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    Ways to Curl Hair, Here are some options

    Woman Curling Her Hair With a Curling Iron

    How to Curl Hair

    The vagaries of trends, styles and fashions dictates whether curly hair is desirable or straight hair is thought of as more attractive. Hair styling is a complex mixture of processes – cutting, coloring, straightening, curling, weaving, texturing, relaxing and a host of other procedures and treatments to enhance the looks and also improve hair quality and stop hair loss. Hair done into braids, up-dos, and aggressive styles and the use of accessories is can leave even the healthiest of hair begging for mercy.

    Hair curling has always been a desirable option for women with straight hair, particularly when hair styles and trends have dictated big, poufy hair, ringlets, spiral curls, or the desire by some who find straight hair dull and boring, so there will always be a demand for hair curling procedures, both temporary and permanent.


    The humble hair curler or roller sported by the sleepy matron in her night-gown, frequently portrayed by the media, was one of the most common and popular methods of curling hair to get the desired coifed look. Simple rollers or heated rollers can be used to achieve the desired coiffure.

    Curling Irons

    Curling irons or tongs create waves or curls in the hair. The diameter of the curling iron may vary to give you the desired effect. The shapes also differ – cones, cylinders, reverse cones, there can be brush attachments, and more multiple barrels as well.

    A smaller diameter will give you spiral curls or ringlets whereas a bigger diameter curling iron will give you bolder curls or waves. These can also add bounce and volume to hair that is otherwise fine or thin. Different materials such as ceramic, Teflon, metal, tourmaline, titanium are used for the manufacture of the curling irons and typically each has its own plus and negative points.

    A Perm

    As early as the late 1940’s the cold wave procedure called the ‘cold wave’ was developed by Arnold F Willatt, which required the hair to be wrapped in rods after which a reduction lotion containing ammonium thioglycolate was used on the hair. Later in the 70’s acid perms were brought to market.

    In the late 70’s and 80’s when big hair was quite popular, perming really came into its own. The term ‘Perm‘ comes from ‘Permanent Wave’. The usual perming process involves two processes – firstly the actual wrapping of the hair on to rods and the use of end papers. Then is the chemical phase that alters the chemical bonds present in the hair.

    The Digital Perm

    This method of perming is particularly popular among Asian populations. It uses hot rods that have their temperature controlled by a machine and digitally displayed. The digital perm requires not only the chemical solution to be applied to the hair, but also the heating process. The shape and the texture of the perm is different with a digital perm and the hair appears different when wet as well. This procedure is also called a cold perm.

    For pictures of great looks check out our Pinterest Curly Hairstyles and Wavy Hairstyles Boards.

    About the Author: Sarika Periwal promotes natural hair treatments over invasive chemical ones. She has written about natural hair coloring options that are quite effective and produce gorgeous results. You can color your hair into shades of blonde, brown, red, black or even a beautiful tint of blue using natural substances.

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