How To Curl Your Hair – 6 Different Ways To Do It

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Six Methods for Curling Hair:
Flat Wrap Hair With a Curling Iron Lazy Curl with a Curling Iron Spiral Curls with a Flat Iron Red Carpet Waves with a Curling Iron Ribbon Curl With a Flat Iron Push Waves With a Flat Iron

There are many hair tutorials out there that show you how to curl hair. So we created a video and assembled step by step photos showing you six different ways for how to curl your hair with a curling iron as well as how to curl your hair with a flat iron.

By the end of this tutorial, you will understand how to create different types of curls–spiral curls, barrel curls, and everything in-between.

Before we begin we want to offer some curling hair tips:
These are the hair curling tools and products we will be using in our tutorials:

How to Curl Your Hair With a Curling Iron

These first four hair curling techniques are designed to teach you how to create different types of curls using your curling iron. We will show you how to create loose curls by wrapping the hair around the barrel of the iron and then changing directions. Tight curls by wrapping the hair around the barrel in a flat motion or twisting the hair before wrapping it around the barrel. Then we will teach you an elegant wave by combining two of these four techniques. Here we go…

Flat Wrap Hair With a Curling Iron

Our hair curling tool of choice for this technique is a 1” inch curling iron. Remember to use a heat protectant spray before using your curling iron!

This flat wrapped technique creates a wide curl with lots of volume. The final result will resemble a  however the tightness of the curl depends on the width and thickness of your sections.

For this technique we recommend using wider sections – about 1-½” – 2”. The secret to this curl is keeping the hair wrapped flat against the curling iron barrel without twisting. To keep the hair flat against the curling iron you’ll need to adjust your hands each time you go around the iron, otherwise the hair will naturally want to twist around the barrel. If you have fine hair and desire more volume, this curl type is for you! Scroll down to see how it’s done.

HOT TIP: Taking smaller sections will create a tighter curl pattern and larger sections will create a looser curl pattern. Experiment with the size of your sections until you find the perfect curl size for you!

Lazy Curl with a Curling Iron

Using your 1” curling iron, this technique creates a loose wave. Take your iron and wrap the hair around the iron, but only half way down and then switching wrapping directions for the remainder of the section. By changing the direction of the curl and leaving the ends out, this will give the effect of a more relaxed wave.

End result will be a lazy curl that looks very natural. Finish with a flexible hold hairspray.

HOT TIP: Check the temperature by placing your finger over the hair that is in the iron. Once your fingers are hot, release the section.

Spiral Curls with a Curling Iron

Again, picking up your 1” curling iron and heat protectant, we’re going to create a spiral-like curl. Working in smaller sections like the flat wrap curl, the hair is first twisted from the top to the ends, then wrapping that twisted section around the curling iron to create that spiral effect. The end result will be a tight spiral curl with added texture.

HOT TIP: Allow your spiral curls to really cook! Spiral curls collapse because they either didn’’t get enough heat or they didn’’t cool long enough to set the style!

Red Carpet Waves with a Curling Iron

A wand or curling iron can be used for this technique. Begin like you would with the Flat Wrap technique but as you wrap the hair around the iron, you then twist the section like you do in with Spiral Curl technique. This curling iron technique is more difficult but the end result is a soft yet very dramatic beautiful wave.


How to Curl Your Hair With a Flat Iron

In the next two techniques we are going to introduce two different ways to curl your hair with a flat iron. The ribbon curl is a tight flat iron curl that is created from tension and just one small twist motion at the beginning. The push wave creates a loose and organic finish by creating an s-shape with the hair and only tapping the flat iron down the section. Are you ready!

Ribbon Curl With a Flat Iron

Using your flat iron again, the ribbon curl is a tight curl with more bounce and similar to a ringlet curl created with your curling iron. Place the iron diagonally into the section and as you pinch the iron close you will slowly rotate half a turn and slide the flat iron down the section of the hair. The half turn and tension is what creates the tight ribbon curl. The ribbon curl lasts for days and gradually turns into a beach wave type curl as the days pass by.

 

Push Waves With a Flat Iron (also called an S Wave)

For this curling technique we are going to switch to our flat iron. The push wave is an organic type of finish. By creating an S type figure with the hair and using your flat iron to tap over the waves, this creates what we call the push wave.


Remember to work with small sections and just like anything you want to be great at … practice is necessary! Don’’t rush these curling iron and flat iron techniques, take your time learning them before attempting on yourself. Most important, don’t forget your thermal spray! You don’t want to end up like the little girl on YouTube 🙂

Once you get the hang of these curling iron and flat iron techniques, get creative and combine different techniques! It’’s time to get curling!

Want more Flat Iron tips? Check out how to create perfect beach waves using your flat iron!