Those looking for easy ways to curl their hair usually want curls on a temporary basis for a special occasion, and seek a manner in which these can be achieved. Perms are out, as these certainly are not easy methods and require professional handling, and a lot of expense. Even semi permanent curls are not simple, and need to be performed by a professional. The methods described in this guide are those which can be achieved easily to provide curl, and which can be safely performed at home with relative ease.
One might imagine that straighteners had the opposite effect, in that their very name indicates that these are used to straighten hair. However, the advantage of using these to produce neat and easy curls is that the quality of the curl is better, less tight and starchy looking, and for long hair, they make the ideal medium for curling, as opposed to standard curling tongs.
Remember when using any form of heat on hair that the strands should always be protected from heat damage. Taking a strand at a time, use a styling gel and with your fingers, sweep the whole length of the hair to ensure styling consistency and protection. Work through all the strands until the whole head of hair is protected and ready for the curling process.
Then take the straighteners, and lay the hair over them just below the root of the hair. It is unwise to place the ends into the straighteners as these tend to get dried out and brittle, and the idea is to produce a curl the full length of the hair. Close the straighteners and then sweep the hair over the top of the straightener.
Spin the straighteners to ensure a good grip, and then pull the straighteners toward the end of the hair in a gentle swoop. This is curling the hair as you pull, though the pull should not be a struggle. If it is, you have the hair too tightly wrapped. Open the straighteners before you arrive at the tips of the hair, and the curl will gently fall into place.
When you use this method, do not brush the hair until all the curls are in place and then only brush very gently, to make the style into your chosen one. If you would like the curls to be individual, spray them before brushing and brush only one strand at a time, very gently.
~Using heated rollers
Although these are not the vogue at the moment, they do produce an easy way to produce curls. In this case, the heated rollers need to be pre-heated. Some use an electrical source, and the tops of the rollers show a red dot when they are sufficiently hot.
Those which are not electric need to be boiled in a pan of hot water, though often have the same heat indicator on the top of the roller to show when they are ready. When the water boils, slow the heat to simmer until the rollers are at the right temperature.
Protect the hair with a styling gel of good reputation or a heat protection product.
Working from the crown area of the head, brush the hair in strands starting at the back of the head and working forwards. Then work on the back line of rollers parting the hair as you work. The sides are done last, and the position of the rollers will dictate the fall of the curls. Experiment. Usually those side rollers curled under work much better for longer hair. For short styles, where you wish to have the sides curled back, place the roller so that the hair is rolled in the required direction.
When the buttons on the ends of the rollers turn green or black, dependent upon the make, take the rollers out very gently, and brush the hair gently into place. Those who require their curls to neatly fall in an inwards direction would be wise to brush the hair from underneath.
~Using curling tongs
The best curling tongs to use are those which produce a vapor. The reason for this is that they do not dry out the hair as much as those without vapor. Protect the hair at all times. Curling tongs are used on dry hair, and the hair must be split into sections, working from the crown, down the back of the hair and then curling the sides.
To produce a ringlet, curling tongs are particularly useful. Place the tongs just up to the root area of the hair, and curl the hair around the tongs but instead of curling one area of hair over the next, work your way down the length of the tongs, for maximum effect.
~Using the hairdryer
If the curl you require is only sufficient to mean that the ends curl neatly in place, you can do this process while you are drying your hair. Using a tubular brush, hold out each strand, and as you pass the hairdryer over that area, rotate the brush right to the ends of the hair. Again, as this means the use of heat, using a gel or a styling mousse is desirable to help counter the ill effects of heat, but also to help keep the style in place.
Get into a routine of starting at the top for a full curl on layered hair, or with particular styles such as bob cuts, starting at the sides, and clipping the hair above the area being curled out of the way while you style from the bottom of the style. Once you establish a routine which works for your hair, you will find this a quick and easy routine to the drying process which can be performed each time you wash your hair.
Curls can be produced in any number of ways, though these are the easiest ways. For those who cannot be bothered with styling, perhaps a simpler way would be to use rags on long hair, letting the hours of sleep take care of those curls, though this is complex at first and may not prove to be the easiest solution. The solutions above are universally accepted as the easiest methods of producing curls and do take some practice.
Once you have learned to use a method which suits you, and your hair type, producing curls becomes much easier, and it is certainly worthwhile trying to see which method is the most suitable for your hair texture and style. If in doubt, consult a hairdresser to ask what they believe would work best with your hair. These professionals are always happy to help their clients to get the best results with minimal effort, since this usually means that they ensure that you will indeed visit them for your next cut. Try different methods until you find the one that suits your ability and the nature of your hair.