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Using a curling iron is a commonly practiced hair styling technique. Whether you use a curling iron daily, weekly or just once in a while it takes time and a lot of practice to really perfect your technique with the styling tool. Unfortunately, there are a lot of ways using a curling iron can go wrong. With so many different types of curling irons available, and countless different products and tutorials available at our fingertips we wanted to give you the details that most people aren’t talking about. Tips for using your curling iron SAFELY. Safely being the key word.
Prep Your Hair, Always
As tempting as it can be to just begin using your curling iron on your hair after it’s dry, that can do a lot of damage to your hair’s health and strength. Experts are always talking about how you should be prepping your hair before using heated styling tools because that’s such a huge factor in maintaining your hair health. So how exactly to you prep your hair? Using a heat protectant product is a must. Really…you need to be using one from this point on if you aren’t already. Using a heat protectant product on your hair helps to well, protect your hair. Since heat tends to take a lot of moisture out of your hair applying a protectant product before helps to lock the moisture into the hair and keep that protective barrier from the heat.
Use the Right Setting
Even though you’re using a heat protectant product on your hair (or you’re going to start, at least), heat does put stress on your hair even when it’s healthy and protected. Choosing a heat setting that’s appropriate for your hair type is crucial to using a curling iron safely. When you use a heat setting that’s too hot for your hair type, you’re going to do a lot of damage to your hair. Generally, the thicker the hair the higher heat setting you can use and vice versa.
Don’t Hold the Curling Iron Too Long
When curling your hair, it’s common to feel as though you need to hold the curling iron with your hair wrapped around it for an extended period of time to ensure that the curl holds. The truth is, you shouldn’t be holding the curling iron on your hair for too long of a period of time. Doing so will, again, do a lot of damage to your hair. If you ever begin to notice steam/smoke appearing when using your curling iron you’re definitely holding it on for too long of a period of time. You should really only need to hold the curling iron on your hair for a few seconds (in one place).
Keep Your Curling Iron Clean
Yes, you should actually be cleaning your curling iron. Because your hair gets built up with hair product all of that can transfer onto the curling wand. When your curling iron has too much built up on it, it can begin to (surprise) damage your hair. Using a cloth and water when the iron is cool is all you should need to wipe it clean.