Different curl types
24 November 2017

7 Wonders Of The Curl

In today’s post we show you the 7 Wonders of the Curl. Discover the different curls you can achieve with different curling products. The looks you can achieve with each curl type are endless and you might find your new favourite below.


The Tight Curl

We’ve got the steps for you to achieve this really cute classic look.


What you will need:

  • A 19mm curling iron or wand
  • Heat protectant styling product
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair ties or hair clips (to section your hair)
  • Flexible hairspray or setting spray (whichever you prefer)


How to achieve the look:

  1. Start with freshly washed hair. Add a heat protectant before drying your hair to protect your locks.
  2. Use a concentrator attachment with your hair dryer to dry the hair with a smooth finish. If you have naturally curly hair you could use a diffuser attachment to enhance the natural shape of your curl.
  3. Divide your hair into sections with your preferred part, whether it be in the centre or the side.
  4. Pro tip: Tie off one section of the hair that you won’t be working on first to make things easier for you
  5.  Start with a 4cm piece of hair from the loose section that you haven’t tied back
  6. Using a 19mm curling iron to get those beautiful tight, spiral curls, select a temperature that is suitable for your hair type.
  7.  Wrap the hair around the heated iron, starting around 4 - 8cm from the root of your hair. You want to start away from the face when wrapping the hair
  8. Pro tip: If you’re using a heated curling iron with a clamp, open the clamp, tuck the end of the hair section under it and then wind the tong up so the hair wraps around it
  9.  Leave the curler in the hair for 8 - 10 seconds, however depending on your hair type, thickness and selected temperature you may need to adjust accordingly.
  10. Starting on the next section, this time wrap your hair in the opposite direction to give it a more natural look.
  11.  Repeat steps 7 -11.


Post styling tips

Finish off with flexible hairspray for the look to last.

If hairspray is not your preferred choice, use a styling wax that tames frizz and keeps the hair from being too crunchy.


The Smooth Curl

This style is best for people who have dry or frizzy hair, and want to achieve a nice smooth curl.

What you will need:


How to achieve the look:

  1. Start by washing your curly locks with a moisturising and hydrating shampoo and conditioner. This will help tame the frizz and prevent it from looking dry.
  2. Start drying your hair with a concentrator attachment for a smooth finish.
  3. Separate your hair into sections to make curling easier for you.
  4. Use a hot roller set with a soft flocked coating that’s gentle on the hair and for a smooth curl.
  5. Select your roller size and roll your hair in sections and secure with a clip or pin.
  6. Pro tip: You can curl in any direction you like there are no rules!
  7. Repeat the curling process until you’ve finished rolling your entire hair.
  8. Leave the rollers in your hair until they are cold to allow the curls to set before unrolling.


Styling tips:

Use a pre-styling cream that doesn't contain alcohol. Products that have alcohol in them can dry your hair out.


Structured Spiral Waves

This look is perfect if you want something that looks great for everyday. You can do this at the beginning of the working week and not have to worry about it after the 2 - 3 day wear depending, on your hair type.


What you need for this style:

  • Hair dryer
  • Heat protectant
  • Conical spiral curling wand
  • Hair ties or hair clips
  • Hairspray


How to achieve this look:

  1. Start with using a heat protectant and blow dry into the hair.
  2. Section your hair into three sections vertically and secure with either a hair tie or a hair clip.
  3. With the first section, take a small piece of hair and start lightly twisting it from base to end.
  4. Pro Tip: Twisting the hair before curling it will result in a more defined, textured curl.
  5. With the twisted section start wrapping this piece around a curling iron. We used a conical spiral curling wand to achieve this look.
  6. Leave it in the hair for 8 - 10 secs before releasing the curl to cool down.
  7. Repeat this process until all sections are curled.
  8. Shake the curls out with fingers only. This will loosen the waves more and give your hair a little of volume.


Post Styling Tips:

Spritz your hair with a flexible hairspray so your style holds longer.


The Full Curl, Defined Wave

This style looks great on all lengths of hair from short to medium and long hair. If you’re looking for something that is great for everyday or even for a special occasion this can be a glamorous look for you.


What you need for this look:

  • An automatic curling tool with a 25 and 35mm attachment
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair oil (for post styling)
  • Heat protectant styling product
  • Hair ties or hair clips


How to get this look:

  1. Pre wash hair and using a heat protectant for your hair type, spread this evenly throughout and dry your hair.
  2. Section hair to make curling easier for you, we like to section in three separate parts, below the ear, middle and top of the crown section.
  3. Take an automatic curling tool, we use this one. We’ve used the 35mm attachment for a full curl but if you want a more defined style use the 25mm attachment.
  4. Set the temperature at 210 degrees (or select the temperature that is suitable for your hair type), set the timer at 8 sec and select the alternate curl setting.
  5. Start curling 3-4cm sections of hair, allowing the hair to be automatically drawn into the curl chamber. Here you can find out more on how to use an automatic curler
  6. Curl the rest of your sections until all done.
  7. Let the curls dry and brush out post styling.


Post Styling Tips:

Apply a small amount of hair oil to give your look shine and minimise any flyaways.


The Medium Loose Curl

This type of curl is definitely the most versatile that you can wear everyday and it’s an easy style to achieve.

What you need:

  • A 25mm curling tool
  • Hair dryer
  • Heat protectant
  • Smoothing serum or hair mousse depending on your hair type
  • Flexible hairspray


Here’s how you do it:

  1. Wash and dry your hair to prep for curling. If you have fine hair use a hair mousse from roots to ends to hold the curls for longer. If you have thick hair look into using a smoothing serum to tame frizz.
  2. Section your hair into three sections vertically and secure with a hair tie or clip.
  3. Using a 25mm curling tong curl your hair and hold the curl for at no more than 10 secs. Curl in opposite directions for each section of hair so it looks more natural.
  4. Curl the remaining section of your hair.
  5. Remove the hair ties or clips.
  6. Wait until your curls have cooled down before running your fingers through your hair to separate them.


Post Styling Tips:

Spray flexible hairspray after you’ve done curling to prolong the curls


Large Voluminous Curls

This look is perfect for those with medium to long hair lengths. Perfect for a big night out or a special occasion.


What you need for this style:

  • A 38mm curling iron
  • Hair dryer to dry your hair pre styling
  • Flexible hairspray
  • Hair ties or hair clips to section hair
  • Nourishing oil for post styling


How to achieve this look:

  1. Start with freshly washed hair using a hair dryer to dry it.
  2. Pro tip: Don’t forget to use the cool shot on your blow dryer to seal the hair cuticle and add shine.
  3. Separate your hair into sections to make curling easier for you.
  4. Take a 3 -4cm section of hair and using a 38mm curling tool curl away from the face.
  5. Hold for 8 - 10 secs and release the curl still intact slowly. Repeat steps 4 - 6 until all sections are curled.
  6. Once all the curls have cooled down, run your fingers through your hair only focusing on the ends of the hair. This will give it a more relaxed and softer look.


Post styling tips:

  • Use a nourishing oil for the ends of your hair to replenish the locks
  • Spray a very light mist of flexible hairspray when the look is complete to hold the style together and give it a nice sheen


Large Loose Waves

For that “beachy”, relaxed waves that you can wear for any occasion and goes with any outfit!


What you will need:

  • A large sized curling tool or automatic curler
  • Hair clips or hair ties
  • Teasing comb (if you want to tease the crown section)
  • Flexible hairspray


How to achieve this look:

  1. Start with second day hair for added texture. Separate your hair into sections with a hair clip or hair tie.
  2. Using an automatic waver (add link to smooth and wave) take a small section of hair 3 - 4cm and start curling away from the face.
  3. Taking another section of hair, only this time curling the opposite direction, using the alternate curl setting. Do this sequence for all the other sections of hair. This will create a more natural, effortless look.
  4. Find out more here about how to use an automatic waver. (link to Smooth and Wave)
  5. Once you have curled all sections, comb through the ends of your hair using your fingers. Shake out the tightness of the curls as well so you create a softer look.


Post styling tips:

  • For a more fuller finish, tease volume into the crown section by grabbing a 4 - 6cm wide section at the top near the back of the head. Use a backcomb to tease this section and smooth the front with a bit of hairspray.
  • Don’t forget to spray a light mist of flexible hairspray to hold everything in.


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Love Your Style, From the VS Sassoon Team.