I, like many other women I know, find it very difficult to curl my hair with straighteners. I use the new ghds which now have a bevelled edge for curling, but I still end up with ‘squirls’ (I think I may have just made up a new word, but basically mean square curls). I have got curling tongs but I find that the curls done with straighteners stay in the hair much longer as there is more heat on them, this does mean more heat damage though so do be careful how often you do this.
Anyway, WAM very kindly sent me a pair of their hybrid styling irons to try out and they’re fab. They’re great at straightening but I absolutely LOVE them for curling. The barrel is completely rounded and has grips on it to stop the hair from slipping off and produces a gorgeous, natural curl. Once you get the hang of it, it is very easy, and these straighteners make it so much better. To be fair to other straighteners, how you prepare the hair does make a huge difference. Heat protection is important, but you do need to make sure the hair is dry, so when using a heat protection spray, wait until it has completely dried into the hair before using it.
Even better though is to use something on wet hair and dry it in, it will work just as well this way as if you put it directly on dry hair. ghd do a great spray specifically for this called Creation Spray which goes onto dry hair but then dries in quickly and keeps the style in place.
So, here's a bit of a step-by-step, no pictures though so I hope it makes sense!
1 – Section the hair into two parts, top and bottom. I take the section around from the eye line and pin the hair to the top of my head.
2 – Taking sections of hair around 1 – 1.5 inches thick, hold the straightener as you would normally, then twist your hand upside down, clamp the hair between the plates high up at the root if you want a strong curl or near to the ends for a loose wave and twist your hand back round to normal whilst pulling through the hair. The faster you go, the looser the curl. I usually do it so that the iron ends up vertical to my head so it can be smoothly pulled out of the curl.
3 – Then section the remainder of hair in two, each side of your parting and repeat this process. If you need to re - curl any of it, wait until it is cool first.
4 – Once all the hair is cool, run your fingers through it to break up the ringlets et voila! Gorgeous, shiny curls.
If I want my hair to have a nice, natural curl I usually do it the night before, cover it with hairspray and sleep on it, then just run some product through it to smooth the next day, I actually prefer it like this on me.
The must have products you need for this are:
Some kind of smoothing cream/serum to put on straight away after breaking up the curls. I use Schwarzkopf Osis Curl Me Soft Velvet Curl Cream (RRP £9.90) which gives a light hold but smoothes really nicely and leaves a gorgeous shine with really defined curls.
TIGI Curls Rock Curl Booster (RRP £10.80) is one of the best hair products I’ve ever used. I absolutely swear by this stuff when curling my hair, especially if I do it the night before and want to revamp the curls. Use this after smoothing and before hairspray, or on its own to revitalise curls.
I don’t really have a favourite hairspray but L’Oreal Professionnel’s tecni-art gloss control spray (RRP £9.45) leaves a lovely shine and holds really well, without being too sticky.
Senscience Silk Finish Hairspray (£10.95) is gorgeous, doesn’t even feel like it's on the hair but holds really well. It also lasts for ages so although it’s a luxury product, it is worth the money.
Of course, there’s also everyone’s favourite cheap ‘n’ cheerful hairspray, Elnett (RRP £2.25). Not much to say about this one apart from it’s as famous as it is for a reason, cheap and good!