NWR: Who here knows how to use a curling iron?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 18
3736 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

If you get a wand and your hair doesn’t curl easily, make sure you get one that gets hot enough. Mine goes up to around 400 F. I bought a cheaper one in the past that was only around $25 and you definitely get what you pay for. My curls wouldn’t even last a couple of hours with that one.

Post # 19
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My hair is just over shoulder length and I have a 1.5 inch 🙂

Post # 20
423 posts
Helper bee

megrays :  I was always super bad at curling my hair too. I bought a curling wand off of groupon (it’s a bargain! tongue-out) and since then I have gotten much better at it. Whether you want curls or waves depends on how your wrap your hair around the barrel too, so keep that in mind.

Mine also came with gloves but I don’t use them, they always seemed to stick to hair or just not allow me to handle it in the same way. 

Post # 21
2487 posts
Buzzing bee

I use a Hot Tools model, and curl away from my face as others have described. I do have to get it very hot (at least 400) for it to hold the curl on my thick hair, though. 

Post # 22
2701 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t get the curling wands. I bought one and burned off all my fingerprints using it. I also don’t care for the curls they make. You’re really mostly putting a few curls down the length of your hair and not giving any volume or direction to the top. When I was growing up, we used a curling iron you heated on the stove so that’s what I’m more comfortable with – the kind that has two “tongs” but no spring clamp. It’s called Marcel Grip and of course they’re electric now. The kind with the spring clamp leaves an annoying line in your hair where it grabs. I can also make awesome curls with a flat iron but it takes a lot of practice. It’s all in the wrist!

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