How to Use a Curling Wand on Short Hair

Miriam Herst | 09 November 2016

Master these tips for the perfect curls.

One of the downsides of cutting your hair short is losing the freedom of having an arsenal of creative hairstyles at your fingertips. You would think that with less hair inevitably comes fewer styling options. We’re here to tell you that learning how to use a curling wand and how to change the texture of your hair at your will is an easy way to get that coveted creative freedom back again and give even the simplest of styles a whole new spin. Mastering the basics of how to use a curling wand and nailing this technique is your gateway back to expressing yourself boldly with your awesome short hair. Read on:

How to Use a Curling Wand on Short Hair

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Voluminous curls are just a few minutes away.

1. Start with clean hair.

Wash and condition your hair with a duo that’ll only encourage extra volume. The Suave Professionals Volumizing Shampoo and the Suave Professionals Volumizing Conditioner, enriched with collagen and folic acid complexworks to add fullness and shine to your strands.

2. Dry your hair.

If you’re short on time, then definitely check out our tips on how to get the perfect blowout when you’re in a pinch. If you’ve got some extra time on your hands, let your hair air-dry where you use the natural texture to your advantage.

3. Protect your hair.

If you opt to blow-dry your hair be sure to make sure that it’s protected. Spritz your hair with the TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protectant Spray to ensure minimal damage to your strands as you lock in moisture. 

4. Curl away.

There are a few tricks to know when using a curling wand on your short hair. Using a glove to protect your fingers is always important but it becomes especially necessary when working with shorter strands that can easily slip away from your fingers. Start with the hair that’s closest to your face as you direct your hair towards the back of your head. Alternate directions as you move along and pay attention to how you hold the iron. Holding it vertically will give you a beachier wave while holding the wand horizontally will give you bouncy and voluminous curls. Work around your hair by section as you hold the curling iron in place for 30-60 seconds per strand.

5. Lock in your curls.

Once you’ve curled all of your hair, spray some of the Dove Style + Care Extra Hold Hairspray onto your curls. This will ensure that your style stays put all day long. Plus, your hair won’t feel crunchy or stiff after you use it.

Looking for more short hair inspiration? Check out 10 short haircut ideas for fall.