By mastering the use of a hair iron, you can enjoy a variety of styling options. Here are some techniques for creating curls with a straight iron as well as a curling iron.
Pre-care is a prerequisite for beautiful curls
To create beautiful curls, preparation before using an iron is essential. This so-called “pre-care” step improves the curl’s finish and holding power.
The first step in pre-care is to neatly align the hair surface. Tangled hair and sleepy hair can be pre-conditioned by running a comb through the hair to create curls that are not frizzy.
Next, apply a styling product for curls, but wait until the hair is thoroughly dry, as wet hair makes it difficult for the iron to work and causes damage. This completes the pre-care for curls.
Techniques for successfully creating curls with a curling iron
First, slide the half-open iron from the root of the hair bundle to the beginning of the curl and clamp it at that position. Then, rotate the iron and glide it through the curls to the ends, hold for 3 seconds, and pull it out. Immediately after pulling out the curls, let the hair cool on your hand to prevent the curls from collapsing.
You can also change the look of the curls depending on how you rotate the iron. For elegant inward curls, rotate the iron inward. For glamorous outward curls, rotate the iron outward.
Alternating the inner and outer curls on each strand of hair with a mix of curls will create a natural-looking curl.
Techniques for creating curls with a straightening iron
If you don’t have a curling iron, there is no need to give up curls. It is possible to create curls with a straightening iron, and straightening irons have the advantage of making it easier to create shiny styles.
Let’s start with the easy one-curl method. Clamp the iron in the middle of the hair bundle, rotate the iron in the direction you want to curl the hair, and slide it toward the ends to create a curl.
To create more curls, clamp the iron where you want to start curling the hair bundle and move it toward the ends while repeatedly curling inward and outward to create a series of curls.
Techniques for creating beach waves with a straightening iron
A technique that combines hair twisting and a straightening iron can also be used to create a carefree beach wave.
Twist a pinch of hair with your fingertips and move the twisted hair around the straightening iron while clamping it and applying heat. In a similar fashion, twist all the hair in small sections and apply heat, then wait for the hair to cool and untwist it to complete the beach waves.
A hair iron is a useful item that allows you to add different arrangements to your hair. Even if you only have a straight iron, you can create both curls and waves with the right technique.