How to Curl Short Hair with a Straightener

Allison Schmidt | 06 February 2019
how to curl short hair with a flat iron

The five minute curls.

Having short hair is so much fun, and it’s a lot more versatile than you may have originally thought! You can wear it straight, wavy, curly and even braided! Sure, you could always curl short hair with a curling iron, but how about getting double duty out of a tool you already own? How to curl short hair with a flat iron is totally different to how you curl short hair with any other tool, too. To curl short hair with a flat iron, you need to master the twist and a few insider hair tips. Read on to learn more about how to curl short hair with a flat iron.

how to curl short hair with a flat iron
How to curl short hair with a flat iron? Master the twist. Photo credit: Dvora

1. Choose your tool.

When you’re going to curl short hair with a flat iron, or any tool for that matter, size will be the most important factor. You’ll want your flat iron to be high quality with ceramic plates, too. Try to find one that is between half an inch to one inch. If you have short hair, like a pixie cut, stick to the half inch size. If your hair is any longer than your ears, you can go for the one inch.

2. Prep your hair.

Even though short hair tends to be less damaged (all those regular trims!) you still need to protect your hair. Especially if you choose to heat style your hair several days a week. Fending off heat damage is as simple as spritzing in a heat protection spray. For shiny, protected hair, mist an even layer of the TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray all over your hair. Wait till the spray has dried before using your flat iron.

3. Section your hair.

Even on short hair it is super helpful to section off your hair. You may need to get alligator hair clips to hold your short hair sections. They can catch little hairs better than ponytails, and won’t leave dents. You will probably only need to section off into two layers, the top and bottom halves of your hair.

4. Twist your hair.

Starting with the bottom half of your hair first, it’s time to start curling! Usually the bottom half of your hair will be pretty short, so do your best to add in bends, so it will at least mesh with the longer top half. Take one inch or so sections of hair, clamp between the flat iron and twist as you pull down the section of hair.

5. Keep curling.

When you’ve finished the bottom section, release the top half of your hair. Find your part first, so you can figure out which way your curls will lie. Then, repeat the curling steps! Just keep on curling short hair, and be extra careful with how you curl the top half of your hair, as it will be much more visible than the bottom half.

6. Shake and style.

Once you’ve curled your whole head of hair, it’s time to shake it out! Ruffle up your curls and separate with your fingers for a fun, beachy curled look. Style your hair however you like from here, wear it down, add a fun clip or try a headband! When your look is complete, set your style with the Dove Style+Care Strength and Shine Flexible Hold Hairspray.


Need to curl your short hair with a curling iron instead. We’ve got a tutorial for that too! Check out how to curl short hair with a curling iron

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