Mastering the curling iron can be a difficult task. I remember my freshman year of college when my friend taught me how to use one for the first time. Let’s just say, I felt like an idiot. For some reason, it was so hard to get it right that she would just do my hair for me. A lot. But since walking over to her dorm every day before class just to curl my hair was really not realistic for someone who hits the snooze button ten times, I had to fend for myself. After a lot of practice (best before you’re about to take a shower), it clicked! Thank god, because that seriously changed my hair game.
After a few years of playing around with the curling iron, I’ve finally figured out my go-to look: what I like to call piecey waves. This is more of a tousled, laid back style that can look natural or done up depending on how you finish it off (with texturizing spray vs. smoothing serum). The key to getting those piecey waves is to use a medium-to-large curling iron on small sections of hair. I recommend a 1 1/4 inch curling iron on 1/4-1/2 inch sections of hair. Alternating the curls helps create that natural, tousled look as well. Plus I’ve included a secret tip I recently discovered involving a flat iron…find out below in this curling iron tutorial:
Check out some more curling iron tips & tricks in this awesome post on Buzzfeed: 21 Extremely Useful Curling Iron Tricks Everyone Should Know. Oh, and thank you Stylelist for producing this video!