If you have pin straight hair like I do, then you’ll know that curling your hair with a curling iron is one of the best ways to add a little bit of texture to your hair. These step by step guide is written to show you how to curl your hair. This is because, not all of us know how to do it, or even just wing it when it comes to creating perfect curls. So, what I have below is a list of the steps that you should take to create the perfect curls using the most basic, and simplest, hair curling method out there. Trust me: you’ll be able to do this even if you’ve never done it before!
How to curl your hair : Things you’ll need
- Curling iron ( Click here to read our review of the 5 best curling iron For Exquisite Shiny Curls That Will Turn Heads)
- Brush or comb
- Heat protectant spray or serum
- Hair dryer – if your hair is damp or wet
- Hair clips
- Bobby pins – or pins that are similar
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The most important thing on this list, other than the curling iron, of course, is ensuring that you haveheat protectant spray. This will help make it so that you limit the amount of damage that is done to your hair while you are curling it, you’ll thank me for adding that in there after you’ve finished curling the hair.
So, now that you’re all set up and ready to go, how do you curl your hair? Well, just follow these ten easy steps on how to curl your hair with a curling iron, and you’ll be opening up your own hair curling salon!
How to curl your hair with a curling iron – steps that will take only 5 minutes
If you prefer to watch a video, here is one by which show you how to curl your hair in 5 minutes.
Heat up your curling iron
You should warm the curling iron in advance to getting started with curling your hair. If you have fine hair, you should heat the iron up to about 320 degrees, but if you have thicker hair you’ll want the iron to be about 430 degrees. You should experiment with different temperatures until you find the best temperature for your hair. Keep in mind that the lower the temperature, the less damage that is being done to your hair.
Brush your hair
You should brush your hair to make sure that there are no tangles or knots whatsoever. You should also ensure that your hair is completely dry if it isn’t take a blow dryer and comb through your hair while using it to ensure that it is dry.
Apply heat protectant
This is probably the most important step you should take. It doesn’t matter what type of heat protectant you use, just as long as you use it. Spray the heat protectant onto your dry hair, and make sure that you spray all of your hair and get it into all the strands. You can do this by combing it through your locks.
Part your hair into sections
The sections should be about 2 inches wide. You should start creating the sections from the bottom of your head to the top. You can use hair clips to ensure that your hair stays in its sections to make sure that you know which hair has been done and which hasn’t.
Curl your hair
By working in the sections you just created, you should use the wand of the iron (with the clamp opened up) and wrap a section of your hair around the barrel. Make sure that you don’t overlap your hair because this will make it so that each strand doesn’t get curled. Use your fingers to carefully hold the very end of your hair close around the barrel until you feel that the heat has done enough work on the curl – this will take a couple of seconds. When doing this be careful not to burn your fingers! You should avoid using the clamp as much as possible because it will add crimps to your curls.
Tip: if you want a more natural looking curl effect, try alternating the direction you curl your hair. For example, if on one strand you curl clockwise, for the next do counterclockwise.
Pin up finished curls
By grabbing the bottom of the curl, compact that curl into a bun of sorts to help create the perfect curl. Using a bobby pin, secure the bun you just created to your head to let it sit out of the way while you finish the rest of your hair.
Repeat steps 5 and 6
These steps should be repeated until all sections of your hair have been curled and pinned up. Once you have finished all sections, wait until each pinned up curl isn’t warm to the touch before moving onto step 8.
Once your hair has cooled completely, take out the pins that are holding your curls up in your hair. Shake out your curls to add some volume and go ahead and fix any that are messed up or not up to your standards by re-curling any piece that you think needs to be done.
If desired, change up any piece of curled hair
You can easily tousle and tease the curls with your fingers slightly to create waves instead of tight formal curls. Otherwise, just leave them alone and move onto the next step.
Once your curls are as you want them, spray a little bit of hairspray all over your hair to help ensure that they will hold. Try not to over spray because that will make your hair hard and weight it down.
And you’re done! Now you know how to curl your hair with a curling iron. Congratulations, you’ve just accomplished curling your hair! You can either leave it down as it is or go ahead and create some beautiful up-dos with your new curls.
This is the most basic and best way to curl your hair, but it’s also the easiest to start out with. If you are ever curious as to the other ways that it can be done, go ahead and do some research on the different methods on how to curl your hair out there! Don’t be discouraged if your curls don’t come out exactly how you wanted, it will take some practice to get it exactly how you want it, but just be proud that you were able to follow these steps and do a great job all the same.
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