There are so many types of curling irons and so many ways to use them that when I received a request for a tutorial, I was overwhelmed with the possibilities. Consequently, I’m sure this is just the first of many curling iron how-tos. Big thanks to Jaime from Prudent Baby for the question.
Personally, I prefer messy texture over tight ringlets. Here is the easiest way to create loose, modern curls using a curling iron. Make sure that your hair is dry. It would be prudent for you to apply a heat protectant to your hair before you style it.
You will need:
• A curling iron (mine is 1″ in diameter but if your hair is longer, feel free to use a bigger barrel)
• Rattail comb (preferably carbon so that won’t melt)
1. Start at the bottom. Section horizontally about 1 ½ inches from your nape and clip the rest of your hair out of the way.
2. Take a small vertical subsection (no wider than your iron and less if your hair is thick). Pull it straight out (remember your base control?), comb it and hit it with your hairspray or a pre-iron spray like Shu Uemura’s Iron Design. Clamp the curling iron on the strand, leaving the ends out and begin to wind up the barrel of your iron like you are wrapping tape on a tennis racket.
3. When you get close to your head, place the comb between yourself and the iron to prevent burns. This is especially important around your ears. Wait until the wrapped hair feels hot.
4. To release, open the clamp a little and pull straight down to elongate the curl. Immediately run your fingers through it to loosen and separate. Clear as mud? Ok, ok – watch the painfully embarrassing video if you must.
5. Keep working up the head in this same manner. Try to alternate the direction you are wrapping the curls in.
6. Give it all a final spray.
7. Pose for a pic and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My hair is still on the shorter side, especially in the back. I curled this mannequin really quickly in the same manner so you can see what it would look like on longer hair. Please forgive her; she’s never had a haircut so her ends are pretty tragic.
If you have trouble getting your curls to stay curly, your hair is probably healthy, clean, or both. So, that’s a good problem, right? Don’t be afraid of product. Get some in there before you blow dry and spray on a good, strong hairspray before and after you curl each strand. You don’t have to run your fingers through the curl right away to loosen it either since it will likely drop on its own.