From time to time, we all like to change our look up a bit. If you’ve been rocking bone straight extensions for a few months, the time may come when you suddenly feel the urge to go curly. The first thing you’ll probably do is reach for your curling iron – but do you know what you’re doing?
Curling irons are a common staple in most homes, but not everyone knows how to properly use them. A lot of caution must be taken when applying any kind of heat to your hair. Too much heat or improper use of a heating instrument can cause irreversible damage. This can be especially catastrophic when it comes to your expensive hair extensions!
Here are some helpful tips for using curling irons on your hair extensions:
Practice Makes Perfect
If this is your first time using a curling iron, don’t make the mistake of jumping straight into it. Even if you’ve done your homework, you can still make mistakes. The best way to ensure that you don’t accidentally burn your hair (or your skin – yikes!) is to practice with your curling iron off.
After reading some articles and watching some tutorials, figure out the motions that you’ll need to make in order to achieve the look you want. Once you’ve got the wrist action down, you’re ready to try curling you hair with the heat on.
Use Protection – Heat Protection!
The number one rule when applying any kind of heat to your hair is to always use protection. Good heat protecting products like Design Essentials® SLEEKPLAY HOT STYLE Thermal Styling Glaze help to protect your hair from heat while also infusing moisture and enhancing curl and style memory. Do yourself a favor and get yourself a good heat protecting product before even attempting to curl your hair.
Invest In The Proper Equipment
If you’re trying to properly curl your silky straight Brazilian extensions, then your cheap curling iron from middle school might not cut it! You need a curling iron that can do the job and do it right. Look for a higher quality curling iron that comes with multiple curling wands. It might cost you a bit in the beginning, but your investment will pay off in the long run – trust me!
Don’t Turn The Heat Up Too High!
Some people think that higher heat will help keep curls in place longer, but this kind of thinking leads to hair damage! Your curling iron should never be higher than 390 degrees Fahrenheit.
Part Your Hair In Sections
When curling a full head of hair, organization is key. Don’t simply jump right in there and start curling random patches of hair. The last thing you want when trying to safely curl your hair is to have the rest of your hair getting in the way. Part your hair into manageable sections to help things go smoothly.
Keep Your Curls In Place!
So you’ve done it! You’ve achieved your first curly ‘do with your hair extensions. Now what? Well, finish off your look with a lightweight finishing spray to help hold things in place while adding a bit of sheen to your curls! Design Essentials® Wave By Design® Mist & Shine Dry Finishing Spray is a great option.
Seek A Professional If You’re Still Unsure
If you’re still unsure of how to use a curling iron on your extensions, don’t attempt to go at it blindly. Take the time to seek help from a professional stylist. In addition to curling the hair for you, they can assist you with any questions you may have or give you some tips to help you do it on your own.