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Whether using a curling iron or rollers there are things to learn to get the curl you want. This guide contains hair curling tips.
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February 7, 20061 found this helpful

This is a beauty tip for all you ladies out there. This morning I was having trouble with my hair, as we all do at times. I was using a curling iron but it just didn't seem to be holding the curl. Well, we were staying in a hotel room overnite and right by my plugin was a small dryer on the wall. I got a nifty idea.

I curled my hair up in the curling iron like you normally would and the took the little blow dryer in the other hand and turned it on high and went back and forth over the length of the curling iron barrel (keep in mind you have to already have curled your hair up in it.) I counted to about 20 and let it go and wahlaa. I have the most beautiful, full of body curl ever!

My mom commented on how amazing my hair looked and asked me what I did and I shared this tip with her. Try it! It's just as good as hot rollers!

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By Laura from Ooltewah,TN

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April 29, 20130 found this helpful

Hey Laura great tip btw I live in Chattanooga! Small world! Happy curling :))

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February 4, 2010

This is for anyone that still puts curlers in their hair. When I was working years ago, I hated sleeping on curlers and I found out this works perfectly. Brush hair then use your curlers as usual, just don't use any water at all.

When finished, soak a hand towel completely with water, then wring out, put towel on hair so that it covers all the curlers. Press the wet towel on each curler and hold for one second. Then take towel off your head and complete your makeup routine.

By the time you are finish with your face, your hair curlers can come out. Your hair will be dry and ready to style. It is the dampness that curls your hair. No more leaving curlers in for half the day. Hope this helps you as much as its helped me.

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PS. If you have really thick hair, just wet the towel more so more moisture gets into the curl.

By GAILDARLENE from Toronto, Ontario

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful

I am in my 60s and have always had very fine hair, straight as a yard of pump water. (My mother's expression)

I will try this. If it works you'll probably hear me yelling "halleluah!" right across the pond.

Marg from England.

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February 18, 2013

I use a straightener to curl my hair. You basically do the same thing, but instead of wrapping your hair around the object, you straighten it and then you just curl it. If you have any more questions, just look it up on youtube It's really simple and so much faster and it works really good in my hair. I have long thick hair so just trust me on this.

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December 16, 20120 found this helpful

I have a hard time curling my hair with a curling iron. My hair isn't that thick or anything, and I can curl my hair over night in roller things. I just need a good tip to curl my hair and make it stay for the day.

By Shelby B.

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December 16, 20120 found this helpful
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My sister is a former hair stylist, and when I would complain to her about that, she always told me to use mousse in my hair before using the curling iron. It does eventually make the curling iron really messy. For my hair I also found it worked better if I used a skinnier curling iron. My sister also sprayed the hair with hair spray after curling it.

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January 22, 20130 found this helpful
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I have really think straight hair and I use a flat iron to curl my hair. The curls stay for all day and then some! My har is still even curly the next day after sleeping on them.

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February 7, 20130 found this helpful
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I had the same issue! A beautician told me about "thermal spray". It is made to protect your hair when applying any kind of styling heat (curling iron, flat iron, etc). Many different companies make it, but it is available at WalMart! The best $5 I have spent in years! Of course I still use some hair spray with it, but just follow the directions. Tip: All of the "thermal sprays" have an odd trigger-like nozzle on them. Hope this helps!

I have attempted the flat iron trick previously, without success :(

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April 18, 20130 found this helpful
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My hair has a hard time holding a curl as well, but I have been able to make it happen a few different ways.

The first way, and the least time consuming, is to use a straightener - I have one that's about 1.5" wide. I let it heat up, grab a section of hair about 1" x 1" (doesn't have to be perfect), clamp the straightener about 3" from my scalp, then roll the straightener half a turn towards my head, so the hair is folded around one side of the straightener. I pull the straightener through gently (don't clamp too tight but you want both plates touching the hair) and kind of slowly, giving an extra twist at the very end. It works like curling a ribbon on a present.

The second way is to use a curling iron, and after each section is curled, while it's still hot, I roll the hair around a velcro roller. I get all of my hair curled and up in the rollers to cool, then go about the rest of my business - makeup, lotion, perfume, get dressed, etc. My hair is the last thing I worry about from that point on. Once I'm done and everything else is taken care of and ready, I take the rollers out and lightly spray the curls with hair spray. Alternatively, and I've found this way doesn't work quite as well but it could be faster - use a straightener to heat your hair up and then roll the hot hair on the rollers, section by section.

The last way, and I love the curls I get from this except that they don't start high enough and I don't get the volume at the roots that I like, is to twist your hair while drying it. I section my hair into 4 sections, two on each side, twist the sections away from my face, and keep twirling it while I blow dry my hair. This gives big loose waves on the bottom half of your hair that look beautiful and stay all day, provided you dry your hair thoroughly while twirling each section.

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June 13, 20130 found this helpful
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A friend told me to pin up the curls with bobby pins after curling them with the iron. So after every curl you roll it up and pin it the spray it with a little of your favorite hairspray. After you've completed every curl give your whole head another spray and let it dry about 10 minutes. Then take the bobby pins out and finger comb them a little. The key is not to use too much hair spray or your curls will look unnatural. Another tip would be to curl the top of your head first then down to the bottom layers. I did this for graduation and my hair was still curly the next day after sleeping in it.

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March 28, 20130 found this helpful

When you wrap your hair in the curling iron is the curling iron on? Or off?

By Alex from TX

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March 30, 20130 found this helpful
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It has to be on to curl your hair and it has to be hot. I use a kitchen mitt to keep it from burning my fingers - I always touch the thing by accident - every time! I lay it down on a heating pad between curls since I have to lay it down to gather the hair for the next curl! Good luck!

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March 29, 20130 found this helpful

It has to be turned on. If you are worried about getting burned, you just have to be a little careful. However, if it was turned off, you would have to hold the curling iron in place for a lot longer, than when it is warm. Another thing, I am assuming you if you waited until the hair was wound, when you got that curl done, you would shut the iron off, wind some more hair, then turn the iron on again, etc. That could end up taking all day to get the job done.

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March 30, 20130 found this helpful

On, that's the purpose for heat to curl. If you wrapped then turned it on, you'd be standing there for a long time.

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December 25, 20120 found this helpful

Do you have your curler on when you take the blow dryer to it or just wrap your hair around it?

By M.F

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June 26, 20130 found this helpful
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No just wrap it around the curling iron while drying. Turning on the straightner could damage your hair and make it brittle when using it in wet hair. I suggest you don't use it.

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December 26, 20120 found this helpful

Don't understand what you're asking. Do you mean have both your blow dryer and iron curler plugged in at the same time?

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October 30, 2007

My hair is uncurlable! I cannot curl it with a curling iron at all, and its not that I'm bad, its my hair it just won't hold the curls, does anyone have any idea how to fix this?

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November 1, 20070 found this helpful

HEY, my hair is thick and straight as a board and it wont curl that good eather so I use sponge rollers I put them in the night before with damp hair and I sleep with them you may think that you wont sleep very good with them in your hair but it's actually not that bad you can find them at any sallys kmart sometimes and I think walmart :)

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November 13, 20070 found this helpful

I have very long, baby fine and straw straight hair. If I do nothing with it it looks greasy within hours. Perms work some but to be honest with my length of hair I just can't afford $100 or more at the stylist.

This is what I do.

I shower in the evening and blow dry my hair alittle just to get the dripping to stop. Then I section my hair into 4 sections and braid it. I sleep on it like that and by morning its dry or almost dry and I very carefully take them out. This gives me all kinds of body and that wavy kinda look. Works for me and its thrifty and I dont have greasy looking hair anymore!

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November 13, 20070 found this helpful

I HAVE STRAIGHT hair. I have tried everything on the market, including perm$

The only way I can get curls n my long hair is to braid it in many braids for lots of curls or big braids for just waves. (Braid one small braid at the very top center or crown of your head, to blend in the roots...when it falls it will blend in all your curls after its dry.)

I braid it while my hair is wet or damp. I use styling gel too. Then after I braid it, I spray it with hair spray. No particular type.

The next day, I take out the braids, use my FINGERS to comb it gently, then spray with hair spray again. It will last 2 or 3 days! No oily mess!

***tip: curl the ends with a small curling iron so it doesn't stick out straight on the ends when dry to give it a professional permed style.

I did this on my wedding day and it was beautiful!

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December 19, 20070 found this helpful

OMG my hair is the same way. You can actually hear it resisting the curling iron. The answer is a perm. You won't believe the difference. Believe it from someone who has the straightest most hard to manage hair without a perm ever!. Good Luck. Janette

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December 20, 20070 found this helpful

Hey guys I started this and I have found my solution, 2 actually.

My first one is that I add to my wet, brushed hair herbal essences totally twisted curl boosting mousse. redken outshine 01, Got2b curling spray, then i scrunch my hair lightily, i sleep with it then when i wake up its dry and i add a little more redken and tiny bit of garnier fructis surf hair texture paste. This works great!

My next solution is adding the same redken product when my hair is wet/damp a little of the got2b curling spray then braid my hair in 2 braids, i sleep with is on add some more redken( I add this because my hair frizzes when i sleep on it) My hair will still be slightly damp so sometimes i use a blow dryer on its lowest setting for a few minutes and i lightly brush with my fingers.

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 18, 20080 found this helpful

FRENCH BRAIDS people take a shower then ask someone to put 2 french braids in and sleep in the morning take them out and your hair is curly for better waveness braid them in the morning and wear them all day and all night

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