The Quick Trick That Makes Curling Your Hair a Piece of Cake

Big, bouncy, shiny curls are a great way to glam up your look, whether you prefer beachy waves or tighter ringlets. If you weren’t blessed with naturally curly hair and don’t want to spend a ton of time on your hair, we have tips to create easy curls.


Pick Your Material

  • The material your curling iron or wand is made of can have a big impact on how it curls your hair.
    Ceramic evenly distributes heat to minimize damage, and the negative ions help your hair retain moisture and appear smooth.
  • A tourmaline curling iron emits six times more negative ions, which helps smooth the cuticles of your hair and leaves your hair shiny.
  • Titanium also distributes heat evenly and creates a smooth surface that prevents snagging and sticking.


Size Matters

For tighter curls, a small-barreled iron is your best bet. If you strive for looser waves, try a larger barreled iron.

  • A 2-inch wand is best for long hair. A barrel this size will create gentle, relaxed waves, or a soft bend at the end of your hair.
  • A 1.75- or 1.5-inch curling iron is great for large, loose, voluminous waves and curls. These sizes can add subtle shape to long hair and give you bouncy curls. Use your fingers to rake through the ringlets for added body and a more tousled look.
  • A 1.25-inch barrel is great for medium, loose, everyday curls. You can leave the curls tight, or brush them out slights for a more un-done look. This size curling iron is great for any length of hair.
  • A 1-inch curling iron produces full, defined waves, and it’s a must-have for short or medium-length hair. It is also versatile and can be used for both retro waves and beachy styles.
  • A 3/4- or 5/8-inch barrel gives smooth, tight, spiral curls. If you have naturally curly hair but want to create some more definition, these small irons are great for smoothing out frizzy strands, sprucing up tight curls and defining up-dos. The ¾-inch size is also great for creating all-over texture.
  • A 3/8-inch iron is queen of all super-curly hair tools. Use an iron of this size to gett super-tight kinky curls. You can also rake your fingers through after using an iron of this size for full volume.


Fast Tips

  • If you have short hair, use a smaller-barreled iron facing downward to create messy waves.
  • Tighter curls on the underside of your hair will help to create a bouncy, more voluminous look.
  • When wrapping your hair around the barrel, think about the look you want to achieve. A spiral wrap creates a more twisted curl, while a flat wrap around the barrel create a ribbon curl (a la Shirley Temple). You can also do a combo of these wrap techniques to create a textured wave.
  • Instead of clipping your hair to the end and spinning the iron up, clip in closer to the roots and twirl your hair through the clamp. Or if you’re using a wand, start at the top and wind down, omitting the ends of your hair.

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