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How I curl my hair! (with a video tutorial!)

Learn how to curl your hair with a curling iron in 10 minutes. This video tutorial shows you how + what products to use so your 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’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 so I stick with that method. Plus, it gives a more polished look vs. beach waves, which I generally prefer.

a foodie stays fit hair curling tutorial

There are two videos – one with shorter hair and one with longer hair. I use the same method 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!

How to curl your hair with a curling iron in 10 minutes!

You can see my IGTV video with a sped-up tutorial here.


My hair products

I show in the video a few products I use, 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 that I use (and what is shown in the first video).

They’re listed in the order that I apply them.

  • 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.
  • RUSK wired flexible styling cream – This is also applied to damp hair, just on the lower half of hair — not at root. Tip: use just a small amount – a little goes a long way. Too much will make your hair greasy.

Then I blow dry my hair and curl it. After I curl and let the curls curl for a few minutes, I apply the following.

Both the blowdryer and curling iron were recommended by my hair stylist, and I love them. And especially 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. I don’t always use these.

A few pointers when curling your hair

I prefer curled hair loose ends and curls not too close to the root, which is why I clasp it with the curling iron near the root and never curl from the bottom.

You’ll notice how the ends of my hair stick out just a little after I wrap it around the barrel. That gives it a little more natural look by not tucking the ends into the iron.

Always 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. 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.

Here are a few pics of how it looks finished!

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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).

  • Suzanne

    Hi! Your post says you use a 1.25 barrel curling iron but your link goes to a 1.5 barrel. Can you tell me which one is right so I can be sure to get the same one? Thanks!

    • Teri [a foodie stays fit]

      Hi! When my hair is short, I use a 1.25″ barrel. When it’s very long , I use a 1.5″. The 1.25″ works when it’s long as well but if you want looser curls, go for the larger one!