Back before Thanksgiving I started attempting some of those beautiful loose curls in my hair. There are a million different YouTube how-to vids, and even hairstyling challenged little 'ol me was able to figure it out. But my problem was my flat, fine hair just wouldn't hold the curl for long.
I was pleasantly surprised then, when a pre-Christmas party blowout with my hairstylist left me with curls that lasted for 2 (maybe three) days with only minor touch ups needed around my face from sleeping.
The difference? Her curling iron.
The next week I ordered this 1-inch Hot Tools marcel curling iron from Folica.com. Why do I think this works better than my plain old Conair? The weight of the metal barrel is heavier, I control the amount of pressure applied and how tight I am pulling the curl, plus it heats up much, MUCH hotter.
A marcel curling iron takes some getting used to. It doesn't have a spring to hold the hair clip in place, so you don't push it down to open it up. You have to use the long handle and your hand to open it. Also, the handle swivels so you can rotate the curl single-handed.
I don't think I'm explaining the mechanics of this very well, so below is a tutorial on how to use the marcel. I probably would recommend you watch a tutorial as a precaution for burning yourself. (Take my word on this one.)
Incidentally, Folica.com is offering a discount through Sunday for St. Patrick's Day if you click on over there.
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