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4 Ways To Curl Medium Length Hair

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 want 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.


Read on for four different ways of how to curl medium length hair:

  • Springy Curls
  • Voluminous Curls
  • Glamorous Curls
  • Natural Looking Curls


1.  Springy Curls

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To get springy curls that almost look natural, a curling wand is the best to use. But you can also achieve the look using a curling iron or even your hair straightener. Simply 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 the look.

To seal the deal, use the TRESemmé Volume & Lift Styling 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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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.

Editor’s tip: Lightly backcomb your hair for maximum volume and set your style with Toni&Guy Amplify Creation Hairspray for all-day, flexible hold.


3. Sleek, Glamorous Curls

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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, vintagey ringlet quite like this hair tool!

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To achieve this look, first prep your freshly washed and dried hair with TRESemmé Heat Defence Styling Spray to make sure you won’t damage your hair. Next, set your hair with the largest rollers on the top of your head, 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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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 as they were back in the day. Before you get a perm, check out our perm maintenance tips to keep your hair curly for as long as possible.


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