Just like natural curls can come in all shapes, heat curls can too! If you're constantly trying to achieve a certain curl and you find yourself struggling to actually get it right, it could be that you're not following the right steps for the exact type of curl you're looking for. Since there's so many different types of curls, let's dive into the most common types of heat curls out there and how to get them!


The end-to-root clamp curl. Using a curling iron, you clamp the ends of your hair and then wrap upward towards your roots. Sounds easy enough right? This can be a good method for shorter lengths as they won't be weighed down as much. If you're working with longer hair though, you'll find that this method doesn't bring as much hold to the curl and is harder on the ends of the hair. If you're dealing with damaged ends, it's a good idea so avoid this curl and maybe try the next method which is…


The root-to-end clamp curl. Yes, it's almost the same thing as the first method only with one key difference: where you start the curl. In this method, you'll want to start with the curling iron near the roots or around the middle of the strands and wrap the hair downward towards the roots. It can take a little more practice to get this method down, especially so you don’t burn yourself, but the payoff is worth it. Because you're starting at or near the root, you'll be getting more hold because you're applying the most heat to that region. When there's more length to weight the curl down, this bit of extra hold can go a long way.


Flat-wrapped wand curl. This method changes up the tool entirely to use a wand curler instead of the classic curling iron. Flat-wrapped curls can give you pretty similar results to clamp curls but because it doesn’t have the clamp to press down the curl, it does leave room for a little more frizz--or volume depending on how you want to look at it. Using that same root-to-end method, you start at the top and wrap the hair down, making sure to keep the section flat to the wand. Think of wrapping toilet paper flat around a pole so there are no twists to the sheets. This is essentially what you're trying to accomplish with this method.


Twist-wrap wand curl. Alternatively, you can twist the section before wrapping it around the wand for a tighter coil. Make sure that you twist in the same direction that you'll be twisting around the wand.


Free-hand wand curl. The best of both worlds. You start with a flat wrap and then let the section naturally twist around halfway down the curl. This kind of curl works great on long hair and if you mix up the point where you stop flat-wrapping, it adds a little more texture to the overall curls.


Pin curls. These are those old Hollywood curls that are super classy and timeless. To get them, you'll want to curl your hair and then set the curl with a clip. Check out this post to get a more in-depth explanation of how to get the perfect pin curls!


Flat iron curls. Flat iron curls can be a top choice for highly textured hair because of its ability to really work out kinks and frizz. In order to get them, you'll want to clamp the hair at the roots, twist the flat iron a full 360 degrees and slide it down your hair. Make sure you don't keep the flat iron in the same spot for too long so you don't risk frying your hair or leaving a dent.


With so many different ways to curl your hair, now is a great time to try all these methods. You might just end up finding your new favorite way to achieve beautiful curls!