Is there a better way to turn people’ heads than to walk down the street with your hair perfectly styled and a dashing smile? We believe there is not, so we will help you get the best out of your brand new curling tongs and create curls that will not only last longer but also look completely natural!

Get curling tongs in your hands and prepare yourself for the only hair tutorial you’ll ever need!

1. Prepare your hair

The number one advice and first step in curling your hair is to prepare it. By that, we mean washing it the day before you plan on curling it up, so you ensure that your hairstyle lasts longer. There are some special shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, etc. that you can find in your local drugstore, and that can help you prepare your hair for the curls.
If you have thick hair, they will loosen it up, and if you have thin hair, they can ensure it suffers no heat damage. Preparation is the key, so we advise you to focus on this step fully.
After washing it up, blow dry your hair so you can move to the next step.

2. Apply heat protectant

As mentioned before, it is really important to get your hair ready for curling. The next step in this process happens right before you start actually curling it up. Make sure that you apply a heat protectant on your hair. It is extremely important to cover each section of hair if you want to avoid heat damage. If you don’t have enough money to buy a special product, you can apply coconut or almond oil, as it will do the job perfectly.

3. Divide your hair into sections

It will be much easier for you if you divide your hair into sections. You don’t have to curl up your entire hair, and especially you don’t have to do it all at once. It is advisable that you use hair clips to lift top sections of your hair, so you can start curling the ones closest to your head and neck first.

4. Choose the size of the curls

If you have flexible curling tongs that can be adjusted to the desired size of curls, you are lucky! If not, we still hope you have bought the size you prefer the most. The fact is that the size of the barrel and the size of the curl are proportionally related, meaning that if you want a bigger curl, you should choose a wider barrel.

5. Start curling

Start by taking a small piece of your hair and roll it around your curling tongs. Make sure that you are holding your curling tongs vertically. Before wrapping your hair around them, think about the desired direction of your curls. To ensure the natural look, use the same direction for each curl. For example, start from the bottom of the tongs and wrap your hair in a circle from left to right.

6. Curling process duration

This depends on the heat capacity of your curling tongs. The most common curling tongs temperature setting is up to 200 degrees. If that so, you should hold each piece of hair in the clamps of curling tongs for 10-20 seconds. Make sure that you read the instructions, so you are aware of the temperature of your curling tongs. The higher the temperature, the faster the curling process is.

7. Unwind your hair patiently

After 10-20 seconds pass, unwind your piece of hair gently and patiently. You will see a perfect curl right there! Make sure that you don’t damage the piece of hair you have already curled up after you move to the next sections.

8. After-care

There are additional products you can use to ensure that curls last longer. You can find them in a local drugstore. Apply them evenly on your hair, focusing on lower parts, right where the curls are. Don’t apply more than it’s needed, as it may cause your hair to look unnatural.

9. Go out and show everyone your new hairstyle!

General tips & ideas

  • Set your blow dryer to lower heat in order to avoid blow dry mistakes and not damage your hair while drying it.
  • Think about the size of the curls in advance, and consider whether you want to have curly hair from the top of your head to the bottom or just big curls in the end.
  • Always apply a heat protectant, and look for alternative ways if you don’t have one – coconut oil, avocado oil, butter, etc.
  • To have looser curls, go through your curls with your fingers until you achieve the desired look.
  • To make curls last longer, use hair clip while you sleep, so they don’t lose their shape.


With these tips, your hair will look like you just stepped down from a runway. Follow them, and you will feel and look like a star.

About the Author James S

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