Even in this age of tolerance, I have to admit that not all hair-curling tools are created equal. Or at least that was the start of my rant when my boyfriend once again threw up his hands at the “redundant” (his word, not mine) products and gadgets I have scattered about the bathroom. I channeled my inner defense attorney and argued the case of Curling Irons vs. Hot Rollers.
The Curling Iron
I use my curling iron for minor touch-ups, for just flipping the ends out or under, or cute spirals. It’s great for travel when I don’t want to pack the hot rollers. I have more control for adding a curl here and there. Plus, I have really thick hair so being able to control the temperature is healthier for my locks long-term.
My hot rollers are essential because I can style my entire head in less time. These days time is of the essence – with rollers I can set my hair, then put on my make-up, text my BFF, respond to my emails and check my schedule for the day. Voila – hair curled. If you’re saying, “Oh, I have naturally curly hair, so I don’t need rollers, in fact I wish my hair wasn’t so curly,” then re-think your no-roller plan. Hot rollers will loosen and soften your curls. Rollers are also gentler on the hair so if you have delicate and/or fine hair these should be your go-to appliance.
Either way, you’ll need some specific hair products:
For example, shampoo. (OK, we need shampoo even when not styling our hair afterwards.) But here’s where I’m going to throw you for a loop: it’s better if you don’t wash your hair before curling. Curling doesn’t hold as well if hair is shiny, smooth and uber-clean. So, get yourself a dry shampoo (such as Drybar Detox dry shampoo).
If you are one of those people who must wash her hair, then fine (who am I to come between a gal and her quirks.) Just be sure to apply a mousse, gel, or curl-enhancing cream before drying or you’ll be in for a world of limp frizz. (That may sound like anoxy-moron but it happens. Look at Sarah Jessica Parker the early years.)
Try Tigi Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier or Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Holding foam if you prefer mousse.
Apply a heat protectant before curling your dry hair (such as Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray).
Now, have you surfed the internet and painted your nails? Then your curls are probably set and finished cooling off. Don’t stop now – you’ve put in all this time so you want the curls to last. Top it all off with a finishing spray (try Chi Helmet Head Extra Firm).
I tried to explain the above to my boyfriend. I don’t know if I won the case, but I certainly wore down the opposition. I believe the gavel came down when he sighed and said:
“I have no idea what that all means, but I will say your hair always looks good.”