If you've been following the blog, then you know that I recently got my hair cut into a lob. I love my new shorter cut but I have had to rethink how I style it. In particular, curling it has been a bit of a challenge. If done improperly, the shorter layers stick out all over the place and it looks pretty bad. Furthermore, I prefer a looser curl but have found that there really isn't enough hair to wind around a large barrel iron. After lots of trial and error, I have discovered the best way to achieve gorgeous curls on mid-length hair.
You will need a 1-inch or smaller curling iron to create these curls but don't worry about them looking like tight ringlets. I assume that no adult wants to look like Shirley Temple. I'll share a the trick to achieving loose, soft curls with a smaller iron. This method is actually great for all lengths. If your hair is shorter than mine, you can use a smaller iron and the same technique to loosen the curls. If your hair is longer than mine, the weight of your hair will result in even softer waves.
Get the how-to after the jump!
The Best Way to Curl Mid-Length Hair
For this tutorial, you will need:
1" or smaller curling iron (I used the professional version of this Hot Tools Ceramic Tourmaline + Titanium Spring Curling Iron)
Hairspray (I used Redken Control Addict 28 Extra High Hold Hairspray)
Texturizing Cream (I used Redken Mess Around 10 Distrupting Cream-Paste)
1. You will curl your hair from the bottom up so create a 1-2" section at your nape and clip the rest of your hair out of the way.
2. Take a small vertical subsection and wind it around your curling iron, holding the iron in a vertical position.
3. Now, here's the trick: pull the iron downward to release the curl. Then, while your hair is still hot, grab onto the end and pull it downward for a few seconds. This lengthens and loosens the curl. (Sorry; I took a picture of me holding the curl straighter but it was blurry! You know what I mean though, right?)
4. Repeat this, alternating the direction you wind the hair until all of your hair has been curled.
5. Rub a little texturizing paste or cream in your palms and run your hands through your hair to create a little separation and definition.