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How To Curl Your Hair & Make It Last

I get asked about my hair almost every time I post an outfit here or on social media. Which is kind of funny to me because I spend so little time on my hair, and it usually feels like a hot-mess. And I don’t consider myself any kind of hair expert, so I kept putting a tutorial post off. Then it dawned on me that I’m not an expert on 99.99% of the stuff I babble about here, so I finally decided to go for it.

I’m certainly no pro, and I don’t do anything ground-breaking with my hair, but this is the method I’ve used for ages and it works for me. I hope it comes in handy for you, too!

You’ll notice the post is titled, ‘How to Curl Your Hair…& Make it Last.‘ The ‘make it last’ part is what’s key for me because I like to go several days between shampoos. So the first step is starting with clean, dry hair. I upgraded to this hair dryer a few years ago and it literally cut my drying time in half. After shampoo and conditioner, I add a little smoothing serum, then do a quick blow dry using a paddle brush. My goal is to get it dry and mostly smooth. I usually do this step at night, then curl it the next morning.

Start by clipping the top two-thirds up, and comb a 1-inch section.
Hold the curling iron parallel to your head, and place close to the root.

Wrap the section around the iron, holding the bottom inch away, and leave for 10-seconds or so. If you’re curling larger sections, hold it longer, and vice versa for smaller sections. Pull the iron out without touching or pulling the curls.

You want the most concentrated curl at the roots, not the ends, for a more natural look. So if you’re using an iron with a clamp, don’t place the iron on the ends and roll upwards toward the root. And just a sidenote, it took me 6 months to be able to use a curling wand without wearing the glove. how to put curlers in your hair There is no shame in the glove!

Work your way around, curling the bottom layer in 1-inch sections, then let another layer out of the clip.

Repeat the same process on the second layer. I like a messier look, so I don’t worry if some sections are curlier than others, or if I miss a section completely.

Once you’ve curled all the layers, spray a light mist of hairspray on your whole head.
Let your hair cool completely without touching or pulling on the curls…this step is key for making them last!

It typically takes me less than 10 minutes to curl my hair, and I let it ‘set’ while putting on my makeup and getting dressed. Then lightly run your fingers through your hair, separating the curls.

Follow with another light mist of hairspray.
For a piecey look, I finish by rubbing a little pomade in the ends with my fingers.

And there you have it!
For day 2, I lightly comb the ends and re-curl a few pieces on the top and around my face.

Day 3 is typically a ponytail with a couple of new curls around my face.
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Debi says: November 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Thank you for this post Cassie! You read my mind since I just bought a curling wand and was on the hunt for a good “how to” tutorial. This was right on target! Thanks also for your always candid and refreshing approach on your blog. . as a “fan” of yours I appreciate that you keep it real:-)

hisugarplum says: November 17, 2014 at 4:21 pm
Thanks so much, Debi! That means so much…I’m glad you like the real parts!! Have fun with your new curling wand!!

Jillian says: November 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm
i love your hair curled! im totally hair challenged and I dont have the patience to curl mine but i wish i did bc this looks great! xo jillian

Your smooth, shiny hair is adorable!!
pam simple details says: November 17, 2014 at 2:12 pm

You are so dang cute! I’m going to try it today – keep your fingers crossed that I don’t end up with a Shirley Temple look! 🙂

If it’s feeling too curly, recurl some pieces using larger sections. Also, if you run your fingers through the hair while still warm, it will relax even more.

Queen In Between says: November 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm
It took me years to finally figure this out!! And years to find Kenra hairspray! You are adorable!

hisugarplum says: November 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm
Isn’t that hairspray the best!!!

HeatherOur Life In a Click says: November 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm
This couldn’t have come at a better time!I just bought one of those clipless curiling irons to take to Paris (dual voltage) for my daughter and I to share while we’re there so I’ve been practicing. I can’t stand the glove so I’ve burnt myself a few times but I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. I’m going to try your layered method, bottom to top, I’ve been trying to do it the other way! Love these tips and I”m going to check out your hair twin now!!

hisugarplum says: November 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm
Def going bottom to top, and working your way around the head is much easier! And there’s no shame in the glove…wear it until you get the full hang of it. You may feel like Michael Jackson, but at least you won’t have burns on your hands! 😉

Anonymous says: November 17, 2014 at 3:35 pm
What size is the curling wand

hisugarplum says: November 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm
I use a 1-inch graduated wand since my hair is so short. If I went much larger, each section wouldn’t be able to do a full wrap around it. Hope this helps!! xo

Bridget @ DIY Playbook says: November 17, 2014 at 3:55 pm
LOVE, love, love THIS!! I am so inspired to get the wand!! I’ve been thinking about trying it out but never really knew if it was worth it for short hair like ours.

Thank you!! xo, B

hisugarplum says: November 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

It was def a learning curve for me…but once I got the hang of it, I loved it! But I still use an old-school curling iron with a clamp every now and then!

mwimp says: November 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm
cute! but I just cut all my hair off. I’ve tried to grow it out but I just have too much hair. way.too.much. my hairstylist always tells me I have enough hair for 5 people. I’m actually really digging the cut since I got someone to finally cut it correctly. I just looked at the spike bracelet. have u bought the Kendra scott looking necklaces from them before I bought some Kendra scott looking earrings from groopdealz and they are horrible looking. thot these might be the necklaces you wear.

hisugarplum says: November 19, 2014 at 3:13 pm
I don’t have the problem of too much hair, that’s for sure! I have the Kendra Scott and the Groop Dealz…huge difference between the two. Not sure if I wear my KS more bc the color goes with more, or bc I know that it looks better. My spike bracelet though looks great, so I’ve had great luck with her shop.

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Jessi @ Jessi’s Design says: November 17, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Sp pretty!! Love it!! Thanks for posting!

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