Curling your hair can be a tricky job, especially when you don’t know what tool you should be using to get the wavy, soft or tight curls you want. To get the perfect romantic hair style you love, do you use a curling iron, or a flat iron? Which type of curl will each tool produce?

Let us break down the differences, tips, tricks, pros and cons, and tell you which one you should use.

Getting curly with your curling iron

Curling irons are designed to create curls – so you know this tool is up to the task! Curling irons can be great for beginners as the clamp holds hair easily in place while curling. Curling irons are great at creating even curls that go in a variety of directions, which will give you a more natural look.

One of the best things you can do is purchase a professional tool, this will allow you to adjust the heat setting, which can help minimize damage. If you have sensitive hair that is prone to breakage, keep the heat settings below 180 degrees. However, if you have super thick hair you can keep your iron hotter, as it will help your hair retain the curl better.

The secret to flat iron curls

Flat irons are traditionally used to straighten hair but you can also use it to create some pretty amazing curls! They’re a great all-in-one tool if you don’t want to spend a ton of money on hair tools. However, be aware that not all flat irons are perfect for making curls, so you might want to do your research before blowing your cash on one that’s not up to the task. Using a flat iron to curl your hair is kind of like learning to ride a bike – wobbly and awkward at first, but sexy and fun once you get the hang of it. It can be tough to get tinier curls with a flat iron as they mostly come in larger sizes than curling irons. Unlike curling irons, the heat on most flat irons often isn’t adjustable and people with more sensitive hair may find them too hot for curling. Just like when using a curling iron, make sure to use a heat-protecting spray and to pay attention when using a flat iron.

Final thoughts

Which tool is best for you? It depends on your style. A flat iron is a great multipurpose tool that creates sexy, beachy waves and curls, but takes practice. Curling irons make curls almost fool proof, but they’re limited to only one size unless you go with a tapered wand or interchangeable barrels.

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