How to use a curling iron?

OK, this might sound like a really weird question, but how do you use a curling iron? Since I have had curly hair all my life, I've never used one, and now I don't really know how! I wear my hair curly almost all the time, but I also straighten it sometimes, just for a change. I don't really like the two extremes though-either really curly or stick staright. I want to try adding some waves with a curling iron after my hair is straightened, so it's not TOO straight. I tried it the other day, leaving the iron in my hair for about 10-15 seconds on the highest heat, but no curl! What am I doing wrong? Am I not leaving the iron in long enough? I don't want to fry my hair, but I don't know why it's not working. Is it possibnle that my hair just won't curl with one? And it's not the iron because it's brand new. Someone, please help! Thanks.
In order to curl your naturally curly hair make sure it is straight. separate sections, it might be easier to curl in vertical sections, at least for the first time, act like its all one layer until you get the hang of it. depending on how tight you want the curl pick your curling iron. i would suggest a one inch, because i haven't had any results with one smaller, it didn't seem to work. place the clamp on the ends on your hair, and take care to separate any hair that isn't as long as the end you are curling or slide the iron up to clamp shorter hairs also.
when you start the curl, curl in the natural direction of the iron, don't wrap the hair so that it is doubled over the clamp on the first turn make a smooth circle or you will have an odd direction at the can wrap your hair on top of it self as you wind all the way up, for a more polished look, only curl as far up as your ears.hold the iron vertical, position it as you wrap the hair. and hold for 20-30 seconds, depending on the size of the section, small sections only take 5-15 seconds. larger ones can take a maximum of 35-40 just be careful not to over do it.
i recommend spraying each curl with hairspray while its hot. and covering your hair in hairspray before you start. also you don't need an expensive iron, just one that's not too old or small. i bought a mini on ebay for 5 dollars and it works like a dream. getting the back of your head may seem a bit more difficult try to pull the hair to the side so you can see the ends, and be careful about the position, making sure you wrap and hold vertically. you will get the hang of it.
you should get pretty spirals with a tiny amount of practice. maybe 10 mins. i know it seems odd to curl your naturally curly hair, but everyone dreams of a looser curl pattern once in a while, and you will find it easy to achieve a model look in no time. curling is much faster the straightening. and if yo mess a curl up, don't fret, you just have to re-straighten it to get a fresh canvas. practice on your bangs first hope i helped!
I personally just section my hair & then wrap it around the curling iron. I don't grab it & roll.
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fine bleached 2a/3b hair that doesn't actually curl, it's just like an S shape that just gets tighter. sometimes some of it curls underneath though.
Here is a good video. I don't need near the amount of hairspray she uses, but that could be because of my hair type. The curling starts about 4 minutes in.
How To Curl Hair With Less Damage - YouTube

It is better to start curling near the roots. The ends of your hair are the most damaged because they are the oldest part of your hair. If you clamp the ends, the ends end up receiving the lions share of the damage.

I don't know if there are differences when you start with curly hair or not (I'm wavy). HTH. (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
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