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 fashion. No matter how you decide to wear them—down, up, half up and half down—they will always add glam to your look. This is why learning how to curl hair at home is a useful skill. Whenever you need to glam up, you don’t need to rush to the salon to have your hair professionally done. One of the ways you can do it right at home is by using a curling iron.

In case you’ve never held this tool before and are in need of a quick curling 101, we’ve got you covered! Here are the steps in creating beautiful curls!

Here’s How to Curl Hair at Home


Prep your hair.

Make sure your hair is smooth and frizz-free by washing it with the right products. Doing so will help make styling a breeze. 

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Bottle of TRESemme Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo

Editor’s tip: We recommend washing your hair with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo. It has KERA10 Protein Complex that goes up to 10 layers deep into your hair to nourish it. This shampoo also gives your hair 10 salon benefits in one wash! It has an anti-frizz and anti-humidity formulation. It also makes your hair smooth and soft, adds shine, detangles, strengthens hair, tames flyaways, provides heat protection, and leaves a long-lasting fragrance. 

Bottle of TRESEMME Keratin SMooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner

After shampooing, use TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner. It has KERA10 Protein Complex and oleo serum to moisturize and nourish your hair deeply.


Divide and conquer.

When you’re washing and drying your hair, you can start styling it. Divide your hair into two sections. Use hair clips to keep one section out of the way while you work on the other.

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Start curling.

Take a section of hair, wrap it around your curling iron, and hold for 10 seconds before releasing.

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Keep curling your hair section by section until you finish curling your entire hair.

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Loosen the curls.

When you’re done curling, gently rake your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls and for a more laid-back look.

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Set your style.

Finish with a few spritzes of your favorite hairspray to make your curls last.

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More Ways to Curl Your Hair at Home

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 to all sections of your hair. 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 bun 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

Asian woman with long mermaid waves hairstyle wearing a sleeveless printed top
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 channel the vibe. To create beautiful mermaid waves, put your hair in two braids and secure the ends with elastics. Spritz hairspray, and leave your hair braided for at least thirty minutes. When you unravel your hair, finger-comb it to style, and tada! You now have mermaid waves.

4. Korean Waves

how to curl hair at home: pretty Asian girl looks sweet in her hairstyle and blue dress
Look dainty with soft, loose waves. Credit: Dennie Ramon

Create soft and shallow waves on your hair using 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

Pump up the glam with classic Hollywood curls. You can use either a curling iron or 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.

Easy Ways to Flaunt Your Curls

1. Curly Ponytail

Asian woman with low curly ponytail wearing a green blouse
Add volume to your ponytail by curling and teasing it. Credit: Natasha Estelle

If you have medium-length or 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 a playful 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 a 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.

4. Curly Hair With Bangs

Asian woman with wavy locks and bangs
Add volume and bounce to your hair by adding curls. Credit: miya227 of Getty Images from Canva

Combine soft and shallow curls with side-swept bangs to create a dainty, romantic hairstyle. This styling hack elevates your everyday look, and you can wear it at casual and semi-formal events.

5. Dip-Dyed Hair With Curls

Asian woman with pink curly hair
Curls make colored hair look more exciting. Credit: Nannapat Mum from Pexels

If you’re looking for something fun, add bouncy, playful curls to your dip-dyed hair. It’s an easy way to give your hair volume and an even prettier color flow.

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