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Tips on Curling With a Straightener and Using Hot Rollers

Curling 101: Mastering the Art of Hair Curling With TRESemmé Celeb Stylist Joh Bailey

Curls, curls, curls! They were everywhere last night on Australia's Next Top Model — particularly during the mannequin challenge — and as they can be created using a variety of different methods and used to add volume, as well as worn as a style, we thought it high-time we have a little masterclass with TRESemmé's Head Stylist, Joh Bailey.

Rollers: Use to create lift

Cool rollers are used when wanting to "create bounce and lift." If it's a curl you're after, then skip to the tong or straightening iron. How do you decide between hot and cold rollers? According to Bailey, "it's a similar premise for hot and cold rollers. They both work to give the hair lift at the root. You would use them when you are looking to create a glamorous, bouncy curl, something that is polished — like Marilyn Monroe. They're most ideal on medium thickness hair that has a natural wave."

Keep reading . . .Tongs/straighteners: Use to curl

When using a straightener to add a curl to the hair, "the movement is exactly the same as if you were curling a ribbon," says Bailey. "Firstly wrap the hair around the straightening iron and then pull the hair out and then twist at the end just as you would do when curling a ribbon." Whether curling with a straightener or tong, always keep in mind that "the wider or bigger the tong or iron the longer, looser and bigger the curls. The smaller the tong or iron the tighter and smaller the curls will be."

Joh's top curling tips to remember:

  • The size of the tong or hair straightener affects the size and tightness of the curl
  • If using a curl to create volume for an up 'do, always curl the full head, but rest assured, the curls don’t need to be perfect
  • If you want a long-lasting look, opt for small and tight curls
  • If you have day-old hair use a product like
    <product target="_blank" href="">TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo</product> ($11.49)on the roots of the hair to give it some lift
  • Spray each section of hair with
    <product target="_blank" href="">TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray</product> ($7.99) before curling
  • If you want to be each safe you can also pin the curls until they curl, then brush through with your fingers or a brush, depending how defined you would like the curls to stay

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