How to Do Loose Wand Curls

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Flowing, loose curls look soft and romantic and can add visual interest and lift to otherwise flat hair. Almost any hair type can get bounce and volume with a quick style from a curling wand. This heated hair appliance is perfect for adding soft texture to an updo by curling a few loose wisps, or if you have a little more time, creating a head full of curls.

Step 1

Select a curling wand with a wide barrel. A 32mm wand barrel is a good size for loose spirals.

Step 2

Brush out your hair then clip the top layer up and out of the way using an alligator clip. If you have a lot of hair, you may need a few clips.

Step 3

Put on the heat-protective glove that comes with your wand kit. Some curling wands may not include a glove. If this is the case, be very careful not to touch the hot wand with your fingers.

Step 4

Grasp a 2-inch section of hair with the gloved hand, and wrap it around the heated wand barrel. Leave some space between the hair coil for a loose, wavy curl. If your curl looks too tight when you release it from the wand, pull the end of the curl to make it relax.

Step 5

Finish curling the bottom layer of hair, then release the clips to let down the top portion. Use the wand to curl 2-inch sections again, making sure to curl the hair away from your face.

Step 6

Let the curls cool for a few minutes before you handle them. To loosen the curl, lightly run your fingers through the hair. Spray the hair lightly to keep the curls intact.