Curly hair has a very feminine, youthful look, but it isn’t always easy to achieve. But, professional and effortless curls are a cinch with these easy to follow tips. Even if you’re a curling wand master, you could always use a few more tricks up your sleeve.

Size Matters
Size Matters

When it comes to curling wands, the size of the barrel makes a big difference in the appearance of your curls. Smaller barrels create tighter curls, whereas larger barrels create loose waves.

Double Take
Double Take

Yes, curling wands and curling irons create different curls, but there is no need to go out and buy both tools. If you already have a curling iron all you need is a screwdriver and you’ve got yourself a wand. Just unscrew the clip from your iron!

No Effort Waves
No Effort Waves

Well, these waves take a little effort, but it’s very minimal. If you want a quick, loose look, put your hair in a very high ponytail. Then curl the pony. Once the hair is curled and cool, let it down and shake it out.

Curl Away
Curl Away

If you want a natural, casual look make sure you curl your hair in the direction away from your face on both sides. Then tell people you woke up like that because your hair will be that flawless.

Looks That Last
Looks That Last

If your hair cannot hold a curl, this trick might change your life. Start curling at the root, instead of halfway down your hair. This locks in the heat, making your curls last way longer.

Low Heat
Low Heat

So you know that girl who is famous on YouTube for burning off her hair? Don’t let that be you. If you have fine, thin, or color treated hair set the temperature below 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Unless you like the burnt hair look, never go above 400 degrees.

Style Then Curl
Style Then Curl

Your perfect hairdo all starts with how you style your hair before you curl it. For loose, natural curls let your hair air-dry. For curls with mega volume, blow-dry your hair first. For sleek curls, quickly run a straightener through your hair on low heat.

Vertical vs. Horizontal
Vertical vs. Horizontal

Another way to control the look of your curls is to hold the curling tool in a specific direction. For looser curls, hold the iron vertically. If you want tighter, bouncier curls, hold the iron horizontally. Who knew curling hair was such a science?

Cleaning is Key
Cleaning is Key

You need to clean your iron regularly to avoid product buildup. An easy way to clean the tool without damaging it is to let it heat up until its warm. Then wipe off the buildup with a wet cloth. Make sure you are on the lowest heat setting so you don’t burn yourself.

Material Girl
Material Girl

If you are in the market for a new curling iron, know what type of material will best fit your needs. Ceramic barrels have even heat distribution, which minimizes damage. Tourmaline emits a lot of negative ions, which leaves your hair smooth and shiny. Titanium provides the smoothest surface so it prevents snagging and sticking.

Divide and Conquer
Divide and Conquer

If your curls don’t last or are too loose, you could be curling too much hair at once. Divide your hair into one inch sections for a more effective curl.

Wet 'n' Wild Hair
Wet 'n' Wild Hair

If you curl your hair while it is wet, or even damp, you will end up with wildly frizzy and damaged ends. Take the time to dry your hair or let it air-dry, unless you like the fried look.

Clip the Curls
Clip the Curls

If you want bouncy curls, use a bobby pin to clip the curls to your head, hot off the barrel. When you have curled your whole head, unclip your curls and spritz them with a little hairspray.