If you’ve ever wanted to toss your curling wand out the window in frustration, you’re definitely not alone. There’s a method to the madness of getting those perfect curls, and once you learn the ins and outs, your life (and morning routine) will be made so much easier.
First you need to determine the type of wand that’s right for you. The most common are ceramic, tourmaline or titanium. The main differences are that ceramic moisturizes and smooths hair, tourmaline aims to smooth cuticles and leave hair shiny and, lastly, titanium wands create a smooth surface to prevent hair from snagging or sticking. Everyone’s hair is different, so your best bet is to test each and see which leaves your hair looking and feeling its best.
That may sound like a lot, but once you test your options it’ll be obvious what works best for you. When that’s over with, it’s time to determine which size barrel is right for you. Generally for tighter curls, a small-barreled iron is your best bet. For looser waves, try a large-barreled iron. A 2” barrel will give you gentle, relaxed waves, a 1.5” will produce large, voluminous curls and a 1” barrel will create tight, defined waves. It all depends on the thickness and texture of your hair and, again, what exactly you’re looking for in terms of the final product.
Once you’re past the technical steps it starts to get fun. Here are nine helpful tips to achieving your hair’s highest potential:
- Curl your hair while it’s in a high ponytail for quick, effortless waves.
- Always face the clasp forward to spin the hair through more easily.
- Curl your hair in the direction away from your face on either side for a more natural, voluminous look.
- Instead of clipping your hair to the end and spinning the iron up, clip in closer to the roots and twirl your hair through the clamp.
- For fine, thin, or color-treated hair, set the heat below 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and between 200-300 degrees for coarse, thick hair.
- The closer to the root you start the curl, the longer your curl will last.
- For natural curls, air dry your hair and then curl. For voluminous curls, blow dry and then curl.
- While running the iron through your hair, hold your iron vertically for looser curls, and horizontally for bouncier, tighter curls.
- Pulling the hair on the crown of your head forward with the iron will give you extra volume.
Now that you have insider information on the best ways to use your wand, you’re good to go. Naturally you will get better each time, so be patient and use these steps as guidance, not strict guidelines. Once you see what works for you, keep it up and you’ll be on track to your dream curls. The best part? You can now say goodbye to the frustration that used to dominate your hair routine.