How to Curl Short Hair with a Straightener By Yourself

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The Struggle

We have all been there, have we not, ladies? It’s a not-so-lovely Monday morning. The alarm went off approximately twelve hours earlier than you really would have liked. The blasted traffic outside sounds louder than any invention ought to be allowed to sound. The baby is wailing. The children are running about yelling and slamming into the walls.

Your significant other left the toothpaste open and now it’s all dried up. Showering? Not going to happen. And it will be a miracle if anything besides a ponytail happens in this ratted-up bedhead you have got going on.

You stare at yourself in the mirror, at the bags under your eyes and messed-up hair. Why is it you must always want what you do not have? Those who have curly hair want it straight. Those who have it straight want it curly. And goodness knows you want it curly.

But life must be attended to first.

The Solution

Okay. The baby is happy at last, with a fresh diaper and a bottle of formula. You cup your hands around your mug of warmed-up coffee and breathe in that delicious caffeine.

The precious hair time has arrived.

This is an office job. You can’t just go in with this bedhead - can you? Maybe YouTube has some basic tutorial for a dressy ponytail. Or maybe it has a freaking genie. That would be nice. Rub the lamp, wish your troubles all away. But nope.

Not only does YouTube not have a genie, they also don’t have tutorials for short hair.

For the first time in your life, you curse that lovely bob cut you had done last month. It was supposed to be easier.

But… *waves fairy godmother wand* There is a solution.

Items Necessary:

  • Comb.
  • Hairspray.
  • Heat protectant spray.
  • Bobby pins.
  • Straightener.

STEP 1 - PREPARE THE STRAIGHTENER.

Wipe it off with a clean rag before you plug it in. If it’s dirty, it’s not going to work, so it’s important to ensure your tools are clean.

STEP 2 - SPRITZ YOUR HAIR WITH A HEAT-PROTECTANT SPRAY.

You don’t have time to get those split ends trimmed off all the time. Use a heat protector. It’s the same principle as using a hot pad before reaching for a hot pan.

If you’re in search of a heat-protectant spray, there are two we can recommend:

  • TreSemme’s Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
  • Garnier Fructis Style and Sleek.

STEP 3 - CHOOSE YOUR STYLE.

Want it more loose and wavy? Alternate directions. Curl the first forward, the second backward, and so forth.

Are you looking for a more structured style? Direct each curl away from your face. Pinning them up directly after curling them would also help hold the curlier style.

STEP 4 - SECTION YOUR HAIR.

Part it straight down the middle. I’ve found aiming the part to line up with the nose works perfectly. If you have thicker hair, you may also want to part your hair from ear-to-ear and clip the front half out of the way while you do the back.

STEP 5 - START AT EYE-LEVEL.

If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, start higher, straightening the hair until eye level. Then begin the curling. Start with the hair back at the nape of your neck and move forward.

STEP 6 - BEGIN.

Set the iron at eye level, and clamp down on the hair. Slide the iron down vertically, wrapping the hair around it and rotating half a turn.

TIP: Leave out an inch at the end of each curl.

STEP 7 - MOVE FINISHED SECTIONS OUT OF THE WAY.

Don’t let the finished curls get in the way. Either push them forward and lean your head to keep them out of your eyes, or clip them forward - carefully! If you don’t watch out, you’ll squish them.

STEP 8 - STYLE.

Shake out your hair. Run your fingers through the curls to break them up a bit. Spritz in some hairspray, and you’re ready to go.

STEP 9 - SHOW IT OFF.

Fast, classy style? Check.

Looks like you put a ton of effort into it? Check.

Time to find your shoes before running out the door? Check.

And if all else fails? Try a different outlet. The kids broke that one.

Related Questions:

How do I get beachy waves?

Try alternating the directions of the curls, with one forward and the next backward. That breaks up the style. Also consider using salt spray in place of hair spray.

What’s best, curling it myself or getting someone else to do it?

Pros of curling your own hair:

  • You can do it on your own time.
  • The space is your own. You can curl your hair in the kitchen if you really so desire.
  • Your style. Your way.

Cons of curling your own hair:

  • If it goes wrong - which it does sometimes - there’s no one else to blame for it.
  • There isn’t that chatty time with friends. Sometimes getting someone else to do your hair is relaxing and a good time for gossip.
  • You may burn yourself. Not to say that someone else doing your hair wouldn’t do the same, but you’re most likely to burn yourself.

I have naturally curly hair. Will this ruin my natural curls?

Absolutely not. Curling your hair with a straightener will only help to form the natural curl that you already have.

What heat will I need to curl my short hair with a straightener?

It depends on the thickness and texture of your hair. Try starting with lower temperatures (in order to protect your hair) and then move on to higher ones if you find that the curls do not hold.

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