If you know how to use your curling iron, but still aren’t getting the results you want, this post is for you. I’ve been curling my hair for years, but when I look back at photos of my hair, it differs drastically from year to year even though I thought I was styling it the same way. After lots of practice, I’ve discovered a few tricks that allow me to get the consistent results I want. Whether you’re using a classic curling iron, a curling wand, or even a flat iron to curl your hair, these tips are gonna change your life!
1. Apply texturizing spray before you curl.
Before you even reach for your curling iron, you need to make sure your hair is in the right state. If you’ve just showered and blow dried your hair, this tip will be especially helpful. Always spray your hair with texturizing spray before you start curling in order to give it a stickier texture, allowing it to hold the curl much better. Super silky, clean hair has a hard time holding a curl, so applying product is a must.
2. Curl your roots longer than you curl your ends.
The top half of your hair, or the hair closest to your roots, tends to be heavier and thicker than your ends. So you should really be holding your curling iron on your roots longer than on your ends. IF you hold them for the same amount of time, that’s typically when you get those defined ringlets that nobody really wants. So, start by clamping down your curling iron half way down your hair and curling the top half (roots) first. Then, start about an inch from your ends and curl the entire strand. This will ensure your roots get a longer time under the heat than your ends.
3. Alternate the direction of each curl.
Another necessary step to avoid those ringlets is to alternate the direction of each curl. If you curl every piece in the same direction, it’s easier for them to clump together into one big ringlet. Instead, start by curling the front pieces away from your face, and alternate each piece from there.
4. Make sure you curl the front lightly.
One of my favorite tips that’s made a huge difference is being much more delicate with my front pieces. Instead of curling them the same way I curl the rest of my hair, I typically run the curling iron through my front pieces quickly and lightly. This creates a softer curl in front, making the look more natural. My front pieces are also more damaged than the rest of my hair since I’m always blow drying and straightening them, so they react to the heat much quicker. Use a light touch on your front pieces, and you’ll notice a huge difference in the final look!
5. Straighten the ends.
If you want that more relaxed wave, I highly recommend straightening the ends of your hair once you’re done curling. It gives it an edgier, more relaxed look and helps avoid any ringlets as well. You can pull out your straightener for this or just use your curling iron by clamping down on the ends and pulling straight down.
6. Rake your fingers through your hair.
This step is ESSENTIAL! After you’re completely done with your hair, don’t forget to rake your fingers through it and shake it around a bit. Otherwise, you’ll be left with very defined waves that don’t look super natural. I typically like to flip my hair forward and back, gently and just once. It will help loosen up and separate the curls to create a more natural look.
Got any tips to make sure your hair curls perfectly every time??