There are many advantages to using a curling iron to create great hairstyles such as saving money on expensive hair salon visits and also having the chance to experiment with different curl styles. Curling irons are becoming increasingly popular and are the best option for creating smooth professional curls by yourself. A curling iron also makes the task of transforming your look super fast too. With a bit of practice you can complete your entire head of hair in less than fifteen minutes. Curling hair with a curling iron also allows versatility.

Many people think that using a curling hair with a curling iron means that you can just create one type of curl and one look but in fact you can create many different styles and looks with a curling iron. There are three main types of curl you can create with a curling iron. You can make a spiral curl, a natural ripple style wave and also a ribbon style curl. A curling iron without a clamp or clip will give you the best results if you wish to experiment with different shaped curls because you will be able to twist and wrap your around the barrel without the clamp getting in the way.

A spiral curl can be created by curling hair with a small-medium size barrel. To achieve a good spiral curl it is best to use smaller sections of hair and it is best if they have a more random distribution around the head and not divided into obvious rows etc as it will look too forced. You should spray the section with a heat protective spray and mildly twist the section of hair so it is kept close together. Hold the hair for a little longer on the barrel for this style of curl. To make sure the spiral curl keeps its shape, hold the hair as you slide it off the barrel and scrunch it up so the curl does not drop. Spray with a holding hairspray straight away before you move on to the next section. Once you have completed all sections, gently loosen apart the sections with your fingers. Do not use a brush or comb on your hair once the hair has been curled.

A wavy curl hairstyle can also be achieved by curling hair with a curling iron. To create a wavy hairstyle in which it looks like ripples or waves going down the length of the hair, you will need to work with wide sections of hair of approximately 3 inches wide. One you have combed a section of hair ready to use, spray it with a heat protective spray. Gather the hair together at the root of the hair and wrap it around the barrel. Hold for seven seconds and the slide the hair off the barrel. While the hair is still warm, gently pull on the end of the hair to loosen and elongate the curl. Always start curling hair from the lower sections first and finish with the top layer.

A ribbon curl is just like the shape you get when you curl gift ribbon. It has a spiral shape but the hair has a more tube like appearance like Shirley Temple curls. To create this affect when curling hair, you must use medium width sections of one and a half inches. Start the curl at least two inches away from the root of the hair. The width of the hair must be kept flat against the barrel at all times and the section of the hair cannot get twisted as it goes around. This does require more care but with some practice you will be able to control the wrapping easily. Do not comb or brush these types of curls after you have created them because they will easily lose their ribbon like appearance. If you wish to loosen or lengthen them, only gently pull on the section at the tip of the hair. You should spray the hair immediately with a holding hairspray to help keep the shape of the curls.

Curling hair with a clamp free curling iron will enable you to create many different styles of curls. By changing the width and orientation of the sections of hair that you curl you can create either spiral, wavy or ribbon curls. There are great online tutorials to help you get the most out of your curling iron so keep practicing and have fun curling hair any way you want.
Once you start using a curling iron you will never want to use anything else and creating fun and different hairstyles will be quick and easy. Curls are very popular at the moment and the best way to get the latest fashionable hairstyles is with a curling iron. They can create curls faster and are easy to use, the curls created are smoother and longer lasting and most importantly you will be able to create a whole range of different styles curls a curling iron perfect to use for any occasion.