#1: Not Prepping Your Hair
In order to get a good curl, you need to prep your hair first. "It's like building a house," says celebrity hairstylist Matthew Collins. "You have to create a good foundation for it to hold." To do this use a heat-protecting product it's important to prevent damage, then blow-dry your hair completely. Collins also suggests using a styling glaze pre-ironing he likes Kerastase or Loreal professional.
#2: Curling Your Hair in the Wrong Direction Make your desired part before you start curling, as this will help determine which way you curl the hair. For a more natural look, you'll want to curl your hair away from your face. This means winding the hair down and around the barrel of the curling iron in a clockwise direction.
#3: Using an Iron That's Too Large You might own different-sized curling irons, thinking you need many sizes to achieve a range of tighter or looser curls. The truth is, you really only need 3. "You can do a every style with a 3/4-inch, one-inch and 1.5-inch barrel" says Tony Ricci .
#4: Curling Too Much Hair at a Time While taking a slightly larger section of hair may provide you with a looser wave, curling too much hair at a time isn't a good idea, either, says Daniel Benoit. You won't get an even distribution of heat throughout that section, which can cause your curls to do a disappearing act. For the most natural look, wrap small sections of hair around the barrel of your iron.
#5: Buying a Curling Iron That's on Clearance If you curl your hair frequently, you should invest in a good iron with a ceramic heaters and tourmaline barrel.(such as the kadori curling wands) Also, there's a difference between spring hinge irons and Marcel handle with a swivel handle. Even though it might see the stylist using it, Daniel Naumovski recommends going for a spring Kadori curling irons because the clip on a regular spring can cause unwanted creases in your curls. The Kadori curling iron can also stand in for those wand-like curling irons with no clip at all—just wind your hair around the iron and hold it by the ends. Daniel recommends leaving the ends out of the iron completely to get a more natural "undone" look.
#6: Holding Your Hair in the Iron Too Long Obvious alert: Curling irons are hot. Kadori irons can reach up to 450°F, which can cause some serious damage, depending on your hair's condition and texture. Derrick Rutherford recommends using a low or medium setting on finer, more fragile hair and leaving your hair wrapped around it for no more than two to three seconds. You can use the hottest setting if your hair is strong, coarse, and thick, but be careful not to leave it on any longer than you need to.
At last, make sure to remember that many curly styles can be created by using variations on these techniques. If you have a specific look in mind that you want to achieve, ask your stylist to show you how to recreate it the next time you visit the salon. They'll appreciate the chance to give you a tutorial, and you'll get a hairstyle that works with your specific cut and texture.