How to Use a Curling Wand

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If you’ve ever wanted to try using a curling wand for soft natural-looking waves, but weren’t sure how to maneuver it, this tutorial is for you! Regular curling irons can be more damaging to the hair since they clamp it in place, and sometimes they can even leave unsightly creases and crimps behind. Fortunately, with a wand, you’ll avoid crimps and creases altogether and by not clamping your hair in between two pieces of hot metal, you’ll be saving your hair some damage. I have fairly fine hair with a slight bend, which can look rather limp if just left down. This is why for as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved to curl my hair. It just feels bouncy and pretty when it is voluminous and full of stylish waves.

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To get started, you’ll need to first choose a wand. The most affordable and least damaging are generally ceramic barrels infused or coated with tourmaline (here’s an interesting article that explains the pros and cons associated with ceramic, tourmaline and titanium options). I use a Bed Head Split Personality 1″ Tapered Curling Wand. The nice thing about a tapered wand is that you can get looser curls by wrapping hair around the base and tighter curls by wrapping hair around the tip.

Before using any method of heat styling on your hair, you should absolutely always use some sort of heat protection to create a barrier between your hair and the heat. I always use Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-in Fortifier on my wet hair after showering and before blow drying.

Lastly, if your wand has a temperature setting, you’ll want to set it to the lowest temperature that will work for your hair. I recommend starting low and increasing the temperature if needed.

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Now to get started: you’ll want to select about a 1″ section of hair. Holding it at the end, pull it away from your head and wrap it around the barrel of the wand. I like my curls to roll away from my face, so I’m wrapping them around the barrel that way.

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Sometimes, it helps to clip part of your hair back, so you can curl in sections. Since I don’t have particularly thick hair, I like to just separate my hair into two sections. I’ll start by clipping the top half back and curling everything underneath. Then, I’ll release the clip and curl the top layer of hair. This helps me keep it organized and also helps me avoid missing any pieces.

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Wrap all of your hair around the wand and then just hold the very end of your piece of hair between your fingers. Hold it like this for 5-10 seconds. Try not to hold it too long here – the longer your hair is subject to direct heat, the more damaging it can be.
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Reaching your hands around your head might be a better position for you. Sometimes I find it easier to handle the wand doing everything from behind. This can seem really awkward at first, but with a bit of practice, it becomes quite easy!

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Don’t forget to let your curls cool completely before touching them. This allows them to set properly.

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Personally, I like my curls to be looser and more natural looking. I’ll usually comb through my hair afterwards or brush out my curls with a boar bristle brush. My mom gave me this Mason Pearson brush years ago, and it’s still my favorite!

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I admit that I curl my hair more than I probably should, which is why I try to use a deep conditioning hair mask once a week like this one (also featured here). Hair heath is important and shouldn’t be over looked!

Thanks for stopping by and cheers to the start of a great week! Will you try using a wand on your hair this week?
xo -L

17 Comments

  1. tinyecospa
    April 4, 2016 / 12:02 am

    Oh yes, I have a Nume curling wand and I love it! Even though my hair is naturally curly, it makes you feel extra polished for occasions, and less damaging than the clamp-down versions like you said!
    tinyecospa.com

    • April 4, 2016 / 10:13 pm

      I’ve never tried a Nume wand, but thanks for sharing that you love it! I love getting suggestions for new products to try!

  2. April 4, 2016 / 11:00 am

    I always switch between a curling wand and a classic curling iron, both definitely take time to learn how to use! Love the way you styled your hair, so gorgeous!

    Rachel | http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

    • April 4, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! I switch off as well, depending how I’m feeling on that occasion!

    • April 4, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Hi Samantha – so glad you stopped by! When I was young, I used to wish I had naturally curly hair – you are lucky 🙂

    • April 4, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      It can definitely be a little awkward to use at times, but you get used to it! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • April 4, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      You are always so kind, Sarah! Thanks for stopping by! xx

    • April 4, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks, Biana! Glad you like the “wanded” look! xx

    • April 4, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂 Isn’t it the best?! it really gives that natural look! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. October 27, 2016 / 3:27 am

    This is a great guide. I had bought a new curling wand. Your post really help me

    • October 29, 2016 / 5:46 pm

      So glad I was able to help, Karen! Hope your hair came out great!