I’m sure whoever invented the curling iron thought they were making hairstyling easier, but clearly they had never considered what would happen when it got into the wrong hands. A hot rod coming near my face is a recipe for disaster and I feel like my curling iron is a torture device. But the real problem is that I don’t know how to use the iron properly. Let us share with you some of the common curling iron mistakes women make at home.

You’ve got the iron up too hot.

The optimal temperature for your hot tool is around 180 degrees celsius. At that temperature, the hydrogen bonds in the hair will break, then reform in the shape of the curls. Using an iron set at over 180 degrees celsius can melt the keratin on the outside of the cuticle and once that keratin is compromised you’ll get heat damage.

Your hair is too damp when you apply heat.

Your hair should be 100 percent dry before you apply direct heat like a curling iron, flatiron, or curling wand. (A hairdryer is OK because the tool doesn’t touch the hair directly.) Water weakens the bonds in the hair. Putting a curling iron to wet hair can sizzle the cuticle, causing a vertical crack in the strand. That’s also known as a split end.

 You’re not using heat protector

Heat protectant might just seem like an extra step, but studies show that they actually work! When you spray on heat protector, it creates a barrier that smooths the cuticle, protects keratin from heat damage by distributing heat more evenly, and maintains moisture inside the hair strand.

 You’re not sectioning your hair for the look you want.

Let’s talk about parting. It seems like a small detail, but the direction you part your hair can affect the final result. “If you want volume, you’re going to take a horizontal section and curl while lifting from root and if you want a wavy look, use a vertical section.

You’re only curling the hair in one direction.

You get different results based on the direction you curl the hair. Curling everything in the same direction will cause all the hair to flow together, giving you a few big and polished curls. Alternating which way you do each curl gives a more piece-y or tousled look.

You don’t clean your curling iron.

The good news is that bacteria can’t survive at 180 degrees. However, you do need to clean your curling iron after you use it to avoid that black residue building up in the crevices. Just use a damp cloth to wipe away product build-up when the tool is cool and unplugged

If you would like to find out more about the range of irons and tongs we offer, contact Complete Hairdressing Supplies today