How To Curl Your Hair - Tips from a Hair a Professional Stylist

by Brianna Thompson
Curling your hair can add volume, texture, and dimension to your look. Whether you're getting ready for a special occasion or just want to switch up your everyday style, curling your hair can be a great way to do it. However, it can be a bit tricky to get the perfect curl, especially if you're new to the process. Here are some tips to help you get the best results when curling your hair:

Start with clean, dry hair

Avoid curling wet or damp hair because it can cause damage and won't hold the curl well. Blow-dry your hair before you start curling.

Protect your hair.

 Heat can damage your hair, so make sure to use a heat protectant spray before curling. This can help minimize damage and keep your hair looking healthy.

Choose the right curling iron.

The size of the barrel will determine the size of the curls you create. A smaller barrel will give you tighter curls, while a larger barrel will give you looser, more relaxed curls. Choose the right size for the look you're going for. Check out my blog Best Hair Tools | Recommended by The Top NJ Hairstylists ( for the best suggestions. 
Section your hair
Divide your hair into sections, starting at the bottom and working your way up. This will help you curl all of your hair evenly and prevent tangles and keep you organized to create a style that flows well. 

Take sections the size of your iron.

When curling each section, take a piece of hair that matches the size of your chosen iron This will help you create, defined curls based on the size you want them. If you are using a one-inch iron for a medium curl, your section should be an inch wide.

Curl away from your face

 When wrapping your hair around the barrel, be sure to curl away from your face. This will help create a more natural look and prevent your curls from getting in your face. If you want a messy effortless vibe, then feel free to alter the directions.

Start the curl in the middle of the hair.

Starting the curl in the middle of the hair section will give more volume and more definition to the curl, If you start on the ends and work the iron up, the curl will not last or be as defined from root to tip. This is even when you are doing beach waves.

Hold the curl.

Once you've wrapped your hair around the barrel, hold it there for a few seconds before releasing it. This will help set the curl and ensure it holds throughout the day. Check out this amazing post on Instagram from GHD Hair showing these tips:

Don't touch your curls. Wait for them to cool.

It can be tempting to run your fingers through your curls to loosen them up but try to resist. This can cause your curls to fall out and leave you with a frizzy, messy look. You can play with them and touch them once they are completely cool.

Use hairspray.

Once you've finished curling your hair, use a light hairspray to help hold the curls in place. Be sure to spray evenly throughout your hair to avoid any crunchy or sticky spots.
Some of my favorite hairsprays sold here at The Warehouse Salon are: 

Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray (Medium Hold) 

What It Does:

    • Offers a long-lasting, flexible hold and provides a reflective shield of shine that fights frizz and humidity.
    • Brushes out easily and leaves no sticky or flaky residue.
    • Medium hold is ideal for natural styles including easy updos (such as ballerina buns and ponytails) and blowouts.

Keune Style Fix Soft Set Spray N°57

The Keune Style Fix Soft Set Spray is a must-have product for anyone who wants to keep their hair looking stylish and fabulous all day long. This light and flexible hold spray is perfect for all hair types and provides a natural, touchable finish. Its non-sticky formula won't weigh your hair down or leave it feeling stiff or crunchy, even if you style it multiple times throughout the day. Whether you're looking to add volume, enhance your curls, or simply keep your hair in place, this spray is the perfect solution for effortless, everyday styling. So go ahead and give it a try – you won't be disappointed!

Finish with a shine serum.

Finally, use a shine serum or oil to add some extra shine and polish to your curls. This will help them look healthy and lustrous. One great hair serum for all hair types is the Onesta Luma Oil Hair Serum sold here at The Warehouse Salon. 
Luma Oil Serum 2 oz

Curling your hair can be a fun and rewarding process, but it does take a bit of practice to get it just right. By following these tips, you'll be able to create beautiful, long-lasting curls that will have you feeling confident and stylish all day long.

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