One of the easiest and quickest ways to give your hairstyle a new lease of life, or to change up your looks for a night out, is curling your hair. There are a great many fantastic hairstyling tools around that make curling hair simple and allow you to create a truly unique look.

Whether you're after tight, bouncy ringlets or soft beach-waves, these top tips will help you to get the curls you want, when you want them!

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Make Sure You Use the Right Curling Tool

Using the right type of curling tool makes all the difference when it comes to curling hair. There are two types of tools you can use: a curling wand or some hair straighteners. (Don't be fooled by the name 'hair straighteners', they can be used to curl hair too!)

Although there are two types of tools, there are huge variations in the quality of products on the market. Lower quality tools will not only give you bad curling results but can also damage your hair too. Look for hair curling tools that use infra-red technology, tourmaline plates or wands and, ideally, adjustable heat.

Another thing to consider when it comes to curling wands is the size of the barrel. The larger the barrel, the bigger and softer the curls. If you're unsure as to which size you want, or if you would like the option to have big, soft curls one day and tight ringlets the next, look for some curling tools that include different sized curling wands in the box.


Know Which Direction to Curl Your Hair In

The biggest mistake that people make when curling hair is to make all the curls go in one direction. This can end up looking quite unnatural. The best thing to do is to ensure the hair around your face is curled backwards (away from your face), and then to alternate the curl direction through the rest of your hair.


Try Holding Your Curling Iron at Different Angles

If you hold your curling iron horizontally, the curls you produce will be tighter. If you hold your curling iron vertically, the curls will be looser. Experiment!


Let Your Curls Cool

Another common mistake is adding hairspray or mousse to your curls too early. If you add any products while your curls are even slightly warm, they will drop out a lot faster. Ideally let your curls cool down for 5 minutes before doing anything to them - this includes running through them with your fingers. It's just 5 minutes - don't touch!


Keeping It Natural

When you're curling hair for a natural look, make sure you don't curl all the way to the ends. Stop around an inch before the ends and leave that last bit of hair to do its own thing. Hair that is curled right down to the ends looks beautiful, but also pretty heavily styled. Naturally curly hair doesn't usually end in a perfect ringlet (except in the movies).


Combat 'Dropping' Curls

Curls will naturally fall out over time, so you need to prepare for this. If you're curling your hair for a night out but aren't heading out for another couple of hours, it's best to 'over-curl' your hair. This way, when you head out the door, the curls will have dropped to the curliness that you are after.

So there you have it, a few tips from the top to get the curls you want. For extra protection for your hair, always make sure that your hair is completely dry before you start curling, and use some heat protection spray. Other than that, enjoy your curls!