5 Ways to Curl Your Hair

If you’re looking to try out different curling techniques, you’ve come to the right place! I love wearing my hair wavy and curly- whether it's loose Victoria's Secret inspired waves or tight Shirley Temple curls. I love it all and always experiment with new ways I can achieve different looking curls.

In today's video I share with you my five favorite easy curling techniques that will work great on your hair as well as your clip in hair extensions. I'm wearing my Ombre Blonde Luxy Hair Extensions to demonstrate how I usually do the curls on myself. If you prefer looking at step by step in writing, keep on reading.

For these curls, only a one-inch curling barrel is used, showing that you don’t need to change barrels to get different types of curls. 

1. Classic Curl  

This is our favorite type of curl since it is by far the easiest! The first thing to do is to wrap your hair flat around the curling barrel. Make sure that there are no spaces between the wraps of hair around the barrel – it should resemble a ribbon.

how to curl hair

Make sure that you are curling your hair between 10-15 seconds so that it sets. Then, release the curl into your palm and let it set for a few seconds. As you will see, a very classic curl comes out – perfect for prom, a nice dinner out or any other special occasion.

how to curl hair classic curl

2. Natural Curl

The start of this curl is similar to the classic curl. Grab a section of hair and wrap the top part away from the barrel and hold it for a few seconds.

how to get natural curls

Then, use the remaining hair and curl it towards your face.  

how to get natural looking curls

The reason why you should curl part of your hair away from your face and the other part towards your face, is to create a natural looking curl that is multi-directional. Release the curl into your palm and let it sit for a few seconds before releasing it completely.  

natural curl with a curling iron

3. Tight Curl 

Yes – you CAN use a one-inch barrel to create tight curls! The only thing is that you have to work with smaller sections of hair. Start by taking a very small section and place it on the barrel. The main difference between this curl and the classic curl is that you need to keep space between the wraps.

how to get right curls

If your hair is long, you will not be able to fit all of your hair at one time on the barrel. If that's the case, simply curl the top part of the section first, then release it and curl the remaining bottom part afterward. If you have really long hair, this might take you a long time – but it’s worth it since you’ll be left with really cute tight curls!

really tight curl with curling iron

4. Twist Curl 

Grab a small section of hair and twist it away from your face.

how to get curls by twisting

As you twist it, curl it really tight around the barrel.  

twisted curls

Release it into your palm and let it cool down in your hand. You will get an interestingly shaped curl that ends up looking like a nice beach wave.

beach wave looking curl

5. Loose Wave

This last option is great for when you are in a rush since you will be working with bigger sections of hair. If you ever wonder how to get loose waves with a curling iron, this is it. Take a thick section and place it around the barrel.

how to get loose waves

As you curl your hair, don’t just hold it in place, instead, do a slight rolling motion (up and down). You should get a gorgeous loose wave as a result!

how to get natural loose waves with a curling iron

We hope you enjoyed these five different methods of curling your hair! What are your favorite ways to curl your hair? Let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you. 

Products used in this tutorial:

Ombre Blonde #T218

Length: 20" inches

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