There was not much room for curly hair in the structured elegant styles of the sixties. Just look at the poor Supremes and think of the jars and bottles of relaxers and straighteners they probably went through on tours. And what about the girls at home using regular irons and ironing boards to get that perfectly sleek look? Times have certainly changed!
Nowadays, we embrace our curls. We have curling irons to create them, curling products to maintain them and curling shampoos to keep them clean. Even Diana Ross has gone curly! Whether you’re going for the Diana Ross look, or something a bit more tame, here’s a little crash course on creating the perfect curl.
Heat the Curling Iron
Its important to give your curling iron some time to heat up. If you try to use it before it reaches the right temperature, the curls won’t hold. Try to keep it on the lowest temperature possible for minimal damage. Three hundred and twenty degrees is a good guide for fine hair. Thicker hair can take up to 420.
Completely Dry Hair
A hot iron and damp hair can be a bad combination. The water will turn to steam and can seriously damage hair. Make sure your hair is completely dry before starting.
Brush Out Tangles
Begin by gently brushing out snags at the ends of your hair and work your way up. This will help reduce damage like split ends.
Heat Protection Spray
If you use heat to style your hair, this is a really important step. Just spray it all over your hair before you curl.
Split Hair into Sections
One of the most common mistakes made when curling hair is the failure to include this part. Splitting hair into sections will help make sure you get all your hair and that everything comes out looking the same. Pin up the top section of your hair. Grab everything above your ears and pin it. When the bottom section is finished, unclip your hair to let out a little more. Do this gradually until all your hair is done. Using bigger sections of hair will give you bigger curls, using smaller sections will give you tighter curls.
Take a small section of hair and wrap it around the curling iron. If the clamp is near the handle, position the hair at the end of the hair at the end of the barrel and close clamp to secure. Proceed to twist the entire section of hair around the iron, rolling it upwards. If your iron does not have a clamp, begin near the top of your hair and use your hand to place a section of hair around the iron, holding it in place while the section curls.
Hold Iron in Place
You will need to hold the iron in place for about 10 seconds to let the hair curl. Release it. If it is still a little flat, try pinning it until you get the desired effect.
For a looser effect, run your fingers through your hair a few times. You can also turn your head upside down and separate the curls with your fingers. Avoid using a hairbrush, as this will loosen the curls, unless you want a more wavy effect.
This will help to keep the curls from falling out. For tight curls, you can spray each curl individually, for a looser style, wait for curls to relax and spray your entire head. A loose hold hairspray is best for making sure your curls aren’t too stiff looking.
Did it work? Let us know! And what are your quick tips for the perfect curl? We love to hear from you!