4. Choose your curling weapon….and size!
Which appliance you use, and the size of it, will all depend on the length of your hair, what look you want to achieve and the thickness of your hair. I started using a heated wand instead of tonges because they’re a lot easier and I have found the curl lasts longer and you have more control over what you’re doing.
If you want to achieve loose curls use a large barrelled tonge/heated wand or straighteners to curl your hair.
If you want to achieve a tighter curl use a smaller barrelled tonge/heated wand
If you want to achieve a more natural looking,large, bouncy curl, use some heated rollers instead. Heated rollers are a bit more convenient too, you can whack them in quickly and do other things, like paint your nails, while waiting for them to cool.
If you have long hair, but want a soft curl, you may well be better off using a smaller barrelled tonge/heated wand and running your fingers through the hair once you have finished to pull the curl out a bit to relax it. This will last longer than using a large barrelled tonge, achieving the look you want before you go out and then the curl dropping before you’ve even had time to put on your high heels and lock the door behind you.
5. Take sections and work methodically
Again, the same as straightening, you need to know where you are. Always work from the nape of your neck and work upwards towards
your crown. Then each side of the parting starting at the ear and working up. The size of the sections don’t matter so much as when you’re straightening because each horizontal section you take will be divided up for each curl anyway. If you have thick hair, each piece will have to be a bit smaller than someone with very fine hair. You just have to make sure you can wrap your hair around the tonges comfortably. And the bigger the section the bigger and looser the curl will be.
6. Finish off and leave it alone!
Once you’ve finished curling, whether that’s with tonges, heated wands, heated rollers or straighteners, decide what you’re going to do with those curls, do it, spray with hairspray to finish off and hold and then leave your hair alone! A lot of people, when I’ve done their hair for weddings, will go straight to touch their hair. The trouble is, your hands sweat (gross, I know!) but if that sweat keeps being put on your hair, eventually the hairspray will start to be diluted and there won’t be any left to hold that curl you’ve just spent half an hour creating. So, as tempting as it feels to want to keep touching your gorgeous curls…..leave it alone!
So, with a little patience, a lot of hairspray, a hot rod and a large Mojito in your hands to stop you touching your hair, you can create the perfect curl…..and preferably not like you’ve just stepped out of a nursery rhyme!
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