Beauty Fix: A foolproof way to curl your hair, a better way to exfoliate and other reasons to switch up your beauty routine
Why-oh-why can’t I figure out how to curl my hair without forming a crimp at the ends?
A stylist friend of mine filled me in on a few tips that are pretty practical but overlooked if you’re in a rush. For starters, your hair should be completely dry before the iron touches it. If it’s even a little wet, the direct heat, when applied, will cause your cuticle to expand and puff up at the tips, making smoothness impossible. Secondly, after sectioning your hair into one-inch pieces, the iron should be clamped down very close to the scalp before rolling it gently towards the tips until they’re completely tucked in. Even if only a few ends escape the barrel clasp, they’ll form an obtuse angle and drive you nuts all day. You can either fix that mistake by wetting the section and starting again or prevent it altogether with the Rowenta Curl Active iron ($179, at salons), which has a minimal clasp, resizeable for your teeny tips—which guarantees you’re curling the ideal size of strand—and a barrel that rotates automatically with the touch of a button. Besides its awesomeness—it’s the lazy-lady’s iron—I found the automatic movement helpful in making sure every piece of hair was accounted for. Traditional irons can lose little bits as you open and close the clamp along the length of your hair. My final tip is to use a serum or thermal protector and set the iron at a moderate temperature, not the highest setting, to ensure you’re heat styling without harming to your hair.
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