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Here's How to Curl Your Hair Correctly With a Curling Iron

How to Curl Hair with a Curling Iron
Using a curling iron is very easy, provided that you follow certain precautionary steps to prevent damage to the hair. With a curling iron you can curl your hair within ten minutes.
Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2018
Speaking about the curling iron, it is the simplest and easiest method. With a curling iron, you can sport a new curly hairstyle within few minutes. One thing to be taken care of while using curling iron is, the correct temperature setting. While you may not get desired results on low temperature, very high temperature may actually damage your hair. Many women do not follow proper ironing techniques which often results in damage to hair or undesirable results.
Tips on How to Curl Your Hair with a Curling Iron
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Wash your hair.
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Blow dry with a hair dryer.
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Take small sections of hair and set on the curling iron, one at a time.
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Adjust the size of the curls by changing the width of the hair section.
Read User Guidelines
First go through the user guidelines provided along with the equipment. Even though it is easy to handle curling iron, it is important that you understand the unit before using it for hair curling. Also take a note of the barrels and attachments, so that you can give fabulous curls of various sizes. Once you are thorough with the manual, you can proceed with styling your hair by using the curling iron.
Prepare Your Hair for Curling
It is recommended to wash your hair thoroughly before curling them. You may use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any product build up from hair. Use a deep conditioner to retain the moisture in hair. Conditioning your hair helps them to trap the nutrients. After washing your hair, make sure you let them dry before treating with a curling iron. Otherwise, your hair will flatten upon drying. Also, comb your hair properly to loosen any tangles. For better curling, you can apply curl enhancer products that are available in the market. Some of these hair care products are formulated for using in wet hair, while you will find others that are to be applied on dry hair.
Choose Appropriate Barrel Size
A curling iron comes in barrels of different sizes. Depending upon the type of curls you wish to get, you can choose any of the following barrels.
  1. If you wish to go for small springy curls go for a 0.75 inch barrel.
  2. If you wish to go for simple, natural curls use a curling iron of barrel size 1 inch.
  3. If you wish to generate voluminous, cascading curls, use a curling iron with a large barrel size of 1.5 - 2 inch.
Choose Appropriate Heat Setting
Plug in the curling iron and turn on the switch. Allow the iron to heat up till the desired temperature; you can check the user manual for reference of temperature levels. Coarse, stubborn, hair need to be curled at higher temperatures than thin, soft hair. A temperature setting of 400° F is appropriate for such hair. Thin, soft hair can tolerate heat setting between 280° F to 300° F. If you have colored your hair, go for even lesser temperature settings.
Start Curling Your Hair
Divide your hair in several sections that are about 1-2 inch wide. You can use hair clips to hold the sections in place. Take hold of a hair section and place in the curling iron. In case you want to curl the whole length, start from the part that is near to the roots and slide the unit down. Accordingly, you can place the tip portion, if you prefer to have curls on the tips only.

Depending upon whether you like inward curls or outward curls, you can wind hair around the curling iron in a particular orientation. Continue to wrap hair till the tip (for whole length curling) and hold the curling iron for about 10 seconds. Gently unwind the hair from the curling iron. By following these similar steps, you can start curling the next section and continue, until all the hair sections are curled. Spray and comb the curled hair gently to create volume.
I hope the above information helps you understand how to curl hair with a curling iron. So, follow these tips and flaunt your gorgeous, curly locks.
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