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When you need a head full of bouncy curls, hot curlers deliver the curls you crave. You’ll usually get metal wires with the curlers, designed to hold the curlers in place in your hair. Make it easy on yourself -- ditch these babies and use big no-slip jaw clips on hot curlers instead.
Get the Right Clips
Check the hair aisle of drugstores and general merchandise stores to find the right kind of clips. These are the jumbo plastic clips that you might grab when you need to get your hair back out of your face fast. You know -- when you pull your hair back to the center back of your head, twist it a couple of times and clip it up? Stylists also use these clips to hold hair tight when styling and cutting. If you can’t find them with basic hair accessories, check a beauty supply store.
Prep Your Hair
Wash and condition your hair with volumizing products to infuse big-time body. Mix up a cocktail of anti-frizz cream and thermal protectant cream and slather this magic throughout your strands from roots to ends. Blow-dry your hair by running your fingers through it gently while blowing -- keep going like this until your hair is almost dry. Grab a vented brush and pull sections of hair straight out to finish drying.
Roll It Up
Plug the hot curlers in and let them warm up for as long as the manufacturer recommends. Separate a section front and center at your hairline -- no wider than the length of the hot curlers. Comb it straight up to get ready to roll. If you want the curls to form away from your face, wind the hair around the curlers away from your face. If you want the curls to form toward your face, wind the hair around the curlers toward your face. Make the hair tight around the curler and keep winding until the curler sits snug against your scalp. Grab a jaw clip, open it and clip it firmly around the curler. When you let go of the curler, the jaw clip should hold it nice and tight. Keep going just like this to wrap your whole head.
Style Those Curls
Leave the curlers in until they cool completely. After the curlers feel totally cool, start unwrapping the curls. Squeeze a jaw clip, take it off the curler and unroll your hair. Let the section fall free and keep going just like this. After you remove each curler, spritz your locks lightly with a touch of hairspray. Finger-comb your hair lightly if you want to keep the curls well defined. If you want to blend the curls for a softer look, brush them out just a little. Spray your hair with another light coat of hairspray to make the curls last.