How to use hair curlers on short hair

Because short hair and curls are a match made in heaven!

Think that having short hair means you can’t curl your tresses? Well, think again. Because, contrary to popular belief, it’s actually not that difficult to curl short hair – as long as you use the right heated curling tools, of course. So, if you have a short mane, and are eager to learn how to use hair curlers to refresh your look, just keep reading to discover a few essential tips…

Top tips: How to use hair curlers on short hair


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Hair curlers work on short hair, too. Credit:

1. Size matters

This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many people choose curling irons that are the wrong size for them! To make sure you pick a hair curler that suits your hair length, just keep an eye on the diameter of the barrel. For short manes, we would suggest using a 1-inch model – although it will depend on the exact length of your tresses.

2. Pick the right shape for your needs

As well as picking the right barrel size, you’ll need to select a hair curler with the right barrel shape. Cylindrical barrels will create classic curls, while tapered ones will produce more gradual spirals. As for double-barrel irons, they will work better if your have a longer hair length, giving you defined S-shaped waves/curls.

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Section your hair before curling. Credit:

3. Remember to section your hair

Just because your hair is shorter, doesn’t mean that you should skip sectioning it when you use hair curlers. So, before you start the curling process, divide your mane, and use clips to keep your sections in place and out of the way. Just like with longer tresses, it’ll make it all much easier, and you’ll be able to keep track of which parts you’ve already curled. Then, carefully wrap each section around your curling wand, and hold it for 5-10 seconds, depending on the thickness of your locks.

4. Don’t forget to use a heat protectant

Just like longer locks, short hair is prone to damage, so it’ll need protection from heat, too. In fact, no matter your hair length or type, it’s always best to use a heat protectant to guard your tresses from the damaging effects of excessive heat. Why not try the TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray (£4.99*)? It helps to smooth strands and add shine, while providing heat protection up to 230°C. Not quite sure which product you should be using for your hair? Read our article: How to choose the right heat protectant for your needs.

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Curls on short hair. Credit:

5. Leave your ends straight

We know it sounds a little odd, but just hear us out: if you have a short mane, keeping the ends of your hair straight will help stop your curls from sticking out awkwardly. So, when you wrap your locks around your hair curler, make sure you don’t roll their ends, as this will help your curls look smooth and uniformed.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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