Whether you use your curling iron almost every day or only on special occasions, the goal is to get long-lasting curls that look natural. But sometimes, even when you think you have done everything right, your curls don’t last or they don’t look natural. Chances are you may be doing something wrong. Here are five common curling iron mistakes you should stop making to get those perfect, dreamy curls.
Curling without preparation
 

Curling without preparation

Curling your hair basically means treating your hair with heat to get it into the desired shape. The strong heat can cause breakage of hair strands and can even destroy the natural texture of your hair. To avoid such severe damage you must always apply a heat protection serum or cream to your hair before heat styling it.

Curling just-washed hair
 

Curling just-washed hair

You might have washed your hair just an hour before curling to ensure that your hair is not greasy. A fresh wash makes your hair strands silky and smooth making it more difficult for the curls to hold. Always wash your hair a day prior to curling your hair to make the curls last longer. If you have no time to wash your hair consider using a dry shampoo a few hours before curling your hair.

Curling too close to the hair roots
 

Curling too close to the hair roots

The top of your hair does not look right when you curl your hair very close to the root. It might it look unnatural and bumpy. For natural and soft curls start curling from the mid-lengths of your hair towards the ends. Always leave a few inches of hair near the roots free of curling for a natural look.

Curling in the wrong direction
 

Curling in the wrong direction

Always make sure you hold the iron upside down while curling your hair. By this technique the larger end of the curling iron is closer to the roots. It will help in blending the transition from the straight portion of your hair into the curly portion.

Brushing after curling
 

Brushing after curling

Brushing your hair after curling will disrupt all the hair styling. It will cause the curled hair strands to separate and look clumsy. To avoid this, gently run your fingers through the curls to loosen them and make it look natural.