I often get asked by friends and family how I curl my hair. I decided to teach myself once I started to grow it out because I used to only have 1 hair style – straight straight straight! If you’re not used to curling your hair, it will take a few goes to get the technique down so don’t give up early. And the good thing about curled hair is that it often looks even better when it’s a little messier.
What you’ll need: 1x curling wand, 1x hair tie, 2x hair clips
1 – Start with completely dry hair – I find day old washed hair the best. But before it dries, make sure you use a heat protectant serum. I personally use the Kevin Murphy Young.Again Treatment Oil
2 – Part your hair as you like to and brush it out so there are no tangles. Section your hair into 2 sides and tie one side up with the hair tie.
3 – With the untied half, divide horizontally into 3 sections. Use the 2x hair clips to pin the top two sections up.
4 – With bottom section, starting at the back, grab an inch thick section of hair. With the curling wand barrel turned upside down, wrap the hair around. If you can manage it, wrap the piece of hair in the direction away from your face. It will depend on how hot your barrel is to how long you will hold you hair around the barrel. For me, my wand is set to 210 degrees and I count to 12 and release. You can always re-curl a section, you can’t un-burn your hair…
5 – Work your way through this bottom layer of hair, from back to front. Once complete, pull the curled hair behind your shoulder and release the next layer of hair.
6 – Repeat the same steps as above for the next two layers, curling an inch of hair at a time, from back to front.
7 – Once you get one side done, tie it loosely with the hair tie and start the next side. Remember to wrap your hair in the direction away from your face.
8 – Once you have finished all the curling, and if you have fine hair, spritz with a bit of hair spray or texturing spray to have the curls last longer and then run your fingers through your hair to help the curls soften and get rid of the crazy ringlet look.
- On day 2 of curled hair, or when the curls have dropped considerably, I take my tangle teezer and brush my hair lightly to get a nice wave. You can do this after curling initially, just brush out a couple of curls at a time. Alternatively you can use a comb.
- The larger the barrel of the wand, the looser your curls will be.
- I personally use a muk. curl stick which comes with 3 different attachments and has 3 different heat settings. I always use the 25mm size.
- Just like a hair straightener, a good curler will make all the difference.
- The toughest part of learning to curl your hair is getting used to holding the curler and which way to wrap the hair. My trick is to always make sure I put the curler behind the piece of hair before curling, that way I am always wrapping the hair away from my face.
- The more you practice the better you will get. It only takes me 15 minutes to curl my hair these days. Just as long as it takes to straighten my hair.
Being able to curl your hair is a great skill to have and will provide you with a fall back hairstyle that is chic, glam and effortless looking at the same time. So keep practicing, find out what works for you and remember that all experts were once beginners! (Not saying I’m an expert at all, just trying to be motivating and shit 😉 )