Okay, so this has puzzled me for years. Maybe someone who knows more about styling hair than I do can answer this:
WHY are there so many levels of heat on curling irons? This applies to crimpers, straighteners, and any other heating device.
I mean, I don't know about you, but if I'm going to put the time in to change the way my hair naturally looks by curling it, I want it to stay curled. It's not like I'm going to say, "Well I only want my hair to be barely curly for an hour or so, so I"ll put the heat setting on 5--maybe 6" or "I'm triple-barreling ALL of my hair. It's gonna take about 2 hours, but I think I'll put it on low so I only do it half way."
I mean, WHAT is that about?? All of my heating appliances are on the highest setting, plus the turbo button. And if I could make it hotter, I would. I don't want to mess around. My hair doesn't hold curl all that well anyway, so when I make the effort I want it to last. I understand that there is is "beach wave" look--but don't you just use a larger iron? I mean if you are going for shirley temple, you use a 1/4 inch and if you want sexy waves, use a 2 inch. But they should all be piping hot--otherwise its just a waste of time.
Does anyone actually use the lower settings on their irons? If you do, PLEASE tell me what would possess you to do this. I really want to know.