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I've been using a lot of curling irons lately and I keep coming back to a good old-fashioned curling iron with a clip. Boring, huh? However, the plain-jane Conair I've had for 10 years wasn't doing anything extra special. The curls would last for 6 hours if the weather was perfect and then it was gone overnight. My hair is naturally straight and really hates to hold a curl. Especially since my hair is now so long and heavy. But I wouldn't be deterred from finding the perfect iron.
After testing the arsenal in my beauty closet, I've been able to determine that ceramic irons with tourmaline are the key to long-lasting curls. This isn't shocking to anyone, but when you compare the results, day after day, the tourmaline/ceramic combo wins by miles. The proof is in the photo.
This is me two full days after I've curled my hair. And slept on it. Seriously.
And it didn't cost me a ton of money. I used a 1" Hot Tools iron from Ulta that was less than $40. I do think that the one inch barrel is too small for the waves I want, so I ordered a one and a quarter barrel for slightly larger waves. To get the waves in the photo above, immediately after curling, I twisted the hair and pulled it straight down to remove the corkscrew curl the iron had given me. I then blasted it with a cold shot from the hair dryer to seal it into place.
No hair spray. No mousse. No bull.
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