The EDRÉE Guide to Achieving Perfect Curls with a Curling Iron

Curling iron hair style

Okay, we might be a little biased here, but whether your hair is short, long, or somewhere in between, a curling iron is a versatile tool that can help you transform your look. And like any hair tool, a curling iron requires a certain level of understanding and maintenance to deliver the best results. So, let's jump in.

Buying the right curling iron

When buying a curling iron, consider what your desired style will be. For tighter curls, opt for a thinner iron wand; larger barrels create looser waves. If you want the most flexibility, choose a curling iron with a barrel between 1" to 1.25", which will allow you to do multiple styles. Also, look for adjustable heat settings; high temperatures can damage fine hair, so you want the option to reduce the heat when necessary. Lastly, choose a model with a swivel cord for easy manoeuvring - your peace of mind will thank you later.

How to use your curling iron

The first step is to ensure your hair is completely dry and detangled. For added protection, apply a heat protectant spray tailored to your specific hair type and hair condition. Now, turn on your curling iron and adjust the temperature. Thicker hair can withstand higher temperatures, while finer hair should be curled at a lower heat. Start by taking a small section of hair, about an inch wide, and wrapping it around the barrel of the curling iron. Hold for a few seconds, then gently release. Repeat this process until all your hair is curled.


Achieving beach waves with a curling iron

For beach waves, the process is slightly different. After applying heat protectant, loosely wrap large sections of hair around the barrel. Instead of curling from the roots, start at mid-length and leave the ends out. After releasing the curl, pull on the end of the hair while it's still warm; this will stretch the curl out into a wave. Once all your hair is done, run your fingers through the curls to break them up and add a texturizing spray for that extra beachy vibe.

Curling shorter hair with a curling iron

Curling short hair can be tricky, but it's absolutely possible! The key is to use a smaller barrel and curl small sections of hair at a time. Always curl away from your face for a more natural look. For a modern, tousled effect, leave the ends straight. Once you're done curling, use your fingers to break up the curls and add some volume.



Curling longer hair with a curling iron

For long hair, you'll want to use a barrel that is at least 1" to 1.25" thick. Start by sectioning your hair and curl from the bottom layers up. It may take a little longer, but the results are worth it. Don't forget to curl away from your face and alternate the direction of your curls for a more natural look. This is where having a swivel cord comes in handy. Once done, gently run your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls.

Maintaining your curling iron

Like any other beauty tool, curling irons need regular cleaning to function correctly. When residue from hair products builds up on the iron, it can reduce its effectiveness and potentially damage your hair. To clean, make sure the iron is unplugged and cool. Use a soft damp cloth to wipe down the barrel and remove any build-up gently. For more stubborn debris, use a little rubbing alcohol and a toothbrush. Let it drip dry before using it again. 

And there you have it! By understanding how to use and take care of your curling iron properly, you can style your hair to perfection, regardless of its length or texture.

Discover EDRÉE's range of curling irons here.

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