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curling irons? - May 13th 2014, 04:40 AM

i was looking for a curling iron at walmart, and i was going to get a 1 in barrel, but my mother said that it wouldnt curl my hair (i think a smaller one gives tighter curls but idk) so i bought a 1 1/2 in curling iron, and after bringing it home, i tested it out. well, it gives me big curls at the ends of my hair and not much else, which defeats the purpose, since my hair does that naturally. tomorrow i am going to buy a smaller one (hopefully. my mother thinks im doing something wrong so who knows if she will take me)

obviously my mother cant be trusted to give advice about hair styling (i dont know why i listened to her anyway. she has never been good at doing hair) so what do you think? would a 1 in iron work better? my hair is down to my tailbone so its a bit hard to curl, but i really want curly hair for an event on thursday.

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Re: curling irons? - May 13th 2014, 10:44 AM

Hi there!

You're right, a smaller barrel will give tighter curls. I think the 1 inch would be better for the type of curls that you want. You could even go smaller!
Maybe you could try to explain to your mom the type of curls you're going for and maybe even let her test out the larger barrel on your hair to prove to her that it doesn't work for what you want. Good luck.

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Re: curling irons? - May 13th 2014, 11:57 AM

Hey there!

I curl my hair a few times a week with a curling iron, but mine is only down to my shoulders so this might not be helpful.
Obviously you need to use a heat protecting spray to stop your hair from burning. But how long did you hold the iron in place? It's possible that only the bottom of your hair curled because the heat didn't get to the hair at the top of your head in the time you held it. Because your hair is so long, it's going to take a while for the heat to filter through all the hair that's wrapped around the iron. You would always try just wrapping the first few inches around the iron, starting at the roots, and once that's curled, move down and do the next few inches. Your curls wouldn't be perfect but it's worth a try.

Failing that, try some natural methods that don't involve heat:

I hope you get the hair you want for your event! Good luck!

(PS: I just had a thought, what shampoo are you using? Sometimes my hair won't curl properly if I've conditioned it because the stuff I use makes it really soft and silky and the curls just fall out and become waves. It's worth thinking about.)

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