The first thing I do before styling my hair whether wearing it down or braiding it is to give it some big loose curls. This helps with the texture and volume of the hair even when I braid or style an updo. So here it is: the how to of my basic loose curls with a curling wand.
First, let me explain why I use a curling wand as opposed to a curling iron. I have both and I use both, but they both have ups and downs for me. When I say curling iron I’m referring to the one with a clip. And the advantage with the clip is it helps holding your hair while your wrap it around the hot tool. But it’s also a bad thing because if you don’t know how to use this curling iron well (which I took a VERY long time to figure out), you could get clip marks on your hair. They look like kinks and the curls lose that soft natural look.
So to avoid the clip marks, I started using a curling wand instead (the one without any clip). I’ve switched over to curling wand for a year now. To be honest, at first it was difficult for me to adjust since there is no clip. The challenge is how to get my hair wrapped around this 400ºF rod without burning my finger, my scalp, and even my ear and neck. That’s the challenge! So that’s why I put this post together to help anyone who’s learning how to use a curling wand to nail your big loose curls without hurting yourself.
I’ll be featuring this T3 Whirl Trio interchangeable curling wand that was sent to me as a gift. It comes as a set with three different wands like pictured above: a 1″ straight barrel, a 1 1/4″-3/4″ tapered barrel and a 1.5″ straight barrel. The one I’m using here is the biggest one, 1.5″ straight barrel.
I start with my straight hair divided into 2 sides, and work on one side at a time.
- Heat Protection Spray: A lot of people skip this step, but I cannot stress it enough. Heat damages your hair, you need protection spray. I use this Caviar Anti-Aging spray which protects up to 450ºF. It also smells amazing. People ask how I have shiny healthy looking curls, this is part of it! (Also, if you have time, you can spray this volume mist before the heat protection spray. I use this when I have time and it adds so much volume!) Then brush your hair out. Start from bottom, then work your way up if you have long hair.
- Wear glove on same side of hair: This T3 Whirl Trio set also comes with a glove (as any curling wand should). There are 5 different heat settings that goes up to 410ºF, but I set mine to the second hottest. Glove goes on hand of the same side of the hair, wand on the other hand. For example, I start with my left side, I wear the glove on my left hand and hold the wand with my right. When I switch to do the right side, glove on right hand, wand on left.
- Curl away from face: Start from the back and work your way to the front. Wrap a section of hair around the wand, away from face. I keep the same direction for each side here. At the end, leave 1-2 inches. I like the ends not curls, give a more natural look in my opinion 🙂 When you’re done with one side, remove glove, apply heat protection spray to the other side, wear glove on the other hand and repeat!
- Texturizing Spray: I used to use hair spray to hold the curls at this step. And you can too, but I find hair spray to be sticky, sometimes too firm and makes my curls feel crunchy and look unnatural. I want to keep the curls soft, bouncy but at the same time voluminous. I use this amazing Oribe texturizing spray. Lift your hair up, spritz, spritz. Flip all your hair upside down, spritz, spritz. And you’re done!
Hope you like this hair tutorial. Below are the products that I used to create this basic curl look. Let me know if you enjoy hair tutorials like this and I’ll create more!
*Thank you T3 Micro for sending me this wonderful wand trio to help me create this look.
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