Hi everyone! I have had so many questions about how I curl my hair, I finally decided to create a blog post about it. Remember, my hair is very curly naturally and so I have only been curling my hair with a wand for maybe 2 years. I am a somewhat of a beginner, but feel like my tips for how to curl your hair with a wand will provide you all the steps you need to master it on your own. For this tutorial, I used a 1 inch straight wand by Nume. I also LOVE T3 Micro wands so much and personally feel like they make my curls last longer than the Nume. Here we go with step by step tips…
- Before blow drying, I add this thermal protectant and this smoothing creme to my hair. I then blow it dry smoothly (remember to point the nozzle down towards the floor so you aren’t making your hair more frizzy) with the help of a Brazilian Blowout smoothing treatment that my hair stylist does only hair every 6 months or so. You can read more about that here. It has been a lifesaver for me in regards to frizz. I use a wet brush after its dry to make sure it is tangle free. I love this brush for myself and my kids. We have tons all over the house.
- I part my hair down the middle. I usually wear my hair parted down the center, so I go ahead and get it parted before I curl it.
- Then I section it into 4 equal sections on my head and then leave only the 2 bottom sections down to begin with that area. I leave the 2 bottom sections on each side of my face so I know they are equal. You can see my tape in extensions here. I have some for fullness.
- Then I take approximately a 1″ section of my hair to begin curling. I have found the smaller the section of hair I curl at a time, the longer the curl will hold in my hair for days. For this tutorial’s purpose, I am taking 1″ sections to wrap around the wand. It might be a tad curlier than I prefer the first day, but by the 2nd it has relaxed and I don’t have to curl it again until I rewash it. It just gets looser and looser as the days goes on. To keep my hair fresh and not greasy in between washes, I love this dry shampoo. Ladies, what did we do before dry shampoo? It is such a time saver and really keeps your hair and color in better shape as too often of washing is not good for your hair moisture or highlights.
- Now I start curling. When curling my left side of my head, I wrap my arm around the back of my head. I take the section of hair and go over the wand. Then I wrap it evenly around the length of the barrel. I point the barrel down a bit while curling. I leave a little of the end of my hair off of the barrel and hold it with my finger. I let it curl for about 8 seconds or so. After I unwrap the curl, I don’t touch it. Just let it be for awhile. And continue on with 1 inch sections of hair. I shot a pic of the front view of myself reaching my arm around to the left side. And then shared step by step images from the backside.
- Now you can see I finished curling the first of the 4 sections on my head. You can see below, since I leave the end of my hair off of the wand, it looks a little straight. I personally like that look. I don’t touch any of the curls until I am ready to leave the house. I think this lets them take shape better.
- Now I move on to the right side of my head (the other bottom section). I don’t have to wrap my arm around on this side since I am right handed. A tip…you want the hair to lay on the wand barrel the same every time so you get a uniform look. Sometimes if I want more beachy texture, I will almost twist the hair onto the barrel instead of how I did it here, where it lies flat on the barrel. Hopefully that makes sense. I continue to do the rest of the section. Notice the wand is pointing down and I always leave a little hair out at the end.
- Ok, now you can see both bottom sections of my hair are curled. And now I go back to the top left section to start curling that area.
- I am wrapping my arm around the back of my head just like I did with the bottom. Notice how since I have layers on this top section I don’t start the wand as close to the root. I don’t want it to be too tight. Since my bangs are shorter, I don’t leave it on as long to curl. I continue to curl the top left section until they are all finished. Then I move onto to the last section.
- Now I take down the last section and start again with my bangs. I keep the wand pointed down the entire time. And then proceed to curl all the hair until I am done.
- I always miss a few in the back of my head when I a finished. So I glance in the mirror and then wrap any pieces I missed. I really love using a wand because its less confusing to me than an actual curling wand. Wrapping your hair is so fast with the wand and I don’t have to over think it.
- Now I am done curling! They look nice and wavy and love how the ends are a bit straight so it’s not too much curl or too perfect.
- Before I am totally done, I do add some volume with a rat tail comb. I take some sections around the top of my head and tease it to give it some height. Not too much, but a little volume doesn’t hurt anyone! Look at the bottom picture to see the added volume on my crown. For even more volume, I use this volume spray. It really does work! I then run my fingers through my hair and break up any curls that are too big or stuck together, etc. Finally I spray some cheap hairspray over my flyaways and add a little hair oil to my ends if they need it.
I finish my makeup and am ready to hit the town. It got dark in my bathroom after I was ready to go, so these pics don’t have the best lighting.