Curling / Waving
If your hair is naturally straight but you have always hankered after curls or you’d like to make your wavy hair curly, you’ll need a pair of hair curling tongs.
Curling your hair with tongs is a quick and simple affair, much less time consuming than the old rollers and pins method. When you are deciding which make and model is best for you, you should consider the shape and size of the curls you want as well as your budget.
Look at the weight of the tongs, the material the barrel is made from, how large it is and how many different temperature settings the tongs have. The hotter the tongs will go, the longer your curls will last. A big barrel is best for waves and large curls, a small barrel for tight curls and for short hair. Look for reliable brands such as Babyliss and check your tongs come with a warranty.
When you are styling your hair you should wash, dry and then brush it thoroughly so that there are no knots or tangles. Divide it into small sections, pinning each section up to your head as you go. The smaller the section, the tighter the curl. For loose wavy curls, divide into wider sections. Heat your tongs to the required setting. If your hair is very fine, 160 - 170 C is best. If it is very thick, it can take higher heats and you can go up to 220 C.
Wear your protector glove on your left hand if you are right handed or on your right hand if you are left handed. Wrap each section of hair around the curling barrel and hold it there for between five and ten seconds. If you want your curls to be very tight wrap your hair around the barrel as close to your head as possible. For looser waves, start further along the hair length. Slowly unwind your hair from the barrel. Avoid brushing or combing your hair until it has cooled to give each curl time to set. You can repeat this process as often as you like. Your curls should last for at least eight hours if you have used your tongs correctly.