DIY Curling: Hair Irons 101
Don’t know where to start curling from? Don’t worry, we’re here to get you through this. I will help you decide which size barrel to purchase, what each size barrel will do in terms of curl and wave or bend in the hair and which are the better ones on the high street, and from the salon.
MY WAY, OR THE HIGH STREET
We will start with the high street brands. A high street brand available in SA is the Joycare curling iron. Costing approximately 99SAR or 65SAR on offer, they are good enough for those of you that only use the irons occasionally. It is a ceramic iron and heats to 180*C. Ceramic irons are good for creating smoother curls, and are better for the hair.
Babyliss iPro230 iCurl
Babyliss Ipro 230 I Curl is another high street brand that has been around for years and is also a great make for professional salon brands. Priced at around 300SAR it’s not the cheapest but you are paying for a more well know brand that will suit use for more regular curling.
Professional salon curling irons are made to last and are made for repeated performance. This is why they are more expensive, they also have better components and heating elements in them.
My personal brand I use is Babyliss Pro. They are excellent, reliable and come in various barrel sizes. There is also the marcel waving iron that is used regularly with salon professionals which come in various brands.
A few extra tips, tricks, dos and don’ts!
- The smaller the iron barrel, the tighter the curl, the larger the barrel, the looser the curl and the greater the volume is achieved. So you can achieve anything from ringlets to Beyonce volume!
- There are great ways to do something with dry hair, if you require a quick fix, or if you can’t blow dry your hair, let it dry naturally and curl it, pin the curls by sliding the hair off the irons carefully, and clipping in place until they have cooled.
- Irons can get very hot, so please be careful when using them and invest in a protective glove if you can!