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La Jolla Hair Salon Curling Iron Tips



If you weren't born with naturally curly or wavy hair, you are probably very well acquainted with curling irons.  Curling irons are fabulous for creating all types of curl, but there are some definite do's and don'ts when choosing and using this heat styling tool.  Follow Claudia's top La Jolla hair salon tips for creating gorgeous curls.  

hair salon model with styling toolsCHOOSING A GREAT STYLING TOOL
Choosing a great curling iron can be an investment. But, if you choose a quality product, it can be a wonderful asset that will provide gorgeous style for years with proper care.
First decide what barrel size will be needed to create your favorite style.  If you want to create a variety of different sized curls, you may want to invest in more than one iron.   For loose curls or "beachy" waves, you will need a curling iron with a barrel that is about 2 inches in diameter.  For more defined or smaller curls and spirals, choose a barrel diameter of 1 inch or less.

The best tools are manufactured with ceramic or tourmaline surfaces.  Ceramic irons allow for even flow of heat through your hair while tourmaline irons help to control frizz by using negative ionic charges that seal the cuticle of the hair.   Gold, titanium and chrome curling irons are also available on the market, but these do not provide good protection against frizz and may not provide the same quality results as a good ceramic or tourmaline iron.


ALWAYS BEGIN WITH DRY HAIR.  Never use a curling iron on your hair while it is wet or even damp.  If you hear a sizzle as the iron touches your hair, then your hair is not dry enough for curling iron use.  Using a curling hair on less than dry hair can damage the hair cuticle.

MAKE SURE THE IRON IS CLEAN.  Before using your curling iron, make sure it is clean and free from styling products.  If you are using gels, hair sprays, mousse or thickening products on your hair, these can collect on the barrel of the curling iron.  Make sure to clean the iron with a damp towel before using it again to ensure that there is no buildup of products that could interfere with styling.

CHOOSE AN APPROPRIATE HEAT SETTING FOR YOUR HAIR TYPE.  The temperature at which you should set the curling iron will largely be determined by your hair type.  If you have delicate, damaged, fine, or color-treated hair, choose a low heat setting in order to protect your hair from damage.  A setting of below 200 degrees is recommended.  If your hair is super thick or has a coarse texture, a higher temperature of
between 200 - 300 degrees can be used.  Never go above 400 degrees or you could damage your hair.

Using a thermal heat spray or protective product on your hair before using a curling iron can help to protect the hair against damage.  


Now your hair is ready to curl.  Click on the learn more button to learn a few curling iron techniques used in our La Jolla hair salon for creating different styles.