My most requested post EVER: How I curl my hair (in 10 minutes!)

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 Volume & Shape line. (You can see all the Beautycounter products I use here.)

Beautycounter Volumizing Mist

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.

Beautycounter 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.


Curling iron 

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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(All my make-up in the above photo is Beautycounter except my mascara, which is Trish McEvoy. My skincare and makeup routine is posted here.)
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  • Haley

    I will definitely be trying this asap, thank you so much for sharing! your hair always looks great! 🙂

  • Mina

    Thanks!!! I think my problem has been clamping at the bottom. Also, you mention a paddle brush, I can’t find a good one. Which do you use? My hair was just like yours, straight (and mine’s fine, not sure if yours is) until a few years ago, and now it’s curly – I’m 46 so I’m guessing hormones are playing a part???? I’ve been looking for a good paddle brush since my hair went through “the change”, lol – it’s going through before I do apparently 🙂

    • Mina

      Oh, and have you tried Pureology? I really like their hydrating shampoo and conditioner.

  • Amber

    Cute video! My hair is wavy and can definitely be on the frizzy side so if I just did a rough blow dry my hair would be a crazy mess lol. In fact my biggest curling challenge is to make it look sleek and not frizzly. Sometimes if I curl my hair on day 2, I get a nicer result since the hair is a little more oily and less frizzy. Also my hair is thick and long so it definitely takes me more than 10 minutes! This makes me want to curl my hair tomorrow 😀

  • Michelle

    This is very similar to how I curl my hair too. 🙂 I love my Hot Tools curling iron and swear by it! You should try the Colorproof shampoo and conditioner!

  • Kelley Cox

    Love the video! Does your curling iron have different heat settings? If so, what temp do you use?

  • Felicia

    Love the video! I’m going to try this today! And thanks for linking all the products!

  • Tracy

    Thanks so much for the video! You make it look so easy and it really was with your tips. Just finished curling my hair and love how it turned out 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Courtney McNaught

    You are the CUTEST!! This makes me miss you, and makes me want to curl my hair (haven’t in like a year, so that’s saying something).