Short Hairstyles

How to curl short hair: A step-by-step tutorial

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Ever wondered how to curl short hair? Then wonder no more…


It’s no secret that short hair is bang on trend (just look at the numerous celebrities who have recently opted for the chop, including Pretty Little LiarsShay Mitchell!). But while it’s both practical and trendy, we’re not gonna lie, it can sometimes be tricky to know how to curl short hair.

But fear not, short-haired ladies: that doesn’t mean you can’t rock an uber chic hairstyle (we’re talking glamorous, volumised waves). So, put your hair woes aside and follow our step-by-step tutorial below to learn the best way to curl short hair!

A step-by-step tutorial on how to curl short hair


Brush your hair.

Start out by washing your hair with a volume-enhancing wash and care duo, like the TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner and Shampoo. Once your strands are fully dry, brush through them to remove any knots or tangles.


Apply hair serum.

While curling short hair requires texture and volume, you’ll also need to ensure that your tresses are smooth and frizz-free.

To do this, apply some TIGI S-Factor Silky Smooth Moisture Serum to your hair, to help protect against styling damage and smooth down any pesky flyaways.


Curl your hair.

Taking small sections of hair (approximately 2 inches-wide) from the front section of your head, use a small-barrel curling tong to curl your hair. It’s important to use a slimline tong, as large-barrel ones aren’t typically made with short hair in mind.

Tip: Always wanted to know how to curl very short hair? Using a curling tong will work better than a wand, because tongs are able to hold the hair in place while you curl.


Work your way around your head.

After curling the front section of your hair, begin working your way around your head. The direction in which you curl your hair is completely up to you, but we find that curling some sections of your hair towards your face and others away from your face makes for an effortlessly tousled look.


Set with hairspray.

Once you’ve curled all of your hair, you’ll need to set your curls with some hairspray. Use a flexible-hold hairspray, like the Toni&Guy Casual Flexible Hold Hairspray to ensure that your curls retain some movement.


Final look.

See? We told you it was super easy to curl short hair. Plus, this tutorial is proof that cute, bouncy waves are still achievable even if you don’t have long hair.

Tip: For a playfully glamorous edge, apply an embellished headband afterwards. This should sit in the middle of your head, so that you have some loose curls falling in front of it. Now you’re ready to hit the town!


Enjoyed learning the best way to curl short hair? Great! Then we think you’ll be ready to put your new skills to the test, by working one of the looks from our Curly Hairstyles page – trust us, you’ll be glad you aced this curling short hair tutorial!

06 January 2017