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How to curl your hair with a curling iron in 10 minutes! (video tutorial!)

Curl your hair in 10 minutes or less with a curling iron. This video tutorial shows you how + what products to use so 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! 

I really hope this video 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 your hair with a curling iron in 10 minutes!

My hair products

I show in the video a few products I use, and I also linked them below. Some of the products that I use have changed since I filmed this video so the below list is the most current that I use (updated in May 2019). You can see current videos of my curled hair on my Instagram Stories Highlights under the Beauty label!

Beautycounter Volume & Shape 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.  (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.

Rosemary Body Oil – Yes, this is body oil. But I use a tiny, tiny drop and rub it between my hands before applying it to the ends of my hair. It gives is SO much shine and has helped my hair feels so much softer without being heavy. It’s also the best frizz fighter I’ve found. Because I use so little, it lasts forever. (And then I use it on my body, mixed in with my body lotion, in the winter when my skin is super dry.)

Beautycounter Sea Salt Spray – If I want a messier look, I use sea salt spray instead of the oil. 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.


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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(My makeup in the above photo is linked 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).