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7 Curling Wand Hairstyles for Winter Formals

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Different curled looks you can do with a curling wand. 

It’s finally time for winter formals! It’s extra fun to get all dressed up and dance the night away when the days are so much shorter. We think that curling wand hairstyles are perfect for winter formals because they can contrast with a formal dress. With curling wand hairstyles you sometimes can hold out the last inch or so of hair, making the curls less structured and have a more tousled feel, making them a great foil for an evening outfit. Read on to see our top seven curling wand hairstyles:

Curling Wand Hairstyles: Different Curls For Different Girls

best curling wand for fine hair waves

1. Loose Tousled Curls

We love the look of these loose curls! They’re formal enough to make it look like your hair is done, but totally not stuffy. The easiest way to get this style is to use a 1-inch curling wand to quickly curl the bottom half of your hair. This gives an easygoing look to this hairstyle! Just don’t forget that anytime you curl your hair, it’s always best to first prep your hair with a heat protection spray. We like TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray for shiny hair.

curling wand hairstyles on long black waves
Loose, sexy waves are a style staple for evening. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

2. Big, Voluminous Curls

To create these bodacious curls you’ll need a large barrel curling wand and a slew of bobby pins or hair clips. Take the curling wand and curl small sections of hair with the barrel held horizontally. When the hair has heated through, pull the section off the barrel and pin into a pin curl while it’s still hot. This helps you keep the large curls (so they don’t just fall out) and gives you mega volume.

curling wand hairstyles on big brown curls
A more defined S-curl can switch up your default curly look.

3. Messy Curls

We love the look of messy but defined curls for winter formals, as they add an extra element of fun. For this style you’ll need a 1-inch curling wand. Curl all of your hair in the same direction and let the curls cool off before running your fingers through to separate the ringlets. Then, to set your style into a messy but put-together look, flip all of your hair over and mist with Bed Head By TIGI Maxxed Out Massive Hold Hairspray. It will help you get volume and achieve a trendy, piecey look.

curling wand hairstyles on hollywood waves
Side-swept Hollywood waves are a classic option.

4. Tight Curls

For extra-formal curling wand hairstyles, you’ll want to go for a smaller barrel size, around 1/2″ or 3/4″. The smaller the barrel, the tighter the curl! For a more polished wave, curl all of your hair in small sections, and all in the same direction. To keep the tightly coiled look, don’t brush out the curls or loosen with your fingers, and instead let them lay exactly how they come off the barrel and align them neatly.

curling wand hairstyles on boho half-updos
A braided half-updo gives some boho chic to your evening look.

5. Braided Loose Curls

We love the hippie vibe of these loose curls in a braided half updo. To get these barely there curls, use a large barrel curling wand (1.5″ to 2″) and use it to bend the ends of your hair, as opposed to truly curling all of your strands. You can follow this tutorial to recreate this super fun braided half updo.

curling wand hairstyles on a mermaid braided bun
Play peek-a-boo with your highlights and put them up in a half-updo.

6. Flowery Half Updo

This pretty flowery half updo is absolutely made to be worn with mermaid curls. Fashion the top half of your hair into the half updo first, then get to curling the bottom half of your hair. For the ultimate mermaid hair look, you’ll want to create sections with different amounts of curl. To get the look, use your standard one inch curling wand to curl randomly sized sections of hair. You’ll be a beach babe just in time for your winter formal!

curling wand hairstyles on tight ringlets
Backcomb your curls for extra texture.

7. Big Teased Curls

To get this truly huge hair look you’ll need to start with wet hair. Apply Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse to help achieve massive volume when styling. Then use a 1/2″ curling wand to curl your hair, starting around your ears. To amp up the volume even further, use a teasing brush to backcomb through the length of your hair.

Need more inspirational curling wand hairstyles? You should take a look at these curly hairstyles for formal occasions

Allison
Allison
14 January 2017

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