl your hair on a regular basis, use a leave in conditioner or a thermal hair protector. These products help guard your hair against any hair damage.

  • When you curl your hair, don't wash it the night before. You'll create longer lasting curls if you curl slightly dirty hair instead.

  • Use volumizing shampoos if your hair is resistant to curls.

  • Use root lifters if you don't like your hair to sit flat against your scalp.

    When you buy a new curling iron, experiment with it and try different things you haven't tried before. You never know when you'll stumble upon a great look for you and your hair!

    Related Pages on This Site

    How to Get Smooth Silky Hair like Eva Longoria

    How to Create Loose Sexy Curls like Kate Middleton!

    How to Spiral Curl Your Hair

    Long Lasting Curls - How to Make 'Em and Keep 'Em

    Long Hairstyles - Chic and Fabulous Styles

    Shiny Hair - Best Methods to Create More Shine

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