For centuries women have tried various methods to change the way their hair looks. Primitive methods include using water and soil to mold the hair. Other materials were later discovered to be effective in changing the hair patterns. Technological developments have led to the creation of various hair styling tools that operate on electric power. One of these tools was the Marcel curling iron, named after its inventor, a Frenchman by the name of Marcel Grateau. That was way back in 1875. His method is to curl the hair using heated rods. Today curling irons have evolved into different and better products in a variety of sizes to provide different forms of curls. Even with the changes in the original design, professional hairstylists still call these implements as Marcel curling irons. Here are steps on how to use it.
- Shampoo your hair and follow it up with a moisturizing conditioner. To prepare the hair to withstand the thermal heat, treat your hair with a good leave-on conditioner. Use a hair drier on a cool setting to dry your hair. Do not attempt to use a Marcel curling iron, as it will burn your hair. Marcel curling irons are used on dry hair.
- Plug the Marcel curling iron making sure that it is of the proper voltage. Allow the curling iron to heat but to not leave it to reach a high temperature that can cook and damage your hair. Check the user’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation of the proper temperature setting. You can also do a self test by winding a piece of damp tissue paper on the curling iron rod. It the damp paper emits steam but does not discolor or gets scorched, the temperature is just right and you can begin curling your hair.
- To ensure the your curls will hold for a long time, give your hair a light mist of hair spray or apply gel or mousse before you dry your hair. Comb your hair until it is smooth and tangle-free.
- If you want to curl all of your hair begin from your nape and work your way up. Take small sections of hair, open the rod cover and carefully wind the hair on the curling rod. Close the cover by releasing the lever when the hair has been curled about one half to an inch from your scalp. Tilt the wand slightly to move it away from your scalp and give your hair additional volume.
- Use only small sections of hair each time. The hair should be wound evenly on the hot rod to get an even heat distribution. Curling too much hair at once will not give you a very good result. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction on how long you need to hold the hair in the curling iron before your release a section. Wrapping the hair around the curling iron at a straight angle will give your curls just like you have set your hair in rollers. For longer hair and with a little twist you can wrap the hair at an angle to get spiral curls.
- Allow the curls to cool totally before you touch and style them. Finger combing will give the most natural soft style. You can also use a hair fork to give some order and separate the curls to make it cascade naturally.
Always follow the instructions that come with the package. The recommended settings have been tested and will be applicable to all types of hair. Marcel curling irons are a great invention as this allows you to curl only the hair on certain sections of your head or just the ends particularly for blunt cuts.