I’ll teach you how to curl your hair with a curling iron in 10 minutes. This video tutorial shows you how and what products I use so my curls last all day (or multiple days)! A curling iron is easier than a flat iron and you don’t have to spend a ton of money to find a good one.
The vast majority of days I curl my hair, rather than leaving it straight or smoothing it out with a straightener. I feel more polished and my hair is more comfortable during the day with some curl to it since it stays out my face more easily! Another benefit of taking a few minutes to curl it is that it looks cuter if I pull it back in a pony tail during the day, and if I lift weights, I can just do a low bun and it still looks fine post-workout or even on day two. (But if I do cardio, I have to wash my hair – I get too sweaty!)
I’ve attempted to curl my hair with a flat iron and it’s just a total disaster. But I find it super easy to use a curling iron (here’s my review of my curling iron and a quick Instagram Reel tutorial!) so I stick with that method. Plus, it gives a more polished look vs. beachy waves, which I generally prefer. After all, we all want Victoria Secret Angel curls, right?
Here is a quick video showing you how and there are more detailed tips below!
How to Curl Hair
How To Curl Short Hair With Curling Iron
I use the same method no matter how long my hair is – the only thing that changes is the size of the curling iron.
How I curl my hair in under 10 minutes
How to curl your hair with a curling iron
Please enjoy these older videos from previous years when I’ve published this post! 😉
Please enjoy this old school video, ha!
Hair Curling Products
I show in the video a few products I use to prep my hair, and I also linked them below. Some of the hair products that I use have changed since I filmed the first video when my hair is shorter so the below list is the most current.
Beautycounter Shampoo & Conditioner.
I use a tiny amount (Dime sized for shampoo. Nickel sized for conditioner) so my hair isn’t weighed down with too much product.
- I also really like the Rahua Shampoo & Conditioner, another clean brand.
- I love this Innersense’s shampoo & conditioner too.
I don’t currently use those but I have in the past and they work great. Beautycounter is probably the “cleanest” of the three brands, but I feel good about all of them. (This post talks about what ingredients to avoid in your shampoo!)
I use this weekly and it’s SO hydrating. It gives my hair shine and volume, without weighing it down. It contains an blend of Kokum, Shea Butter, Capuacu and Bacuri Butters, which all help nourish your hair.
If you have super dry hair, you could also try a hair oil a few times a week. This OUAI hair oil contains coconut oil and is SUPER hydrating.
I use a dropper of this after washing my hair and massage it into my scalp. I let it absorb before I add anything else. It helps a LOT with postpartum hair loss.
Right after I get out of the shower, I use the Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam on wet hair. I love this because it gives me great lift and volume without any crunchy feeling. It also smells amazing on wet hair. I love this because it gives me great lift and volume without any crunchy feeling. It also smells amazing.
After the volumizing foam, I spray this Cult and King Tonik light hold leave in conditioner on my damp hair (just a light mist). It improves hair health, gives it very light hold, shine and just makes my hair look amazing without any frizz. The stylist at my hair salon has used this on me for a few years and I finally broke down and bought my own since my hair always looks SO much better when she uses it! It also contains menthol to help stimulate hair growth, which I’m all about in my postpartum phase! (I’m still recovering from major hair loss!). It leaves my hair feeling smooth.
This is a styling cream by Cult + King. I use just 1-2 pumps and apply only to the bottom half of my hair. It doesn’t go near the roots or else it can weigh hair down (especially for fine hair). It has heat protection in it and a light hold. And it works great whether I’m using a round brush to blow dry and smooth my hair or a curling iron to create nice waves. I don’t use this if I’m allowing my hair to air dry.
I don’t use hair gels or curl cream since I don’t have naturally curly hair! If you have super curly hair, you may want to look into curly hair products since those will help with natural curl defining.
I love the Innersense I Create Finish Spray for any leftover flyaways on dry hair. IWt’s the best finishing touch for all of my hairstyles, but I only use a tiny bit! It does leave a slight crunchiness which I don’t love but I can run my fingers through it to soften it. I also really like this Kenra Dry Oil Control Spray. Once I run out of the I Create Finish Spray, I’ll likely go back to the Kenra one. I don’t typically use a strong hold hairspray.
- T3 Curling iron
- I just upgraded to this one after the spring broke on my Hot Tools curling iron. I LOVE it and it holds my curls longer. And I also like the heat settings, and I feel like I’m protecting my hair better. I do not use a curling wand because I like the clamp! If you use a wand, wrap your hair but not at the ends. If you want tighter curls, wrap small sections of hair in each section. I typically do larger sections for looser curls. I’ve found that this curling iron helps me set the curl much better.
- Alligator clips. I’ve since ordered these since filming to help pin up my hair as I do the layers and they’re great. I don’t need these as much when my hair is shorter but depending on my hair length, clipping it up is super helpful! When my hair starts getting super long, these are SO necessary.
Easy Hair Curling Tips
I prefer curled hair with loose ends and curls not too close to the root, which is why I clasp it with the curling iron barrel near the root and never curl from the bottom. There are lots of methods for curling hair, but this is my tried and trusted method.
You’ll notice how the ends of my hair stick out just a little after I wrap my hair around the barrel. That gives it a little more natural look by not tucking the ends into the iron.
Always twist your wrist to turn the barrel away from your face so it curls away, which helps open up the hair for a fresher look. When you’re curling the back, curl a few pieces in the alternate direction so they don’t all clump together.
I grab somewhat large sections of hair to make it go quickly and so it’s not overly curled (the more hair you use, the closer you’ll get to loose beach waves, and if you use smaller section, you’ll get more defined curls). Then, I go back and get pieces that are too straight and curl them separately. That also helps keep it natural-looking so all the curls aren’t exactly the same size and/or perfectly curled. I prefer looser curls, so that’s why I use large sections of hair.
After I curl, I let the curls sit for a few minutes to cool (usually I do my makeup at this point). Leave your hair alone while the curls are still warm – letting them cool while more tightly curled helps them hold longer. This helps make them bouncy curls.
I don’t brush it out. When I apply texturizer, I use my fingers at that point to break up the curls a bit. If you’re left with tight curls and want to loosen them, use a wide tooth comb to run through your hair. Over time, you should also see the curls fall a tad. I don’t add anything usually (no bobby pins or clips), I just let it fall naturally.
Here are a few pics of how it looks finished!
My skincare and makeup routine are both listed in detail here.
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