In the case that you were not blessed with a naturally curly hair, you must have spent your fair share of time in front of youtube tutorials on how to curl your hair. Even you have formed a sentimental attachment to your curling iron while you are trying to imitate those bouncy curls and cascading waves which you always dream about.
Well, rest assured because your worries are over with the advent of hair curling irons. These are little magical instruments that can turn your spiky straight hair curly within a twinkle of an eye. In fact, they work to keep your hair poised and naturally perfect. But then, you know that nothing good comes easy and as a matter of fact, using a hair curling iron to curl your thick hair is not as easy as it may sound and that’s why we have carried out an in-depth research on how to curl your thick hair with a curling iron so as to help you find it easy.
Curling your thick hair may be easy to achieve as long as you prepare it accurately and also use the right products and tools with the right techniques. Therefore, if you are hankering after a tightly wound ringlet or tousled beachy waves, this steps will guide you to learn how to get it and also master your curling iron at the same time.
How To Using Curling Iron On Thick Hair For Curly Hairstyle
Part 1: How to Curl Your Thick Hair?
- This is by getting your hair and curling iron ready. You should start by making sure that your hair is well cleaned and dry. Even if your hair is not freshly washed, always make sure that it is clean, well moisturized and dry before you begin. But whereby your hair is dirty, oily and has remnants of hair products on it, thoroughly wash your hair with a mild shampoo, condition it with your favorite conditioner, rinse and let it dry completely.
For you to get a healthier hair that will be easy to curl, go for an anti-frizz shampoo and conditioner which contains jojoba oil, aloe, honey, avocado and some other moisturizing ingredients and these will make your thick hair softer and more manageable to style. While washing your hair, avoid using too much shampoo because this could strip your hair of its natural oils just use the recommended amount and dilute it a bit with water to help it work through your hair.
- Choose the perfect curling iron to use:. Selecting the accurate curling iron to use is very important because you have to make sure of two things first of all you have to make sure that the material will be better than others for your thick hair and that the barrel size will help you create the many curly styles that you want. Most professionals recommend the ceramic and titanium curling irons because they generate enough even heat in a very little time and this means that the can penetrate the roots of your thick curls better than any other curling iron materials. If you want to get loose curls and waves, you should go for a curling iron that has a thicker barrel like 1 or 2 inches whereas if you want to get smaller tighter curls and ringlets, you should look for smaller barreled curling irons with 3 quarter inches.
- Preheat Your Curling Iron:. In order not to create damages to your hair, make sure to always use a high quality curling iron that is designed with an adjustable temperature control. And for your thick hair, you should start off from 200 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and observe how your hair responds to the curls. If your hair is healthy and seems to need more heat, you can then increase the temperature but make sure not to exceed 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Sectionalize Your Hair: Using a wide-toothed comb or a plastic tipped brush, comb your hair very well then divide it into the top side and the bottom side but if your hair is very thick, you can divide it into three sections then proceed to curl your hair starting from the bottom to the top. Remember to clip up the top sections and leave the down sections loose and free so as to start working from there. After curling the bottom section, you can now let down the top sides and curl them one after the other.
- Do Not Forget To Apply A Heat Protecting Spray To Each Section: You should know that thick hairs are also prone to heat damage, therefore it is very important to protect it. When you want to start curling each section, make sure to spray each section with a heat protecting setting spray or mist which will prevent heat damage to your hair and also help to hold the curls. Remember to hold the spray at least 6 inches away from your hair to avoid soaking your hair and then comb each sprayed section thoroughly before styling.
Part 2: If you want Different types of curl for Thick Hair
- If You Want To Get Beach Waves: These are those loose and wavy curled styles that you get after your hair has been exposed to fresh salty air day long. For you to get this look, wrap the top section of your hair flat around the vertical barrel the same way you did for the flat curl and then let it sit for about 5 to 10 seconds. Then continue on with the rest of the sections just that you will be alternating between vertical and horizontal barrel for each new other sections.
- If you want to get a flat curl: Hence your hair has been prepared; you can now use different techniques to get different types of curls such as the flat curl which will result in a full and voluminous curl. Starting from the top that is nearer to the root, begin to wrap the hair around the barrel and make sure to keep a hold on the tip of the section always. Endeavor to keep the hair smooth as you wrap and don’t twist it. By curling the hair nearer to the root than the tips, it will make your thick hair curls last longer. While you are still holding the tip of the section, close your blades and pull the curler away from your head as you rotate the barrel to make sure that the hair feeds through again. If you do this for 5 to 10 seconds, you can let your hair loose. To prevent the curls from dropping, stretching and losing its shape, you should cup the curls with your hands to cool for a few seconds.
- If You Want To Go For A Spiral Curl: Take a section of your hair and twist it all through the length of the section, then you wrap the twisted version around the vertical barrel of the curling iron. Then release the blade and hold it in place for a few seconds and you then put two fingers on top of the hair. If you get the feeling that the hair is heating up, slowly let out the hair without destroying the curls and cup the curls in place without destroying the curls. Due to the fact that your hair is twisted around the barrel of the curling iron for this curl, it will not be easy again for the iron to heat up at the specified time and that is the reason you have to go by your feeling of when the iron is heating up rather than the set time.
- If You Want To Finger Comb All The Hair Styles And Set It With Hair Spray: No matter the style you may have chosen, you should finger comb your hair after curling and apply a hair spray to it immediately it cools down. And by doing this, you will loosen the curls and this will give them a more relaxed and natural look while the hairspray will keep the styles long lasting. All you have to do is just to run your fingers once or twice through your hair and then apply the hair spray voila!!! Your hair is set and ready to go for the whole day. But in a situation where you don’t have hairspray or that you don’t want to use it, all you have to do is to clip or pin the tip of each curl to your head instead letting it flow freely as you go and by doing this, you are helping the curls to set and stay. When you might have finished doing this to each of the sections, then proceed to release them one after the other in order of how you styled them.
In summary, you should know that there is no hair you have which cannot be curled or be manipulated to your taste. All you have to do is to invest in a good quality curling iron that is easy for you to operate and maintain also a good quality hair product and following the hair curling technique is shown above, your thick hair styling problems are over and done with.