However, you should pick your curling iron or curling irons carefully – because some kinds of these implements can damage your hair, especially if it is soft or if the individual hairs are thin, both of which conditions will make your hair sensitive to heat. Any kind of irregularity in the heating – different levels of heat in various parts of the barrel’s surface (the barrel being the part of the curling iron you wrap your hair around), too much heat flow for even a few seconds, and so on – can cause damage to your hair.
Since your hair is a valued part of your appearance, you don’t want to risk making it look scorched or otherwise damaged – including split ends or other undesirable results. There’s no point, after all, in making your hair look worse when you’re trying to make it look better – so the question you are probably asking now is, should I use a metal or ceramic curling iron to save my hair?
As might be expected, many curling irons are made out of metal, since metal is easy to work within manufacturing and is a good conductor of heat. The very name of the curling iron suggests a metallic device, and even though there are disadvantages to metal curling irons and alternative materials are now readily available, many companies continue to make these inferior implements simply because it is cheap and easy to do so.
Even if they are offered at a lower price, however, you shouldn’t use a metal curling iron if you want to protect your hair from damage while you are curling it. Metal curling irons can heat irregularly – and because metal does transmit heat so well, it may end up transmitting more than it is supposed to, making the internal thermostat reading useless for control. Metal in direct contact with hair also simply has a certain reaction with the keratin in your hair – and as a result of all these factors, a metal curling iron may end up burning the surface of your hair and making it look flat and dull.
A ceramic curling iron, on the other hand, is far superior for giving you the curls or waves you want without risking damage to your glossy, flowing mane. Ceramic heats very smoothly and evenly, with the heat distributed almost exactly the same throughout it, because of its molecular-level structure. There will be no “hot spots” on a ceramic curling iron, and so you won’t be risking dull, scorched spots on your hair surface. The ceramic is also less likely to overheat, so you can use it with more confidence for that reason, too.
This type of curling iron, in short, is the best choice when you are giving yourself a perky new look and want to save your hair from any kind of damage. These implements may cost a little more (although the technology to manufacture them is common enough so that they aren’t too pricey) than their metal counterparts, but they are much more reliable in giving you what you want – a shimmering, undamaged spill of curls falling around your shoulders.