5 Ways To Curl Medium and Shoulder Length Hair in 2021

Because girls with curls just wanna have fun.

Real talk: We know that when you have medium length hair, it’s easy to get stuck in a hair rut. If you style it the same way every day, things can get a little—dare we say—boring. So if you are desperate for some curl inspiration and want to know how to curl medium length hair, well, we’ve got just what you need.

Learning how to curl medium length hair doesn’t have to mean setting it up in same-old-same-old beachy waves.

1.  Springy Curls

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Create an almost natural-looking springy curl.

To get springy curls that almost look natural, you’ll want to use a curling wand. Using a 1 to 1 1/4 inch-barrel curling wand, wrap small sections around the barrel, leaving out the tips (or the last inch) of your hair. Repeat on all sections, then lightly comb out the spirals with your fingers to get that piecey look.

To seal the deal, use Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse and scrunch your hair. This will give you the volume and texture you want, while it relaxes the curls just enough to not look too perfect.

2. Voluminous Curls

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You can never go wrong with big, voluminous curls.

If big and bold curls are more up your alley, grab all your bobby pins and a large-barreled curling iron. Curl larger, one-and-a-half-inch sections away from your face. As soon as you remove the hair from the tong, immediately roll it back up into a pin curl. This will help set the curl and give each section longer-lasting structure. When you’ve finished curling and pinning all of your hair, make sure that your hair has cooled down all the way before unraveling.

Separate the curls with your fingers so you don’t have tight ringlets. If you don’t get enough volume from curling alone, have no fear: Teasing will get you the volume you want. Lightly backcomb your hair for maximum volume and set your style with TRESemmé Flawless Curls Hair Spray.

3. Sleek, Glamorous Curls

how to curl medium length hair hot rollers
Hot rollers are the key to creating these curls.

For soft and sleek curls that wow from day to night, turn to hot rollers. Setting your hair with hot rollers can seem a little too old school these days, but they’re still around for a reason—nothing gets that romantic, vintage-y ringlet quite like this hair tool!

To achieve, first prep your freshly washed and dried hair with TIGI Copyright Custom Create Heat Protection Spray to make sure you won’t damage your hair. Next, set your hair with the largest rollers on the top of your hair, working your way to smaller rollers as you get to the bottom. When your hair has set, unroll and brush through your hair with a boar-bristle brush. This helps separate the ringlets and give a softer texture to your new curls.

4.  Natural-Looking Perm

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Try a perm for a more natural curl pattern. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Lastly, for natural-looking curls, day in and day out, consider getting a perm. Thankfully, technology has advanced since the ’80s. Modern perms are no longer as wacky (and unmanageable!) as they were back in the day. Before you get a perm, beef up on your perm maintenance tips to keep your hair curly for as long as possible.

5. Crimped

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Go for a more unique pattern, like the crimp.

If you’re looking for a ore unique curl pattern to try out on your medium length hair, go for a crimp style. We love this other 80s throwback texture and are so happy it’s coming back in style. You can choose to create subtle crimps or leave the crimper on your strands a little longer for more defined grooves.

There are plenty of ways to curl medium length hair, so don’t get caught in your comfort zone of the same curling iron waves. Experiment with some other curling techniques to keep your style fresh and diverse!

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