As much as I love my Milan toppers, they are a straight style and sometimes a girl wants a little curl.
It’s been a long time since I finagled a curling iron, and I’ve been itching to give my Milan a little style. Yes, my *synthetic* Milan, people! You know, the hair you’re not supposed to use heat on?
I know you’re not technically supposed to, but what fun is that? Sometimes you just gotta live on the edge.
I posted about the fabulous hot air brush that I use to make my synthetic hair soft and swishy…my pieces have been fine with that tool, so why not turn up the heat a bit?
One of my hair-friends has been using a curling iron on her synthetic hair and it looks fabulous, so I decided to give it a whirl!
While you could curl it on your head, I recommend using a canvas head to pin to. Why? It does take a little while for this process and it’s far easier to have a seat to curl your hair.
Ok, let’s get started.
I used the Conair Instant Heat curling iron on my synthetic hair—this iron heats up instantly and has a zillion heat settings. For these curls, I used the level 2 setting.
Simply take a section of your hair and wind it around the curling iron’s barrel. Don’t take too large of a section, as you want the heat to spread evenly throughout the synthetic fiber.
I let the hair heat up for about 20 seconds or so. Gently work the clamp to loosen the hair from the curling iron. Remove the curling iron from the synthetic hair and keep the hair in place with your hand while the hair cools.
I hope that makes sense! The cooling part is really what sets the curl and is 100% necessary to get this to work. It should only take 10 seconds or so.
I found it easier to pin up the top layer of my hair and curl the bottom sections first. Then, unclip and do the top layers. Here it is partially done:
The whole process took about 45 minutes but here is the finished result.
Kinda pretty, right? I don’t own a waving wand but I think I’ll give one of those a whirl next time. The ringlets are stunning but moreso something I would use for a night out rather than an everyday look. I do love this curling iron though (and loved it when I used to curl my bio hair).
My bio hair is about 16″ or so right now, and the Milan is 12″ long. The curls brought up the length far too much to wear in contrast with my bio hair, so, there’s no “on me” pic. Sorry ladies!
Once the curls are in place, try your very best not to touch them. You can carefully rake your fingers through them, but any sort of brushing will result in a bush-whacked look.
P.S. Thank you to everyone that responded to the email I sent earlier this week. If you’re on my list, you know what I’m talking about. I’m totally amazed at the level of interest there! I’ll be in touch with the two ladies shortly.