How well can you wield a curling iron?

If there’s more finger singeing than successful twining, here are 8 simple, but effective tips to set you right. From tricks to make curls last to the amount of time you should hold hair up to the barrel (we talk in specifics here), we’ve got you covered.

Consider it our gift to you, curling iron cheat notes – and the opportunity to win one (more on that later) – with contributions from celebrity hair stylist and Cloud Nine ambassador, Renya Xydis.

Read it. Share it. Do it. And never burn yourself again.

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When curling your hair, let it cool down completely before brushing it out. This allows the curl to set, creating what Xydis calls ‘shape memory’ which will help your curls last longer.

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Most hair textures only require heat around the 125-150°C mark, holding hair up to the barrel for 10-15 seconds max. Anything hotter – or any longer – and you’ll start stripping moisture out of the hair. When you see steam, that’s moisture being evaporated out of your strands.

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 Curls don’t hold well on squeaky clean hair so adding product is essential. Xydis uses Wella Professionals Eimi Curl Craft to extend the life of curls and we spray sea salt spray after curling to add texture and grit. Our go-to is Sachajuan Ocean Mist.

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When curling, a mixture of thin and thick sections will add to the overall volume and shape of the waves and give your curls an effortless look. If you’ve got thicker hair, Xydis recommends sectioning and working through all of your hair for a more balanced all-over look. If your hair is on the thinner side, you can be less structured – the more movement you create, the fuller your hair will look.

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Curling with a straightening iron? “All it takes is a half rotation to get the curl,” says Xydis. Don’t twist all the way down as curling your hair around adds tension, pulling the recently curled hair straight so you’re not getting the full shape.

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Just like you’d protect your hair from heat, it’s also important to protect your hands. If your fingers get singed more than you’d like, get your hands on a heat protecting glove that allows you to touch the tong but doesn’t compromise your dexterity.

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Hold your wand upside down (pointed the ground) so you can get closer to the root of your hair. This will help the curl hold longer, too. For more relaxed curls, start curling halfway down the length of hair.

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Which to buy – a curling tong (with clasp) or a wand (without clasp)? General consensus is that wands are easier to use since clasps can get in the way. Tongs are best for for tighter, ringlet-style curls that can be brushed out, while wands are better at achieving loose waves.

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Gritty Pretty is giving you the chance to win your own curling iron so now you can put into practice what you’ve learnt. Thanks to Cloud Nine, we have three Micro Wands (valued at $99.95 each) to give away. For your chance to win, simply subscribe to Gritty Pretty’s mailing list at the footer of this page or register in the pop-up at the homepage.

Already subscribed? We love you for it and you’ll be automatically included in this draw. Competition closes Thursday, May 12th and is only open to Australian residents. Good luck!

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Jules Peacocke

Hey Gritty Pretty! great sharing on heat styling, having someone else do it for you is also a great way to ensure your hands and hair are protected. Avoid any silicone based styling product or oils that take 150 degrees from the heat styling tool to boiling point on your hair. http://lilyjackson.com.au/category/hair-styling-tips/ www.lilyjackson.com.au

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