How to Curl Hair at Home

You and your curling iron are going to be BFFs! Check out the simple steps in curling your hair at home.
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Curls are always going to be in trend. No matter how you decide to wear them—down, up, half up and half down—they would always instantly add glam to your look. Now, there are different ways on how to curl hair at home (you really have no excuse not to try this hairstyle—you can even do it with just socks!), but one of the most popular methods is with a curling iron.

In case you’ve never held this tool before and in need of a quick curling 101, we’ve got you covered! Just play the video above and learn how to properly and effectively create beautiful classic curls!

Step 1

Prep your hair

Make sure your hair is smooth and frizz-free by washing it with the right products. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner is a system that controls frizz and fly-aways. This would make curling your hair a lot easier because frizzy strands don’t get in the way.

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Step 2

Protect it from heat

Before you let the curling iron touch your strands, use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray all over your hair. This would shield it from the damaging effects of heat styling, and at the same time, it will help seal in shine in your tresses.


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Step 3

Divide & conquer

Divide your hair into two sections, using hair clips to keep one section out of the way while you work on the other.

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Step 4

Start curling

Take a section of hair, wrap it around the wand, and hold for 10 seconds before releasing.

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Step 5


Keep curling your hair section by section until all of your hair is nicely curled.

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Step 6

Loosen the curls

When you’re done curling, gently rake your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls and give it a more laidback, effortless vibe.

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Step 7

Set your style

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1. Sock Curls

Asian woman with long wavy hair wearing a shirt and a cardigan
The longer you leave the socks on your hair, the tighter your curls will be. Credit: Hariono Halim

No curling iron? No problem! You can use an old, clean sock to curl your hair. Just roll a small section of your hair around a sock and tie a knot. Repeat this process until all sections of your hair have been rolled around a sock. Leave your hair like this for at least two hours and voila! Say hello to curly hair sans the heat.

2. Tousled Hair

Asian woman wavy hair wearing a dark blue blouse and jeans with long
Twisting and pinning sections of your hair can give you curls sans the heat Credit: Hariono Halim

Another heatless way to curl your hair at home is to twist small sections of your damp hair, put them in little buns, and secure each with bobby pins. Leave the pins on for at least thirty minutes or until your hair dries naturally. Then, remove the bobby pins and your tousled hair is ready.

3. Long Mermaid Waves

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Let your long hair spell summer with gorgeous mermaid waves. Credit: Natasha Estelle

You may not be a mermaid in real life, but your hair can look like that of one. To create beautiful mermaid waves, put your hair in two three-strand braids and secure the ends with elastics. Spritz hairspray, and leave your hair braided for at least thirty minutes. When you unravel your hair, just finger-comb it to style and you’re ready to flaunt your waves. It’s perfect this summer as it makes you feel like you’re at the beach.

4. Korean Waves

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Look dainty with soft, loose waves. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Create beautiful light waves on your hair with a curling iron with a medium-sized or large barrel. Just curl from mid-lengths to the tips, and once done, finger-comb your hair to style. Easy, right?

5. Classic Hollywood Waves

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Bring out the old Hollywood vibe with your vintage curls. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Classic hairstyles never grow old, just like classic Hollywood curls. Aside from a curling iron, you can also use hair rollers to create this hairstyle. Don’t have hair rollers? Use toilet paper cores, roll sections of your hair around them, and secure them with clips. Leave them on your hair for at least 30 minutes for the curls to set.

1. Curly ponytail

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Add volume to your ponytail by curling and teasing it. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If you have medium to long hair, start your (loose) curls at the nape of your neck so that the top is sleek and straight, while the tail is curly. You can part your hair on the side or in the middle or you can brush it all back.

2. Curly Half Updo

Asian woman with long curly hair in a half ponytail wearing a white shirt and smiling
This curly hairstyle makes your hair look thicker. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Complement your curls with a pretty half-up half-down style for an ultra-feminine look. Tie your half ponytail high up on your crown if you want a quirky and fun-looking hairstyle. But if you want a dainty and romantic ‘do, keep your half ponytail low with an elastic or clip.

3. Curly Hair with Headband

Asian woman with blonde curly hair with headband wearing a sleeveless blue top
A metallic headband on curly hair gives your look a vintage touch. Credit: Dennie Ramon

You can also jazz up your curly hair with a headband. Wear an elegant, metallic headband if you want to look smart and classy, or a colorful one if you’re in the mood for something playful.

Now that you know how to curl hair at home, you can play around with different looks and easily update your style. Have fun!

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