For years straight-haired women have envied the big and bouncy tresses of curly haired women. In an effort of replicating the waves of ringlets women will often spend hours in front of the mirror with a curling iron in hand hair spray at the ready. While the girls may live up to expectations for an hour or so, they will indubitably fall limp and lifeless before the day is (even half-way) over. This let down is faced by far too many women far too often, which is why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of tips and tricks you need to maintain exceptional curls right from the start; think of this as your big and bouncy curls toolbox!
Different heat tools produce different curls: it seems obvious, right? Yet women expect that they can achieve this kind of curl and that kind of curl all with the same heat tool. It’s just not possible. The list below defines what kind of tool you need to achieve the specific curl you’re looking for.
- For tight, Shirley Temple spiral curls, use a small-barrel marcel style curling iron.
- For loose botteclli, Scarlet Johansson springy curls use a graduated or conical curling wand.
- For s’wavy and voluminous, Anne Hathaway loose curls, use a medium-barrel curling iron.
- For natural looking, Selena Gomez loose curls, use hot rollers.
The material always matters: with so many options of all different products to choose from, it’s okay to be a material girl! It’s also important to understand know the differences between the common curling iron barrel materials – ceramic, tourmaline, and titanium – check it out:
- Ceramic curling irons: known best for their even heat distribution which is important when avoiding heat damage; they also emit negative ions which moisturize and smooth the hair being curled.
- Tourmaline curling irons: it’s said that tourmaline has the ability to emit six times more negative ions which impacts the hair by smoothing the cuticle leaving every stand extra shiny.
- Titanium curling irons: also appreciated for its even heat distribution; they also provide the smoothest curling surface which prevents snagging, sticking, and snapping during the curling process.
Do you need some ice? Because your hair looks burnt: just like all types of heat tools aren’t created equal, hair type isn’t created equal either! One of the biggest mistakes women make when curling (and straightening) their hair is setting their heat tools to the improper temperature. Not only is this potentially literally burn your hair, but it also means you’re less likely to get the desired results. Assuming that your heat tools have an actual numeric temperature setting, make sure to adjust it accordingly the next time you heat that puppy up:
- If you have thin-to-medium hair, it’s important to keep the temperature of heat tools between 100 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you have medium-to-thick hair, you’ll benefit most by keeping your heat tools set between 200 and three hundred degrees Fahrenheit.
- If you’re considering to set your heat tool all the way up to 400 or 500 degrees Fahrenheit, just don’t. Unless your stylist says that it’s safe for your hair to use that much heat, then the thought shouldn’t even cross your mind considering the amount of damage you’ll be causing.