Having long hair can often be a burden and a joy at the same time, especially if you need some serious body to accessorise those super-straight locks. Curling your hair is the best way to give the illusion of some volume, especially if you love to experiment with your hairstyles.
But the technique itself takes a lot of practice, coupled with the fact that your hair might not make it last the distance! Below are just a few different ways to curl long hair, and keep it looking fabulous all day.
One of the easiest and time efficient ways to curl your hair is with a straightening iron, (especially if you want to keep your hairstyling products to a minimum). Start with freshly washed and dried hair, making sure that you’ve applied a heat-protectant to the ends.
Start by seectioning off your hair and grab pieces which are as thin as you index finger, since this will give the best hold. Glide the straightener through your hair (starting from your roots), then twist the straightener over the length of your hair. This should be a very fluid motion, since resting the straightener on your hair for a long time will instead cause kinks.
There are so many curling wands out on the market, thin barrels, thick barrels, clamps, and even clamp-less – and this just comes down to your personal preference. If you’re starting out, then think about investing in a clamp-less curling wand, this makes it so much easier to achieve a natural curl. The thicker the barrel, the more natural your curls will become.
If you are using a curling wand equipped with a clamp, just remember that it essentially works the same way as a straightener. Don’t apply too much pressure to the hair, since it could get locked in and create an artificial curl which won’t suit your face.
Cloud Nine: The Wand, $299
Rollers are a great way to give your hair a boost of volume if you have the time. As always, if you want a defined curl, use a smaller pair of hot rollers. Wrap thin sections of hair over the roller working from your ends up to the scalp.
Babyliss Pro Multi Size Hot Roller Set, $159.95
Of course we’ve left the easiest one until last! Plaits are a super easy way to achieve a bit of texture in your hair, especially if you can sleep in them! Section off hair into two parts, and create a loose plait before securing the end with a hair tie.
How do you prefer to curl your hair?
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