The texture of your hair can present both challenges and benefits. Coarse hair tends to be thicker and more voluminous but it can also be drier and hard to style. Styling your coarse hair with heat can cause your hair to dry out, so be sure to use moisturizing products and hair treatments. That said, if your coarse hair is healthy and in good condition, curling is tolerated well and can be done with little damage.
Things You'll Need
Spray your clean, dry hair with a moisturizing, leave-in conditioner. Brush to distribute and detangle.
Separate your hair into two sections, one in the front and one in the back. Clip the front section up to keep it out of the way while you work on the back.
Select a 1/2-inch section of hair. Choose a few strands so the heat can penetrate the entire section.
Open the barrel of the curling iron and clamp down on the section. Slide the iron down toward the tip of your hair.
Curl up toward your scalp by wrapping the hair around the barrel. Wrap the hair away from your face.
Hold the iron in place for about 10 seconds after reaching your scalp. Carefully touch the hair around the iron to determine if the heat is penetrating the layers of hair. It should feel hot, not cool.
Release the curling iron clamp and carefully slide the iron out of your hair.
Spritz the curl with a flexible-hold hairspray. Maximum-hold spray can be very drying and can cause coarse hair to look crispy. You’ll achieve a softer, natural look with flexible-hold.
Curl your entire head in the same manner. Follow with a full spritz of hair spray and then smooth on one drop of glossing serum. Coarse hair can look dry and dull, so use a glossing product to add shine and moisture to your curls.
Glossing serums are usually made of silicone. These products coat hair, adding shine and softness. Purchase these products at your local beauty supply store.
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