Choosing a curling iron is a decision that comes with three important factors: Your hair type, your curl preference, and your lifestyle. You might be someone who loves to curl your hair often, but find that your locks don’t match the looks you’ve prowled the YouTube tutorials for. Hair curling technique can be tricky at times, but it’s pretty likely that you aren’t using the right curling iron for you or your desired look. And, when it comes to curlers, there are a lot of options out there.
All in all, you just want to come out of your bathroom in the morning feeling fresh, styled, and beautiful. Or, maybe you just want the perfect bouncy curls to last through an awesome night out. Either way, the right curling iron is going to make a world of difference.
First things first, let’s talk about the curling irons that won’t deliver you that professional glow. Irons that are not professional-grade styling tools are going to truly damage your hair. Investing in a professional tool means avoiding adding unnecessary heat to your hair via unhealthy materials. At the end of the day, it’s just not worth the breakage, split ends, and loss of hair. And, speaking of healthy hair, you must always, always use a heat protectant. This is especially true if you are someone who uses a curling iron frequently. Another type of iron that we recommend against is one without a clamp. Wand-style irons make it difficult to curl the ends of your hair, curl shorter pieces, and refrain from burns. While in some scenarios, wand irons are helpful, the fact that they make it a huge challenge to curl the ends of your hair is what often leads to strange, sloppy looking curls. When you curl the ends, you style any splits which makes your entire head of hair look altogether healthier.
You know titanium is awesome because it’s the go-to for professionals, and here’s why: As the most durable material, titanium is a safe and reliable option for thicker and coarser hair types. It’s also great for every-day use as the material itself lasts the longest, making it ideal for the ample amount of use that professionals get out of it.
All that glitters really is gold, at least for thicker hair types! Gold is an awesome material because it can handle high heat settings for extended periods of time. While finer hair types don’t need this feature, thick and coarse hair benefits from it tremendously. It’s great for the thicker-haired gal who doesn’t style daily.
This is the most protective of the materials, making it ideal for delicate or fine-to-medium hair types. If your hair is susceptible to more damage than other people’s, go with ceramic. Ceramic smooths hair with even heat which protects against damage, and the tourmaline smooths frizz by emitting negative ions.
1½- 2” for Waves: It should be noted that this barrel size is not ideal for shorter hair. It’s simply too thick in diameter to get enough hair to curl. With that said, we know it’s awesome for medium-length or longer hair types who love giant barrel curls or beachy waves.
Example: 1 1/2" Curling Iron
1-1¼” for Voluminous Curl: When you think of ‘curly hair,’ you probably think of what you can achieve with a curling iron of this size. This creates a beautiful voluminous curl on some shorter hairstyles and all medium-length or longer ones.
Example: 1" Curling Iron
¾” for Ringlets: Shirley Temple, but make it fashion. That’s what you are going to get with an iron with this barrel size. There are also a variety of things people with short hair can do with an iron that is thin in diameter.
Example: 3/4" Curling Iron
So often, people have no idea how important the heat settings on your curling iron are. If you are shopping for one, you are going to want to make sure that it can hit the temperature that is safest for your hair type. See below for the heat setting you should be using based on your luscious locks! And remember, always use heat protectant, and never go above 450 degrees!
Up to 300 Degrees: Ideal for chemically-treated hair or finer strands. Your hair is slightly more fragile, so it requires you to stay in the lower heat setting range to avoid damage.
300-350 Degrees: Ideal for virgin medium-thick hair or chemically-treated thick hair. This is the range in which most people should stay when styling with a curler to get the best results.
350-450 Degrees: Ideal for thick or curly hair. If you’ve been blessed with thick or curly hair, you know that it comes with one caveat: it’s hard to style! That’s why you need a little more heat than the average Jane.
As the winter winds continue to whip, taking your hair’s natural moisture with them and tangling your locks, it is important that you create a solid routine in order to maintain healthy hair. The good news is that FHI Heat, via its full line of Stylus Haircare Products, has already done a lot of the hard work for you. We have created a line of products that protect your hair from any difficulties, whether from the weather, from chemicals or heat, or just everyday wear and tear. Our products will leave your hair soft, manageable, and shiny. One of the best perks about the Stylus Haircare products is that they work together beautifully to take care of your hair from the beginning to the end of the styling process.
When the air turns cold and the world turns darker and greyer, odds are that you are searching for color to help you keep on the bright side of life. Holiday lights and decorations offer some light, but you should also consider winter hair colors to add some brightness to your look this holiday season. FHI Heat understands the latest trends in holiday hair colors and has some advice for styling tools and products, as well. Read on to see if one of these looks is on your wish list and if you think it will get you a second glance under the mistletoe.
As you hustle and bustle preparing for the holidays, we at FHI Heat are thinking about the best and brightest hairstyles that will get you through the coming weeks. Odds are you have some very special places to go in the coming days, and your hair needs to be ready. Considering that last year you spent the holidays tucked away at home, for the most part, it is even more important this year that your hair be on point. Here are 12 of our favorite hairstyles for the season. Not only will they be easy to create, but you can also use FHI Heat products to make the process even more streamlined.