STYLING your own hair can often be tricky and the perfect curl can be hard to achieve.
But if you’ve ever tried and failed to curl your hair with your straighteners, there are a few tips and tricks to master the technique.
Alamy You don’t need to use curling tongs, like above, to curl your locks
How to curl your hair with straightening irons
You don’t need curling tongs to get a decent curl – but you do need a certain technique.
Here’s how to do it:
- Heat your straighteners to a high heat and apply a heat protecting spray, or serum, evenly through your hair.
- Brush hair through to make sure that there are no knots.
- If you have lots of hair, you may find it easier to section off your locks into more manageable sections; e.g. a top layer and a bottom layer.
- Think of your hair as a ribbon, and the iron as scissors – you need decent tension to get achieve the curl.
- Pull segments of hair through the straighteners, pulling away and twisting towards the barrel of the clamped straightener. The motion should be as if you are checking your watch.
- Repeat until whole head is curled.
- Add a finishing spray to hold the final hairstyle in for longer.
By keeping tension on and using a twisting motion, you can curl your hair with straightening irons
Top tips from curling hair with straighteners
- The smaller the piece of hair the more defined the curl, the bigger the piece of hair the looser it will be.
- For hair closer to the crown, twist away from your face.
- Wrap your hair s if you were using a curling tong (don’t close the straightener completely).
- Keep hair central in the flatiron to avoid snags.
- For a more modern, natural look; leave the ends straighter.
- If you’ve left any imprints in your locks, gently brushing through the curl may mask it.
Alamy What is your favourite way to curl your hair?
Can you curl your hair without using any heat?
There are ways to curl your locks without using a heated appliance – but they do take longer.
For a wavy curl, you can simply braid your hair before going to bed for a beachy look come morning – smaller plaits make for tighter waves.
For a chunky curl that looks similar to a blowdry, you can wear a wide, material headband to bed and wrap twisted segments of hair around it until it is all gathered up. The smaller the sections, the tighter the ringlets.
Tighter curls can be achieved via pin curls. Wrap the hair around your finger and then pin down. Leave to set over night or for at least and hour. If your hair is wet first, the curl will be more defined.
Another technique is the old school “rag curl” method. Just dig out any old, unwanted material and cut into strips. Then roll sections around each rag strip until it reaches the top of your head and pin in place. Leave overnight.
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