Indeed, even with all the instructional exercises and items out there intended for assisting you with getting wonderful sea shore waves, it’s actually—we should be genuine—hard to figure out how to twist your hair. Regardless of what sort of iron you use, there’s some sort of expectation to absorb information that goes into calculating the correct method to hold the barrel, how high to set the temperature, and how long to hold your hair in it—and that is accepting you have a standout amongst other hair curlers to begin with.
So for everybody out there who feels more like an eighties prom sovereign than Blake Lively after they twist their hair, we asked Javan Stone, senior beautician at Spoke and Weal in Los Angeles, to help pinpoint what could be turning out badly. Since some of the time the most effortless approach to figure out how to accomplish something is to realize what not to do.
Here is his snappy yet successful once-over of his best hair curler tips and all the styling warnings you should think about—all custom fitted for your hair type and the look you’re going for. Here’s to at long last dominating how to twist your hair, unequivocally.
Blow-dry your hair all the way before you curl
Ever put an iron on your hair and hear it start to sizzle? Yeah, not good. That’s what happens when your hair is still slightly damp. “Starting with a good blow-dry takes time, but you’ll get salon results if you do it that way,” Stone says. “Prep your hair before you blow-dry with a heat protectant and a hold product, then spray it with hairspray before you start curling.” Not only will it keep your hair from frying, but it’ll help set the curl better.
Keep the iron on your hair for no longer than 10 seconds.
Drill it into your brain: You should hold an iron on your hair for eight to 10 seconds max. “You can hold it a little bit longer if your hair is resistant to curls or you want a tighter wave,” Stone says. And make sure to hold each curl for a consistent amount of time. “Holding each section for a different amount of time or starting before the iron is hot enough will mess with the outcome,” he adds.
Pay attention to the angle at which you’re holding the iron while you curl
“If you want more volume, heat the root of your hair first and hold the iron perpendicular to the section—i.e., at a right angle—you’re curling,” Stone says. It should be straight off your head. “If you don’t want volume, hold the iron straight down instead.” If you’re going for big, bouncy curls or a classic blowout look, you’ll want the extra volume. Beach waves more your vibe? Stick holding your wand straight up.
Use a different wrapping technique depending on the type of curl you want
This might seem like a no-brainer, but different types of waves and curls require you to wrap your hair around the barrel differently. “If you want an old-school glamour curl, you want all your hair around the barrel,” Stone says. “If you want modern, messier waves, leave the ends out and start lower down on your head.”
This is also where an iron with a clip can come in handy (to help hold the ends in), whereas a rod iron will help to keep the ends out and loose. (For more on messy waves
Tailor your heat setting for your hair type
You might be tempted to crank up the heat setting on your iron as high as goes—it’ll hold better, right? While it’s true that a hotter temperature sets hair faster, it can also damage your hair if it’s fine, color-treated, or dry. “If you have processed hair, keep the heat a little lower, but if you have healthy hair, feel free to turn it up,” says Stone. No matter your hair type, though, proceed with caution: Use a heat protectant to prevent any long-lasting damage.
Spritz hairspray on before you curl
If you only put on hairspray when you’re done curling your hair, you’ll run more of a risk that your hair will fall flat. “Spray your hair with a light- to firm-hold hairspray like Aveda Air Spray or Control Force to prep it, and also while you set your curls,” Stone says. “This is especially important if your hair is resistant to curls.”
Just note that you want to make sure you’re lighting misting your hair—not saturating it. Use too much, and that’s when you’ll end up with the dreaded burned-hair smell. Also, steer clear of hair oil, Stone says, as it can weigh down your waves.
Make sure you’re using the right barrel size
People often think the bigger the curling iron, the beachier the waves. Not true. “If the iron is too big for your hair length, it’s just going to be a pain to use,” says Stone. You can always brush through tighter curls to make them relax. So, if you have short or medium-length hair, opt for a barrel that’s 1″ in diameter. If you have long hair or want looser curls, go for a 1 ¼” barrel.