How to Style Short Hair in Effortless Waves
We have a point to make: we may have curled our hair for the first time when we were 20 years old. Then there was the time in the mid-2000s when bone-straight hair was the fashionable thing. Curling methods were never on our minds during our formative years. Hairstyles changed over time, as they thankfully do, and chaotic waves became the dominant look. It took a while to get as comfortable curling hair as we had straightened it, especially after cutting hair short, so trust us when we say those first few years of curling hair were a touch hard.
Curling short hair can fast make you look less like a Hollywood celebrity if you don't know what you're doing.
Fortunately, it turns out that it isn't as complicated as it appears. It takes a little experience, but the techniques are quite straightforward, whether you're using a hair curling iron, hair curling wand, hair straightener, or even going heat-free (yes, it's possible). We sought advice to help us get wonderfully imperfect short hair curls. Find out more about curling short hair.
How to Curl Short Hair with a Hair Curling Iron
- The tighter the wave or curl, the smaller the barrel. If you want to curl your hair, use a.75-inch barrel, and if you want a looser wave, use a one-inch barrel. This barrel size and method are ideal for anyone whose curls are prone to falling out (ahem, those with straight strands).
- Begin by misting a heat protectant such as Cadiveu Sol does Rio Beach Waves all over your hair.
- Pull the top part of your hair up and out of the way using an Ikonic's alligator hair sectioning clip or a hair tie.
- Blow-dry a light mousse into your hair if you have straight hair to offer it some grit (otherwise, it can be difficult to grab the hair and have it respond to the hair curling iron).
- Start curling the part of the hair that has been fed through the barrel.
- Catch each curl as it is released from around the barrel and hold it in your hand for a few seconds before releasing it.
- Curl the top section of your hair again, this time alternating between curling away from and toward your face for a more natural look.
- Remove the hair sectioning clip from the remainder of your hair and curl it again.
- Use a strong-hold hairspray to keep your curls in place.
How to Curl Short Hair with a Hair Curling Wand
- A hair curling wand is ideal if you want a beachy natural texture since it makes it easy to maintain your ends straight. A hair curling wand with a one-inch barrel works best for bob- and lob-length hairâ€”anything wider or larger won't work for your short hair, and anything smaller will make the ringlets too tight.
- Apply a heat protectant to the entire head of hair.
- Use a hair tie or hair sectioning clip to section off the top half of your hair.
- For an easier, modern design, hold your hair straightener at a diagonal angle (or horizontally for more volume).
- For a more relaxed look, softly glide a hair straightener over the very tips of your hair.
- Apply a texture spray to finish.
An additional source of information:
- Heat is essential for keeping your curls in place, but you must maintain a precise balance to avoid frying your hair. Thin or damaged hair requires less heat, whereas thick hair may tolerate more. Never heat your hair above 450 degrees Fahrenheit without first using a heat protectant.
- Fine or chemically treated hair: If you have fine or chemically treated hair, never use a heat setting higher than 300 degrees Fahrenheit, as these hair types are prone to heat damage. Always keep in mind, that slow passes should be used instead of multiple fast passes.
- Virgin or medium-thick hair: For virgin or medium-thick hair, use a hair curling iron with a temperature range of 300 to 380 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Coarse, curly, or thick hair: Hair curling irons with higher temperatures, ranging from 350 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, can be used on thick hair. We advise working fast, as utilizing an excessively hot tool on a single section for an extended period might cause damage.
- Are you on the lookout for the top hair curler machine on the market? Ikonic, which delivers flexible, long-lasting, and bouncy curls, now offers hair curlers online at low costs.