A curling iron/hot tongs or
can help you achieve body and curls, ringlets or swirls. Similar curled hair style effects can also be created with your hot styling tool (e.g. GHD type iron) the difference between the finished curl effect is that with tongs (which have a round barrel) the curls are more uniform and ringlet like.
Hair Tips and Techniques:
- For added volume on fine hair
begin by spraying a volumizer in at the roots before you dry
sure hair 100% dry before you begin to tong it.
- To get the look to last longer,
spray each section of hair, with hair spray before you curl it.
- For something different curl
close to the root, rather than rolling hair, the traditional
way, up from the bottom. (Caution: Don't place the iron so close
to the scalp that you burn yourself!)
- For a spiral look to your curls
twist the section of hair before wrapping it around the roller.
- For a wave, use the tongs across
the hair and don't roll hair around them at all. Repeat down
the hair inserting the tongs in opposite directions to create
the in and outward curve of the wave.
- Experiment with your thin ceramic irons as they are not just for straightening your hair. Wrap sections around them and slowly slide them out for a curled effect or simply twist your wrist as you slide down a section of hair for a loose curled look.
- After curling use a little bit
of gel or oil and your fingers to loosen up too-tight curls.
Tight ringlets or the "Shirley Temple" is not what you are after
unless you want your hair to look too set or old-fashioned.
Remember tongs or curling irons or any direct heat appliance will
damage your hair if used too often, especially if you don't use a thermal protector. Alternatively
you could try making old-fashioned rag ringlets.
Courtesy of Noddies
on King, Sydney Australia
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