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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Gray hair: Conventional vs. Electric curling irons

So you decided to embrace your gray hair/white hair?  You periodically run a violet shampoo or voilet conditioner through to keep it "Paula Deen" or "Anderson Cooper" vibrant?  So you want to keep in it from looking yellow or discolored, right?

According to my research, Paula Deen just blowdries, round brushes, and finger styles with styling wax to achieve her "edgy" look.

As for Anderson Cooper, I am going to guess  that he would have a similar regimen followed by a hair polisher.

So what if you do not fall into the Paula Deen and Anderson Cooper "blowdry only" regimen?  So which curling iron is best - electric? or conventional (to be used with a stove)?

The answer is:  the electric curling iron with an adjustable temperature gauge.  Why?  Over the years, I have found that even after testing the conventional marcel curling irons before using them to curl the hair, some white/gray hair that is finer is subject to discolor slightly.  Medium to coarse gray hair does not make as much of a difference, but to be on the safe side, I suggest grabbing the electric curling iron with adjustable temperature control set to low to medium in order to keep white hair white.

A constant temperature from the electric curling iron takes the guesswork out of curling finer hair.  Just start at a medium to low temperature and work your way up as needed whether you are working with grey hair or not.
Example of both finishes:  Conventional stove and marcel iron versus Electric curling iron.
Hair by Benita Blocker (above, conventional marcel curling iron finish)
Hair by Benita Blocker (below, electric curling iron finish)
Both look great!  But one is a harder press than the other. The choice is yours . . .


  1. Hi. Interesting article! Thanks for posting. I was an still am interested in reversing gray hair and put some quick tips on our blog, hopefully they will work.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! What's your blog? I enjoy reading other hair blogs!