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The Best Way to Curl Hair with Straighteners

Updated April 17, 2017

It's expensive being a girl; we have to buy a million different products to suit our needs for a ton of different looks. The trick is to find products that can be used for more than one purpose, such as using your lipstick as a cream blush. In heat styling , you can use a straightener to curl your hair. Curling with this technique is best done with a one-inch-wide straightener that has a rounded barrel.

Protection

With any form of heat styling, whether it's the use of ceramic styling tools or your blow dryer, it is necessary to protect your hair from damage. Many styling tools go upwards of 204 degrees C, so you will need a heat protectant spray or lotion to keep your hair from getting fried. Heat damage can cause breakage, split ends and unsightly frizz.

Curling

For best results, use one-inch sections of hair at a time. Take one section and clamp it at the top, close to the root but not close enough to burn your scalp. Wrap the end of the hair once around the iron. Spin the iron one full circle toward your head until the end of the hair is coming straight down. Hold the ends with your fingers and slowly run the iron through your hair. As it loops around the barrel, the heat creates a nice curl. Once you are finished, twist the curl with your finger to give it shape. For tight curls, run iron through hair very slowly. Run through more quickly for looser curls.

Suggested Products

For straighteners, it is best to find ones with ceramic plates, because they cause less hair damage. The heat from the blades helps seal in moisture so your hair doesn't end up dry and broken. The best straighteners have ceramic blades infused with tourmaline crystals, which help smooth and shine the hair. The most popular of these heat styling tools are the Chi (shoppingchi.com), the Sedu (sedubeauty.com) and the T3 (t3micro.com).

Heat styling protectants come in many forms, like lotion, spray and serum. Popular products include FHI Hot Sauce, a lotion whose conditioning agents are activated by heat; ghd Thermal Protector Spray, which has three different varieties to suit your specific hair type; and John Frieda Frizz-Ease Thermal Protection Serum, which covers your strands with several protective layers to help maintain your hair's shine.

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About the Author

Kristen Ciccolini is a freelance writer in Boston with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Suffolk University. She has been writing professionally for two years. Her work can be found in her alma mater's online newspaper The Suffolk Voice, the popular local magazine "The Improper Bostonian," as well as Examiner.com.