A Hair Tutorial: Cascading Waves Using a Wand Iron


Wand curling irons create such beautiful and unique curls, but they can be a little tricky the first time you use them.  It definitely took me a few tries before I felt like I got the hang of them.  I wanted to share my tips and tricks with you!

The video tutorial shows how I get the loose, cascading waves pictured below and all my tricks in action.  Also... I forgot what a fun word "cascading" is.  



Tips for using a wand:

1 // Part your hair down the center and curl one side entirely before moving over to the other side.  This will make the process go faster as you won't have to keep switching the hand glove back-and-forth.

2 // Wear the hand glove that comes with most irons!  I am using this wand, and it comes with a flexible glove so that you don't burn the tips of your fingers while you are wrapping the curls.

3 // Wrapping the hair flat around the barrel (instead of twisted) will give you a sleek looking wave.

4 // Hold each curl in place with your hand after you take the hair off the wand.  I hold each curl in the shape of the curl for approximately 12 seconds until it cools.  This helps the curls hold their shape for way longer.

5 // Start curling your hair at the roots at the widest part of the wand.  Wrap your hair all the way down, until the ends of your hair are at the narrowest part of the wand. 

6 // For a looser curl, wrap your hair farther apart on the barrel.  For a tighter curl, wrap the hair closer on the barrel.  I demo this in the video to make it really clear.

Tip:  Always spray your hair and extensions with a heat protect spray before using a curling wand or flat iron.  Let it dry completely, then curl.  Your hair and extensions will stay much healthier looking!

Video Tutorial:


 Thank you for watching!  Questions or comment?  Let me know below, I'd love to hear from you!

Comment on this post (3 comments)

  • Lou says...

    Oh I currently use Not Your Mothers dry shampoo as well as Hot Tools curling iron but not their wand. Thanks for sharing Molly!

    January 11, 2016

  • girlgetglamorousHAIR says...

    Hi Lou!

    Thank you, you are so kind!!

    I am using the Oribe Dry Texturizing spray, so far it is my favorite texture spray, it is light and not sticky: http://rstyle.me/~7h14k

    A drugstore alternative is Not Your Mother’s, it is a bit heavier I’ve found:http://rstyle.me/n/9v4xcbb7df

    For wands, before I switched to ghd, I used Hot Tools and always got great curls, however, the are a bit harder on your hair than the ghd: http://rstyle.me/n/befkfdbb7df

    I hope this helps! Thank you for reading the blog and checking out the girlgetglamorousHAIR site!

    xo – Molly

    January 11, 2016

  • Lou says...

    What is the texturizing spray your using? You have the PRETTIEST hair EVER! Do you have another (cheaper) wand to recommend for the look? Hope to get your extensions some time this year!

    January 10, 2016

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