1994, Kindergarten – I was five years old, fiercely independent and determined to curl my own hair. The details of exactly how the morning went down are slightly blurry because A). it was 20 years ago, and B). I am still trying to forget the searing pain of hot metal on my wrist. Yes, I, “Miss I'll-do-it-myself" marched my booty into my mother’s bathroom and proceeded to somehow burn the crap out of my wrist. I spent the several days afterward not being able to color due to the large burn and the subsequent scar that still graces my wrist, and ever since I have had a, we'll call it "testy," relationship with curling my hair.
Well, it only took 24 years, but I finally mended my relationship with the iron. In 24 years of cotillions and homecoming dances and dance performances that ended in tight Shirley Temple curls crossed with a wet poodle, I've learned a lot of lessons in how NOT to curl your hair. So here in all there I have no idea what I am doing glory the 5 biggest hair curling mistakes I used to make!
Mistake One: Washing your Hair
Curls like oil, so embrace the bits of yesterday left over. For years I could not fathom not washing my hair every day. Once I embraced the dry shampoo and realized that, in fact, my middle school gym teacher was not going to hunt us down if we didn't wash our hair every day, my curls started sticking around longer!
Mistake Two: Volume After Curling
I have always said my hair couldn't hold volume if I paid it. Before I was introduced to Not Your Mothers Volumizing Spray: She's a Tease (thank you Infleunster!) and a back comb. I would have been right. When I first started to really curl my hair correctly I attempted to add volume AFTER my curls were set — big mistake. Creating a foundation of volume while my hair is straight allows the curls to have something to cling to as well as not flattening in the backcombing process.
Mistake Three: Using the Curling Iron Clamp
A surefire way to channel your inner Shirley Temple is to use the iron’s clamp. Using the clamp suffocates the curl while wrapping the hair around the barrel allows for the hair to breath and create the ? . The big, beach-y waves we all desire.
Mistake Four: Not using Tools that Are Hot Enough
I AM CHEAP. Like coupon queen cheap. For years I attempted to curl my hair with the cheapest curling iron I could get my hands on, and in my quest to save a buck or two I struggled with control over the heat. Then I purchased a Hot Tools iron and figured out what my life had been missing. Being able to control the heat of your iron allows the curler (you) to control the hold of the curl.
Mistake Five: Hair Spraying AFTER curling
If you look up in the sky and see that the ozone layer has gotten slightly larger it is because this girl finally learned how to use hairspray AS I GO rather than in one hella long spray at the end. By spraying each section as I go, it allows each curl to get the spray attention it needs and deserves if I expect them to keep looking perky all day!
*Keep in mind that I am NOT a professional hair do-er. I am a professional "sit-down-and-continue-reading-er” and a “no-you-may-not-go-to-the-bathroom-er". I am just speaking from my experience of mending my relationship with my curling iron!