5 Foolproof Ways to Curl Your Hair
Do you struggle with curling your hair? It can be a challenge, but getting to know the type of hair you have is a great place to start before you look for inspiration on the type of curls that you want to achieve and the tools or materials you may need to complete the desired look.
Determine your Hair Type
The first tip we would like to share is to determine your hair type. This can be done simply by looking in a mirror and feeling your hair. Is your hair really long, medium length, or short? What is the texture of your hair like? Naturally wavy, curly, or straight? Thick or thin? Frizzy or smooth? Ask yourself questions including how often you color your hair and if your hair typically holds curl well.
Determine What Kind of Curls You Want
Once you have considered the type of hair you have, think about the type of curls you want and the type of curls that are reasonable for your hair. For example, if you have stick straight hair that does not hold curls well, it is probably unreasonable to want to get tiny ringlets unless you want to commit to a perm.
Find the Right Tool
Think back to when you were thinking about your hair type and the type of curls you want for this step. If you are looking for curls that are on the borderline of loose waves, do some research on waver tools instead of a traditional curling iron. Or, if you want one tool that can do the trick, get a medium-sized curling iron.
You can use a medium sized curling iron to create medium sized waves by using a normal section of hair. If you use a larger section of hair with a medium sized curling iron you will get looser curls and tighter curls if you use smaller than usual sections.
You will also need to decide if you want a clamped iron or a wand. If you ever think you will use the clamp, go ahead and buy a traditional iron and you can always wrap your hair around the barrel with the clamp down just like you would do on a wand. If you are going for the tapered look (bigger at the top of the curl and smaller at the bottom), you should probably opt for a wand.
Another option that a lot of people forget about is curlers or hot-rollers. You can get giant velcro curlers and sleep with them in and wake up with voluminous waves if your hair holds curl well. Hot-rollers are another option if you have time to let them heat up and sit in your hair while you are getting ready.
Gather your Materials
You’ve found the perfect tool to create your look, now gather any products you may need. If your hair is naturally smooth and holds curl well, you may be able to skip most of this step! However, you should always reach for a heat-protectant spray or serum before using heat tools.
If your hair does not hold curl well, opt for a hairspray to lock the curls in place. A tip to using hairspray if your hair does not like to hold curl – spray each strand of hair and let dry for a second before curling it! This will make the curls last much longer than if you just spritzed the spray onto your whole head after you completed the look.
Do a Practice Run
When you have decided on a look and have the necessary tools and materials, allow yourself time to do a practice run before your big event that you need your hair to be curled for! This will allow you time to make sure that all of the products and tools will work for your hair type and allow you to physically time yourself so you know how much time you will need to curl your hair in the future!