These five hair curling techniques are designed to teach you how to create different types of curls using your curling iron. We will show you how to create the different styles of curls. These curling techniques are easy and effective to do to achieve long lasting curls all day.
- Flat Wrap Hair with a Curling Iron
Our hair curling tool of choice for this technique is a 1″ inch curling iron. Remember to use a heat protectant spray before using your curling iron! This flat wrapped technique creates a wide curl with lots of volume. The final results will resemble loose curls. However, the tightness of the curl depends on the width and thickness of your sections.
Take a vertical section and mist with a thermal heat spray to protect your hair from the heat. Then, use a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute the product. Choose the direction you want the hair to curl, either toward your face or away from your face.
Focus on keeping the section flat while wrapping it around your curling iron. Remember, don’t twist the hair around the iron.
Continue to wrap the hair around the iron until you get to the ends. To create more natural looking curls, don’t curl the last 2″.
2. Lazy Curl with a Curling Iron
Begin with your first section and mist with a thermal heat spray from at least 6″ away to protect the hair. Gather the section, elevate to 90 degrees with thumb and index finger.
Place the curling iron in front of the section with the barrel of the iron behind the section. Holding the section, face thumbnail up and flat wrap around the iron (do not twist the hair around the barrel when doing a flat wrap). After you complete the flat wrap, hold the section and roll the iron close near the scalp and allow the section to heat completely before moving on.
Holding the section, remove the barrel from the hair and turn it so the barrel is not in front of the section. Place the iron in the spot where your last curl was made and repeat the process, flat wrap, roll the iron and close.
3. Spiral Curls with a Curling Iron
Begin by taking a small section and mist with a thermal heat spray from at least 6″ away to protect the hair. Twist the entire section from the base to ends. Instead of twisting you can also braid the section of hair.
The key here is to twist the section and wrap it around the curling iron all in the same direction. If you want to curl away from the face, twist and wrap in the outwards direction from your face.
Wrap the entire twist section around your curling iron and let it heat up.
4. Red Carpet Waves with a Curling Iron
Begin with your first section and mist with a thermal heat spray from at least 6″ away to protect the hair. Gather the section, elevate to 90 degrees with thumb and index finger and over direct to the corner of the clients eye. Place the curling iron in front of the section with the barrel of the iron behind the section.
(Be sure to keep the hair in fingers close to the barrel at all times). Holding the section, face thumbnail up and then twist the hair so thumbnail is facing the floor, slide down and wrap. slide the hair up the barrel making sure to keep the thumbnail close to the barrel without closing the blade. (Closing the blades of the barrel will produce lines of demarcation inside the crest).
Repeat the motions until the end of the section: Wrap, twist thumbnail up, thumbnail down, wrap, twist, thumbnail up, thumbnail, down, wrap. Once to the end of the section, drop the elbow of the arm that is holding the curling iron, keeping hold of this section. While holding the end of the section with the thumbnail turn the curling iron in the opposite direction for more tension, allowing the heat to do its job.
5. Ribbon Curl with a Flat Iron
Take a medium size section 1″ in length and 1/2″ in width and prep with a thermal heat spray. Hold the section in one hand and your flat iron in the other with the iron vertical and your palm facing the head.
Pinch section at base, as you pinch, fold hand so palm faces you (still holding the section with left hand). Slowly slide flat iron down to the end of the hair shaft and release hair, this will allow the hair to spring into a ribbon curl.
Use your hands to shake the curls out and finish with a flexible hold hairspray to keep the curls in place.
Release the section and your loose waves will appear. Add some light oil serum to help tame any frizz and for extra shine
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