Wavy Hair

Many women love to wear their hair in beautiful curls but if yours isn’t naturally curly, it can take a bit of effort to curl hair. Probably the easiest method is to simply use a curling iron but not everyone has one. While there are other methods such as styling your hair a certain way while wet and letting it dry or using hot rollers, neither of these options is ideal if you want your hair curly fast. That is why curling hair with a flat-iron is becoming more popular but how do you know how to curl hair with a straightener? Here are the two main methods.

General Tips

There are a few important things to keep in mind when learning how to curl hair with a straightener and the first two involve the health of your hair. First you want to make sure that the hair is completely dry as not only will it be impossible to curl it if it’s wet, but applying heat directly to wet hair is very damaging. You also want to use a heat protector anytime you expose your locks to extreme temperatures such as a flat-iron. Not only will this help create a barrier to protect your hair, but it should also prevent frizz. You should also always brush or comb out your hair before curling it to help avoid tangles. If you want your hairdo to hold a bit better, try adding hairspray. Although for either method you could apply it to each section right before curling it or the entire head after you finish, there are different recommendations for each method.

Method One: The Twist

This method is a bit more difficult than the second method we will describe but once you learn how to curl hair with a straightener using this method, it will seem simple. All you need to do is get the hang of it.

  • For this method, it is best to use a thinner straightener as it will be much harder to make the curls with a larger flat-iron.
  • Now it’s time to think of safety. Remember to apply your heat protector and to adjust the straightener to the minimum heat required for your hair type.
  • Depending on the thickness of your hair, one of the most important things to keep in mind when learning how to curl hair with a straightener is to separate your locks into sections. It is always best to start at the bottom layer and move onto the next layer on top once you finish that part.
  • If you want more hold in your curls, apply hairspray on each section immediately before you curl it.
  • Now select a hair section and curl it. This is the part that is a bit tricky to master so don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get the hang of it.
    • Close the iron on the section and create a half turn where it turns back on itself, making your hair into a U-shape.
    • Keep the same angle and move iron down the hair shaft until you reach the end.
    • Keep doing this until you have curled all the hair.

Here are some things to keep in mind when making each curl:

  • When you choose smaller sections to curl, you will have tighter curls that resemble ringlets. (If this is your goal, stick to sections under two inches wide).
  • When you choose larger sections, the curls will be more bouncy and looser, looking more natural. (If this is your goal, stick to sections over two inches wide).
  • Feel free to alternate the sizes of your sections. It will just give your look more character.
  • When you are running the iron down the hair after twisting it, pay attention to the speed. If you want tight curls, move the iron more slowly and if you want looser, more bouncy curls, go a bit faster for gentle waves.
  • If you want to make the curls look a bit more natural after you finish, run your fingers through them gently.

Once again, don’t get discouraged if you can’t get the hang of this method; it takes practice. If you find yourself ready to give up, try method two as it is a bit easier.


Method Two: Wrap and Heat

As mentioned earlier, this method is a bit easier, but you will have to touch each section of hot hair so you have a higher risk of getting burnt. Therefore it is important to take care (or maybe invest in a glove if you have very sensitive skin) when learning how to curl hair with a straightener using this method. The great thing about this method is that you can use any size straightener. Here is what to do:

  • Remember to always protect your hair with your heat protector before starting and begin with dry hair.
  • Depending on your hair type, divide your hair into sections as in method one, making sure that you start by curling the sections on the bottom.
  • Grab a small section of hair from the bottom layer and wrap it around two of your fingers (the same way you would with a curling iron).
  • Slip your fingers out from the hair you wrapped around them, making a pin curl.
  • Now you need to hold this curl in your hand and use your other hand to press it with the straightener
    • This may take a bit of practice as it is easy for it to slip out of your hands when trying to get all the curl.
    • This is one of the steps where you need to take care not to burn your hands.
    • Take the heated curl in your hand and scrunch it in your palm for a few seconds before releasing it. This will set the curl.
    • If you want some extra hold for your curls, this is the time to spray hairspray on your entire head.

After you finish, you will have beautiful natural looking curls that will be the envy of everyone around you.