Learn how to create beautiful spiral curls from root to ends with only your curling iron!
- A small barrel curling iron: the smaller the iron, the smaller the spiral curls
Make sure hair is completely dry before starting. If hair is not dry, spirals will not form and the results will be uneven curls. If your hair is naturally oily, wash your hair and dry. If you have dry, thin hair, wait a day after washing so that your hair has more thickness and natural oils. Only do this if you have dry, thin hair. Otherwise, wash and dry as normal.
The spiral curl technique is quite simple if you just remember these four steps:C-T-H-P: Clasp, Turn, Hold, Pull (then repeat)
Take a section of hair the size you want the curls to be. In our case, we used sections that were about a half inch big with a curling iron that had a half inch barrel. Clasp this section of hair about 1 inch above the roots with the curling iron in a vertical position.
After you have clasped over the hair close to your roots, Turn the curling iron in the direction of the ends of your hair.
As you can see in the picture, you are to leave the ends out initially. Just curl at the roots first.
Hold the curling iron in place for 1-2 seconds. You will work your way down the hair shaft and curl the ends last.
Tip: If your hair does not curl well, spray a little bit of hair spray on the hair that is in the curling iron to give lift to your roots and keep the length of your hair from pulling down your curls. You may hear the hairspray crackle when it hits the curling iron, and it will make your curling iron get build-up. Just rub some steel wool on your iron when it is completely cool to clean it.
Now, Pull the curling iron out letting some more hair pull through the iron, but don't pull too far, just move a little bit further down the hair shaft. (You may need to depress the lever to let the hair flow through a little if your curling iron clasps quite hard).
Repeat CTHP (Clasp, Turn, Hold, Pull) so that the straighter hair further down the hair shaft goes through this same process. Depending upon the length of your hair, you may need to do this 3-5 times.
Now you are to repeat:
As you pull the curling iron out a little bit further, moving down the hair shaft, clasp down and roll it back in for 1-2 seconds. Do this until you are to the ends of your hair.
When you have reached the end of your hair, gently release the lever on the iron and let the curl fall gently down your head. Do not touch it. You may spray a light mist of hair spray on it to set it in place if you have hard-to-curl or hard-to-keep-curl-in hair.
Summary of the process: Clasp at the roots, rotate iron a ¼ turn, holdfor 1-2 seconds, pull the iron out to a spot further down the hair shaft, and repeat. Do this until you are at the end of the hair (normally 3-5 times depending on the length of your hair).
This method gives you the spiral curl from roots to ends. Clasping the iron at the ends of the hair makes a nice curl, but it weighs down the top and little heat reaches the roots by doing it this way. The spiral technique shown above will give you full, beautiful curls from root to ends.
Continue to curl small sections until your entire head is covered in spirals.
If you did not already spray at the roots while curling, lift at the roots gently with your fingers and spray now.This will prevent your hair from getting weighed down and losing your curl at the roots of your hair.
This is what your hair should look like when you are done:
Note: We did NOT comb through the curls with our fingers or a comb. If your hair is thin, you may want to finger through your hair, but DO NOT use a comb or a brush. It will ruin the perfect spiral curl look.
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