Shorter on natural-looking waves and ringlets:
For loose, bouncy curls, I blow-dry and go in with a curling iron. For tighter curls, diffuse the hair and then follow with a curler. I have, I don’t know, 15 irons, and they range from the size of hairpins all the way to bigger than your wrist. My secret for making big, beautiful curls is alternating them. If it’s all uniform, it looks too perfect, too pageant-y. No disrespect to the pageants, but I like something that’s a bit looser.