Tutorial: How to Create Curls in Short Hair

Curls and length don't have to be mutually exclusive.

Summer looks might seem pretty democratic, but it’s no secret that longer-haired girls typically have the lion’s share of styles to play with, as opposed to their shorter-haired sisters. This is particularly obvious when you’re talking about the ultimate summer trifecta: braids, waves and curls. Not to say those with shorter locks can’t join in on the fun however: Short hair can lend itself to a myriad of styling options, especially when some accessories are an option. The only thing to remember if you want to know how to create curls in short hair is how far they can go around a curling iron.

Hair that can make a full revolution (and then some) around a curling wand is generally considered easier to curl. These lengths are long enough to form—and hold—a style, and bonus, actually look extra-cute and fresh with a bit of texture rather than when just worn straight.

If you’re looking to change up your short hairdo with some fun, flirty curls, look no further:

Tutorial: How to Create Curls in Short Hair


Start with freshly washed hair.

Clean hair usually means fuller-looking, bouncier hair. Cleanse with a system that helps impart fullness and nourishment without weighing the hair down (especially if your strands are fine, thinning or aging), such as the Nexxus New York Salon Care Diamatress Shampoo and the Nexxus New York Salon Care Diamatress ConditionerRough dry with a blowdryer until at least 90% dry.







Apply a serum.

Coat moist hair with a styling serum to prep for heat styling. A blend that helps fight frizz and tame fly-aways like S Factor by TIGI Silky Smooth Moisture Serum is optimal for those who need some conditioning benefits too. Start with a dime-sized amount on strands, adjusting the amount for the length of your hair.



Start curling the front sections.

Spray your hair with some heat protectant like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray. Then, use a 1 1/4″ curling iron barrel, begin twirling around sections of hair near the front. For a more modern, tousled look, twirl hair in different directions.





Continue until all hair sections are curled.

Keep curling the rest of your sections, and don’t stress if they’re slightly uneven. The chunkier and more disheveled, the sexier.



Muss up the roots with your fingers.

Gently shake out the curls after you’re done to loosen the ringlets. Also muss up the root area to create some lift.



Style as you wish.

Leave as is and finish with some hairspray, or deck it out with a flirty hair accessory like a headband or sparkly comb. Anything goes!


Looking for more tips on how to create curls in short hair? Check out four ways to use pin curls.