If the almighty hair care gods didn’t grant you naturally curly hair, you’ve likely clocked your fair share of time in front of YouTube tutorials on how to curl hair. And perhaps your curling iron has become your BFF as you’ve tried to fake the bouncy curls and flowing waves of your dreams.

Curling irons are indeed magical little devices that can turn straight hair curly in an instant, and simply add definition and perfection to natural curls. But as easy as that last declarative statement sounds, they can actually be quite tricky to master. That’s why we went to a pro to get the 411 on the best types of irons for your hair type and texture, the tried and true methods for how to curl hair into a lasting look, and the expert techniques that will turn your hair into frizz-free ringlets every time you style.

Choose the Right Barrel Size

All curling irons were not created equal, so if you want to keep your hair healthy (and get the perfect style) while curling your hair, you need to know what to look for in a curling iron. The barrel size you choose for curling your hair should be based on the look you want to achieve. The bigger the barrel, the bigger the curl.

Curl Hair with the Right Heat Setting

It’s really heating up now. Your hair type should determine how to curl hair, believe it or not, especially when determining your heat setting. You’ll need an iron with variable heat settings in order to control it. If your hair is fine, fragile or color treated, use a lower heat setting — below 200 degrees — to avoid burning or damaging your hair. If you have already curly, coarse or thick hair, you can go higher — between 200-300 degrees.

Know Your Curling Irons and What They’re Made Of

What’s the secret to mastering how to curl hair like a pro? Knowing your curling irons. Just like our hair, curling irons come in all shapes and sizes and are made with different materials. Knowing which curling iron is best suited for you could just be your hair-curling saving grace.

How to Curl Fine Hair

This prep is specifically tailored for the ladies in need of learning how to curl hair that’s fine. Once you’ve found the iron that best suits your needs, the next crucial step to curling your hair like a pro is preparing your hair for the heat it’s about to endure. If your hair needs a little volume boost before curling your strands, start by washing and conditioning with a product to give your hair volume or while your hair is still damp, spray a thermal heat protectant from roots to ends to prevent damage.

 How to Curl Thick Hair

Ladies with thicker hair need to prep a little differently before curling hair. Look at your hair: If you hair doesn’t appear oily, don’t wash it before curling. Just apply a dry shampoo, to your roots to give extra lift and staying power. To give curls extra shine and hydration, apply a lightweight hair serum. Finally, use a strong-hold hair spray on your entire head to define curls and fight frizz.

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