Curling Iron Mistakes
December 7, 2015
Are You Making These 5 Mistakes with Your Curling Iron?
Adding a few curls can be a simple and effective way to give your hair a little extra zing, even if your hair happens to be short. If you don’t use a curling iron every day, it can get tricky. Here are five common mistakes, and how to fix them:
- A too-large or too-small barrel
Curling irons come in a range of sizes from ⅜ inch to 2 inches. If you have short hair, or if you want tight ringlets, choose a curling iron with a barrel smaller than an inch. For larger curls, go with a curling iron with a 1.25 or 1.5 inch barrel. Use a 2 inch barrel to curl the ends of your hair or for soft waves.
- Curling too much hair at once
You should always section your hair with clips, especially if you’re hair happens to be particularly thick. Doing this will ensure that you don’t miss any spots. It will also keep the rest of your hair out of the way while you focus on each section. Bonus trick: Start with hair near the nape of your neck and work your way up.
- Setting the iron too hot
Too much heat can damage your hair, so it’s important to use the least amount of heat you can while creating the curl. Hair that is fine, fragile, or thin is especially prone to damage, making it especially crucial to use the lowest setting available. Steer clear of irons that have only one setting in favor of an iron with several settings. For the same reason, you should minimize the time your hair is on the barrel. For some people, a few seconds per section is plenty. Experiment with lower temperatures and shorter exposure times to find the best temperature and time to protect your hair from damage while getting a beautiful curl.
- Going the wrong direction
Curl your hair out and away from your face, in the direction of the side you’re working on. So if you’re curling your hair on the right, curl to the right, and on the left, curl to the left.
- Curling your hair when it’s wet
Wet hair is far more prone to damage by heat than dry hair. Even hair that is barely damp will sustain some degree of damage. Make sure your hair is completely dry before curling. It’s best if you can air dry it, but if you’re in a hurry, you can finish it off with a blow dryer. Some people get better results if they don’t wash their hair for a day, while others prefer to curl their hair when it is freshly washed. Experiment to determine which method gives you the best results.