Curling Iron Tips from a Pro

It’s 2008 and that crazy-crunchy-curly look of the ’80’s is WAY over. It’s time to update your curling iron techniques to create softer, sexier curls. In this video, celebrity hairstylist Hasblady Guzman transforms air-dried curly hair into a sophisticated up-to-date look with a Hot Tools 2″ Curling Iron and some professional techniques that you can do at home. Pay extra attention to how she styles those “what to do with” front pieces. The results are modern, touchable curls.

Bye, bye crunchy curls, hello gorgeous.

-CurlyBelle

A Curling Iron That’s COOL…

Question:
I need to find a good curling iron, can you recommend one?  – Vivian via email

Bed Head Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic Curling IronAnswer:
Right now I’m loving the Tourmaline Nano-Ceramic curling irons from Bed Head, they are some of the best curling irons I’ve seen, and I’ve seen plenty! The Bed Head curling irons have Tourmaline technology that generates about a bazillion negative ions, combined with Nano-Ceramic barrels to smooth your hair with gentle, far-infrared heat while they create curls. This translates into faster styling and longer lasting frizz-free curls without damage. I’m all over that.

I also am a huge fan of the fiber optic heat indicators. They’re not just cool to look at, they’re smart too. They change colors when you change heat settings, this way, you always know when you’re using high heat vs. low heat – what a great perk to keep you from frying your hair. (Don’t forget to use a heat protectant!)

If you aren’t sold already, this will get you: These irons have a three year limited warranty from the manufacturer. Most warranties are only one year, tops, and a one year warranty is great considering that it’s a heat appliance and you use it constantly! Some appliances don’t even have a warranty. Any manufacturer that offers a warranty that long is pretty darn sure the appliance will provide consistent results for an extended length of time.

State of the art technology for long-lasting frizz-free curls, fiber optic indicators and a kickin’ warranty? You really can’t ask for more in my book.

Swing by our Bed Head section to see the entire product line, it’s awesome. Thanks for asking!

-CurlyBelle

Creating Curls with a HAI Elite Rod

Question:
How do I create curls with the Hai Elite Rod?
“I just bought the Hai Elite Rod and want to create some curls, but there is no instruction booklet. Can you help?” – Kimberly
 
Answer:
SURE!
Here are some instructions on using the HAI elite Rod, I hope you find them helpful.

HAI elite Rod The HAI elite Rod makes it really easy to create curls. With other curling appliances and irons you roll the iron up around the section of your hair towards your hair horizontally. With the HAI elite Rod’s unique design you can now create longer lasting curls by wrapping each section of hair around the Rod by holding the appliance vertically.

To create curls with the HAI elite Rod, simply take a small section of your hair (1″ wide or less) and wrap the length of hair around the rod, do not let go of the end of your hair, and hold for 5 seconds. Then release the hair.

A smaller section of hair will create tighter curls.

A larger section of hair will create loose curls and waves.

For a more natural look try alternating the way you wrap your curls. Wrap one section over and around the Rod. Wrap the next section under and then around the Rod. This will give the free-flowing casual appearance natural curls have, by creating curls in a variety of directions.

You may also vary the sizes of the sections you style, some thick and some thinner to create curls of various sizes.

Enjoy your curly look!

-CurlyBelle

Curling Irons – Choosing a Barrel Size

Wow! There are a lot of choices in the world of hair appliances, especially with curling irons. Sometimes it can be really difficult to choose which one is right for you. All you want to do is create some nice, frizz-free curls. Maybe you’re going out? Will your iron create long, loose curls? Maybe you want to use a curling iron every day to flip the ends of your bob…. which curling iron will give you the look you want?
Hot Tools 3/4With plenty of different barrel sizes available, you are certain to get lots and lots of curls, but the barrel width you choose really depends on your hair length and the type of curl you want to create. Based on the information we found, we have created a handy little guide to help you choose the curl creating iron that is best for you:
3/8 inch barrel: Great for short hair. It creates soft, tight curls, bangs and wisps. Think tendrils.
5/8 inch barrel: Creates smooth, tight curls, on medium length hair. Fantastic for flips.
3/4 inch barrel: Great for all hair lengths, produces medium size curls and waves. The universal size, good for anyone.
1 inch barrel: Creates full curls and waves and root lift. Great on most hair types for creating that long, loose celeb look.
1-1/4 inch barrel: Suggested for large, loose curls, waves and root lift. Think of the volume you can get at the roots.
1-1/2 inch barrel: Best for longer hair, large loose curls, waves and root lift. The biggest, baddest curls ever.
2 inch barrel: Perfect for creating the ultimate loose curls and waves on long hair.
Spring curling iron or Marcel curling iron, you will absolutely love the curls and waves you can create with all of the different sizes. Now you just need to pick one….or two!Need help deciding? Visit our Curling Iron section to see the large assortment we have available, in every size you can imagine, or check out our Best Curling Irons section to see our best-sellers. 
Already have a favorite curling iron? This quick video will show you how to create the curls of your dreams!

-CurlyBelle