Choose the shape of your curling iron or wand
Curling irons don't just come in one shape - there are many
different shapes that produce different effects.
Cone shaped wands. These wands usually have a smaller end and
widen to a thicker base. They also come in the reverse, with a thicker point
and smaller base. These give precise curls, and allow for you to make thicker
and thinner curls with the different sizes on one tool.
You can get
beach waves with these types of tools. These can create romantic curls that
widen at the bottom.
Straight barrels. This is what is found on typical curling irons. This gives a uniformed shape to your curls, allowing you to have ringlets and coils.
Spiral barrels. These barrels have raised spiral or ribbon
ridges to guide the hair into shape.
Pearl barrels. These have small pearls or balls along the
barrel. This is used for curls that look more like natural curly hair without a
defined perfect shape. It's good for wild, natural curls on any length.
Double or tripe barrels. These are also known as wavers. They
have two or three barrels made together that resembles fingers. Wavers give the
hair figure 8 shaped waves instead of curls. These are best for longer hair.
Flat irons. Another way to curl your hair is to use flat iron. This works with long or short
hair, and can be a way to curl your hair if you already own a straightener and do not want to invest on a special curling iron.