A curling wand makes waving your hair much easier. In no time at all you can create glamorous curls for a big night out or beachy textures for everyday. The possibilities are endless and only depend on how well you understand the different things you can do with this contemporary quick-fix tool. Knowing what a curl will look like when you take it off the rod is the first step, and will help you better plan out the prep for a range of styles. For an easy guide on shaping a variety of ribbons, twists, and turns, click the notes. –– Kelly Rowe
Flat Wrap: As it sounds, the hair is wrapped around the wand with no twisting and turning; it lays completely flat. This style wrap with give a ribboning effect and is best for big classic curls and prepping hair for updos.
Twisted Wrap: In this wrap the section of hair is completely twisted around itself, and then wrapped around the wand. When this curl is loosened it breaks apart giving a softly deconstructed look. This style is great for natural-looking curly and wavy textures.
Half and Half: A half flat and half twisted wrap is going to be the softest. This is great for creating beachy textures and vintage looks.
TIP: For the most natural look go for a mixture of all three styles. Perfectly uniform curl patterns do not happen in natural hair, so mixing it up will make it appear that you woke up, rolled out of bed, shook your head, and discovered the world’s sultriest waves…