Hair: Different ways to create curls

When it comes to curling your hair, there are many ways in which you can do it. Different methods create different types of curls but they also vary in how long it takes, how much they damage the hair, and how easy the methods are.

1.  Curling Irons (‘Tongs’)

This is the most instant way to create curls although the amount of hair being curled and its thickness can play a part in how long it takes.  Curling irons are great for perfect tight curls and should be used on dry hair.

a.  Clip you hair so that it is out of the way, and take a thin horizontal section of hair from the nape (bottom of the neck area).

If you take a section that is too thick i.e. too much hair, the irons will be less effective and the curl will either not take effect or will not last for very long.

b.  From the section, take a small amount of hair and wrap it around the curling iron.

Tip: ensure that the end of your section is wrapped around the iron otherwise you will create a curl with a straight or crooked end.

c.  Depending on the quality of your curling iron and how hot it is, hold for a few seconds (you should not need more than 15 seconds).

d.  Slowly release the hair from the iron – try not to pull the iron out or you will pull out the curl.

Tip:  you want to create curls that are tighter than the actual look you are after as the curls will drop over time.

e.  Leave the curled section and allow to cool.

f.  Take the next piece of hair from your horizontal section and repeat steps b-e

Continue doing this working your way up your head, and then move onto the sides.  For longer lasting curls, spray each curled section with hairspray.  Once all your hair is curled and cooled, using your hands, pull out the curls slightly (referred to as ‘teasing’ the curls) to separate them.

2.  Straightening irons

This is by far the fasted way to create curls and is a great method for creating looser curls that do not necessarily start right from the top of the head.  In order for this method to work, it is worth using very hot irons.

a.  Clip you hair so that it is out of the way, and take a thin horizontal section of hair from the nape (bottom of the neck area).

If you take a section that is too thick i.e. too much hair, the irons will be less effective and the curl will either not take effect or will not last for very long.

b.  From the section, take a small amount of hair and wrap the top of the hair (nearest the root) around the iron.

c.  Slowly move the iron down the hair and release.

d.  Leave the curled section and allow to cool.

e.  Take the next piece of hair from your horizontal section and repeat steps b-d

Click here to see a video demonstration.

3.  Rollers

Rollers are the most traditional way of curling hair and the method which probably causes the least amount of damage to the hair.  However to use rollers properly, you need to be able to visualise the desired final look and use that to dictate the direction you want to set the rollers in.

Given that there are a few different types of rollers, click here to see a more detailed explanation with pictures on how to use the different types.

4.  Perming

This is a more permanent form of curling and needs to be carried out by a professional stylist as it uses strong chemicals which if used incorrectly can be dangerous.

This is great if you want to commit to the curly look but you need to bear in mind that it can damage the hair and cause it to become dry and brittle.

5.  Pin curls

This is a slightly more professional technique and is by far easier to carry out on someone else rather than yourself.

It is where you shape the curl and secure it with a pin – no rollers, no irons.  It is time consuming and needs to be kept in place for a good length of time to take effect, but the results can be beautiful, it causes virtually no damage to the hair, and you are in total control of the sort of curl you are creating.

Click here to see how.

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