2 Inch Curling Iron Tips & Tricks

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A wide curling iron creates large, voluminous curls.
A wide curling iron creates large, voluminous curls. (Image: Goodshoot RF/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Curling irons create a head of curls on any hair texture, even pin-straight hair. The tightness of the curl, or the looseness of the wave, depends on the size of the curling iron combined with the time devoted to heating each curl or wave. Due to its large barrel size, a 2-inch curling iron creates styles such as loose waves or large curls, smoothing hair strands and giving them extra volume.

The Iron

A 2-inch curling iron differentiates from other irons due to the width of its barrel. Choose this kind of iron if you want to create large curls or loose waves on longer hair, or want to curl the ends of your short hair or bob. This iron, however, will not give you small, tight curls, no matter how long you heat each strand. A 2-inch curling iron is a good alternative to large rollers, which are used to give hair a slight wave and to add volume.

Styling Long Hair

According to Style Hair Magazine, large 2-inch barrels create loose waves on long hair. You can create waves all over, or just on chosen strands. To style long hair, use pomade, wax or gel before styling. Hold the iron at your hair's ends. Take a 1- to 2-inch chunk of hair, place it inside the clamp, and roll it up towards your scalp, holding the hair taut so it doesn't slip off. Hold at scalp for a few seconds. Then, hold iron in a vertical position and slip the curl off, releasing it from the clamp. Repeat for each section. For the second method, hold iron at the scalp. Wrap a 1- to 2-inch section around it, rather than inside the clamp, and hold the ends. Then, release, and repeat for each section. Spritz each style with hair spray when done.

Styling Short Hair

Style Hair Magazine states that a 2-inch curling iron can be used to curve the ends of a medium-length bob, and to add volume to short hair by creating barrel rolls. To curve the ends, wrap 1- to 2-inch sections, ends only, around the curling iron barrel either away from your face, towards your face or alternate. For barrel rolls, curl hair just as you would long hair. Separate the curls using your fingers with wax or pomade.

Curling Iron Tips

For long- or medium-length hair, start curling hair at the back of your head, but for short hair, start at the crown, as stated by Misikko. Set curls in place using a holding spray. For extra hold, pin each curl up using bobby pins right after removing it from the curling iron. Separate curls using your fingers. As a result, you will have loose, soft, cascading waves full of volume.

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