Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Do or Don't: Curling Irons.



Hello Tuesday, where did Monday even go?  I'm having the feeling that this week is going to be a week of serious and important blog posts, especially since I'm starting on a Tuesday.  So, first up: do you all curl your hair???

I am a 30 year old woman who has never owned a curling iron.  I used to put up with those pink squishy but not squishy enough to sleep on curlers when I was little, which resulted in completing my "puffiest of sleeves" (yes that was an Anne of Green Gables reference) first communion look, as pictured above.  But as I've been spending time researching haircuts lately (Sidebar: I got my hair cut on Sunday and did some layers but nothing major.  Click here to see!) I've noticed that all these girls have curly hair and there are not that many curly haired people out there- are there?

So here are my questions:


  1. Do you use a curling iron.
  2. If so, when, and how?!?!
  3. Are you shocked that I do not and never have owned one, or is it no big deal?
Please, let's chat in the comments.  This is serious, you guys.

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13 comments:

  1. Lookin' cute as always, lady! I love the bangs. :)

    I have long, thick, straight hair with only the smallest bit of natural wave. Curling irons have never worked for me. The curls fall right out in a matter of hours. I curl my hair with a flat iron (this sort of technique: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGaTXE-H-AU&feature=share&list=UU3Ic1DIdHPuC_uY-Ky5rnIw) and it works miraculously! It holds for days and has changed my life! Melodramatic, but true. I adore it. I find that taking a few minutes to throw a few curls in my hair often turns a bad hair day into a good one. Very little effort yields fancy results.

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    1. Fascinating! Going to go watch that youtube video right now! Thanks!

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  2. I own one, but I've used it maybe twice in the last 5 years and am completely inept at it. I have long but very thin/fine hair, so it doesn't like to hold any kind of shape, period - no amount of volumizing shampoos or mousses or hairsprays have changed that. Combine that with my ineptness with the curling iron, and it is really just not worth the 45 minutes or so of effort it takes me to curl my whole head of hair (yeah. inept and super slow with it).

    I actually get better 'curl' by putting my hair up in a twist bun with spin pins while it's still wet - curly when I take it out hours later. Sometimes it lasts through sleeping on it at night.

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    1. Oh yeah, a twist bun has worked for me too, but definitely looks the best when I first take it out.

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  3. I haven't used a curling iron in over 10 years, so I can't give any good advice there. My hair is naturally wavy but it's hard to get the waves to stay put in an attractive way (so I usually either wear it up or straighten it)...I wish I could get the "naturally messy" look to work for me! But it either gets really frizzy or I just really have this urge to brush it to make it look neater but brushing it ruins the waves. I think everyone wants their hair to do something that it just can't do very well.

    I'm going to have to try that straight iron technique for curling in an earlier comment...I've heard of that but never done it before! I do second the idea that sleeping on wet, twisted hair gives good, non-frizzy waves. I just usually don't plan that far ahead.

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    1. OMG I long for the naturally messy look too! I also love brushing my hair too, which is so anti naturally messy.

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  4. Your hair looks great! Yes, I own one. I think it has a two inch barrel. It's kind of a pain, because I don't just clamp the ends of my hair in it and roll it up-it would look awful like that. I actually hold open the clamp and wrap my hair around the barrel, starting at my scalp, hold it there a few seconds and then do it again farther down the strand and repeat until I get to the ends (I have pretty long hair). This gives it a good, loose, wavy curl. It also gives me burnt fingers. An easier and faster way for me is to use hot rollers. I just roll up my hair in the rollers, leave them in for 5-10 minutes (usually while I do my make up and brush my teeth), and then laugh at the tight curls when I unroll them. THEN, I run my fingers through the curls-no brush. After 20 minutes (eating my breakfast), the curls fall out a bit and are less severe. Then sometimes I run my brush through my hair for the Veronica Lake look or sometimes I just let it be. There you go. Now you are probably sorry you asked!

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    1. Very interesting, I've never tried hot rollers but they sound kind of great!

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  5. this one --> http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod1080008

    Works like a charm! Seriously. I love it. I've been using it pretty much every day (oops), but my hair is so bleh that I need something to give it shape!

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  6. i have wavy hair so it's pretty easy to make my hair straight or curly. i am abysmal with a curling iron. so i got a curling wand a few months ago after seeing this video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlJ_KkfEbNg ) and I LOVE IT. after using it a few times i can pretty much get awesome curls in no time.

    ohmygosh i sound like an infommecial! seriously though, it's great. i also do "no heat curls" sometimes but those aren't super predictable. . .

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  7. Oh how I remember the pinky squishy curlers. My mom used to wrap my hair up in them nearly every night... until I hit puberty and my hair got crazy kinky curly all on it's own! Now it seems that I have a problem quite the opposite of yours - I can't quite figure out the straightening iron. I've tried it a billion times only to quit when I start to see smoke wafting up from my long locks. Now the only time I get a chance to run my fingers through my hair is immediately after a new cut when the stylist blows it out.

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  8. I use my straighteners to curl my hair, which I know sounds like an oxymoron. Just clamp your hair at the top, roll it and then slowly pull the iron out of your hair. It's hard to explain... haha. I like doing it that way because you can do really tight curls or just loose messy curls, it's easy to control.

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