How to curl your hair

July 20, 2010

Are you ready for the big hair post? Several people have asked me to share how I curl my hair, and I a so flattered! I asked my mom to help document the process...so here we go!

First, a word on my hair: it is really thick and somewhat wavy so I only have to wash it every other day. I usually wash it at night, let it air dry for an hour, and then blow dry it for a few minutes. And yes, after an hour of air drying my hair is still not dry! I told you it was thick. Anyway, I go to bed with straightish hair and then curl it in the morning. The next day I usually just have to touch up the curls instead of having to curl my entire head, so it really saves time!

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First up, the supplies. I use Aussie's Sun-Touched Shine Hi Hold + Hi Shine Hairspray. It is fabulous. My curling iron is just an old Conair from Target. It is really beat up, but still works great!

I section my hair off into 3 parts. The fist is the bottom layer, then the middle, then the front/top. I just pull the un-curled hair into a bun on the top of my head. Here is the bottom layered already curled.

To get the perfect curl, start by grabbing a small section of hair and squirt with a little hair spray.

Then begin to curl from the top. Hold the top section for 3 seconds or so.

Then, open up your curling iron an smidge and move down to grab more hair. Hold for 3 more seconds.


Next, open your curling iron again to get the rest of the hair. Hold in place for 3 seconds.

Then release down.

I part my hair on the left side, so I curl my hair in different directions depending on which side I'm working on. For the left side I curl counter-clockwise. In this picture I'm curling the right side so I go clockwise.

Once all of my hair is curled I secure it in a loose bun at the nape of my neck. Then I usually put my make-up on. I've found that this allows the curls to settle a bit and not be too stiff. Make sure the bun is really loose.

After I'm done with my make-up I take the bun out and gently toss my hair around to separate the curls. I don't want to look like Shirley Temple!


The finished product. I would love to hear if this method works for you! Happy curling!

Edited to add: the curling process usually takes about 20 minutes!

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16 Responses to “How to curl your hair”

  1. Gah so gorgeous!!! Seriously, you have the MOST stunning hair!

    Unfortunately my hair is neither thick nor has any bit of wave... but I'll definitely be trying this!

    I always end up too Shirley Temple though!

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  2. Seriously! Your hair is so pretty! I have very large hair. Probably because we live in SC where the humidity is nuts.

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  3. Thank you for doing this post!! Oh my gosh though your hair is SO thick, we are so jealous :) Will definitely have to try out this method!!

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  4. You have such beautiful hair!

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  5. You do have amazing hair... I want to know how long this takes you. I am going to try your plan on washing and see how it works for me... and perhaps I'll try the curling on Saturday... ;) (Boyfriend's birthday celebration between the two of us!)

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  6. Gorgeous hair!! Love the curls. This is similar to how I curl my own hair. I'm going to try that hairspray though...

    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. YAY!!!! Thank you for doing the hair post! Wow you have such thick, beautiful hair!! I don't think I will be as successful but I'm going to have to try this method!! Thanks again!!

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  8. This is great! You have such beautiful hair! Thanks for showing a play by play on how to do hair! :)

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  9. Love this! Can't wait to try it...just have to wait for my hair to grow out (such a royal PAIN)!

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  10. Gorgeous! How did you know we have all been wondering how you do that?

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  11. I love it! I have been trying to figure out how to curl mine like as well. Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  12. Thank you for posting about it. I need to try it out and then will let you know. Love the curls!!!!

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  13. Great Tips! Your hair is beautiful.

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  14. Your hair is gorgeous!!

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  15. LOVE your hair! Thank you for this tutorial! I'm so NOT hair savvy and I'm rather intimidated with trying because I get so frustrated half way through anything I try! haha!

    Glad to have found your blog through "Oh, How Pinteresting!!"

    Caty
    www.paidinsmilesgigglesandkisses.blogspot.com

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