In in 7+ years I have been blogging, the most requested post BY FAR is how I curl my hair. So um, I suppose it’s safe to say this post is long overdue. I’m so sorry for that – but to be honest, video posts intimidated me for many reasons. But I got over it and finally filmed it for you! I really hope it’s helpful and that you’re able to see how to curl hair with a curling iron. This is the same method I follow no matter how long my hair is – the only thing that changes is the size of the curling iron. For longer hair, I use a 1.25″ barrel. For shoulder length or shorter, I use a 1″ barrel. It really makes a difference! (I do it differently with a flat iron for a different look but that’s a post for another day!
You can tell how long I procrastinated posting this since you can see how much my hair has grown since I filmed this compared to more recent pictures on Instagram. I kept delaying because wanted to re-film and make it look better and figure out how to to do an intro screen and yada yada… but finally decided getting done was more important than perfect. Isn’t that true for so many things in life? So here you go, awkward intro freeze frame and all! 😉
How to curl hair with a curling iron
My hair products
I show in the video a few products I use, and I also linked them below. I didn’t show my favorite-ever pomade since I didn’t have it on hand when I filmed, but I linked it below.
Beautycounter Shampoo & Conditioner. I finally found a shampoo & conditioner I love! I only use a tiny amount (dime sized for shampoo, nickel sized for conditioner) so it last forever and makes my hair so soft and shiny. I use the Repair & Nourish line since I have dry hair. Plus, I love that Beautycounter products are a safer option. (You can see all the Beautycounter products I use here.)
Leave-in conditioner. My hair is prone to dryness so I use this on damp hair.
KMS Heat Protectant – I put this on after the leave-in and before I blow dry. I use this EVERY time I do my hair, so it’s always in there, even if I’m not curling, but it’s a MUST if you’re using heat on your hair.
Rusk Wired Flexible Styling Cream – I use this on wet and dry hair — it’s awesome and super versatile. I also use this EVERY time I do my hair (I put it on after the heat protectant), whether I’m styling straight or curled. I put it on damp hair before blowdrying since it gives it gorgeous shine and just enough hold. It works as a pomade on dry hair in a pinch too.
KMS Sea Salt Spray – Use on wet or dry hair. If I want a messier look, I use sea salt spray instead of pomade. Don’t overdo this spray and don’t spray too close to your hair, or it’ll undo your curls if it’s just too wet. Make sure you scrunch it into your hair with your hands like I show you in the video.
Aveda Control Paste – Use on dry hair. This is the BEST ever pomade, lasts forever and smells amazing. Use it the same way I show you how to use the Wired in the video. Just a little (about a dime size, or maybe even less) and rub it all over your hands before putting in your hair.
Both the blowdryer and curling iron were recommended by my hair stylist, and I love them. And I love the price point on both since I didn’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars on either one!
Alligator clips. I’ve since ordered these since filming to help pin up my hair as I do the layers and they’re great.
Here are a few pics of how it looks finished!
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