If your hair needs a bit of volume and texture, why not try sexy, cascading waves with your curling iron? There are traditional methods of creating waves, such as the ones mentioned in our article Simple Tips for Sexy Waves, but using a curling iron you can obtain results a lot faster.
The barrel size of a curling iron influences the type and size of the wave, so choose a large barrel (up to 2 inches) or use a double/triple barrel curling iron to do the job.
Now, let’s see how to create those luscious waves!
• Heat the barrel to medium or high temperature if the model you own has settings. Test the curling iron out on a lock of hair to check if the barrel is hot enough to use for curling the rest.
• Remember to use a styling product and thermal protectant like Pro Naturals Moroccan Oil before applying the curling iron to your locks. The styling product can keep a firm hold on the waves so that they last longer. Use a manageable product such as a light hold mousse or gel. This will guarantee natural looking waves instead of stiff ones.
• Choose a section of hair about 1 to 1 ½ inches thick, and wrap it around the hot barrel. Start by wrapping the ends of the section around the barrel first and rolling it all the way around until it is about 2 inches from your roots. A clipless curling iron like the Karmin Salon Pro Clipless allows you to accomplish this a lot easier. For extra waves, twirl the lock of hair with your fingers before you wrap it around the barrel. Hold it there for about 10 seconds and release the hair.
• Do this with medium to large sections of hair until it is all wavy. Finish with a light hold hairspray to keep the style in place and to hold the waves. You can tousle the waves gently with your fingers to separate them, giving your style a more natural appearance.