Do you know that you can use your hair straightener to curl your hair? Amazing, right?

In case you missed it, curling your hair with the use of your hair straightener can help create full, beautiful, and bouncy curls. It may take a little practice before perfecting the process, but believe me, the outcome is gorgeous that it will make you look like you’ve gone out of a salon!

Here are easy steps that you can follow:

Of course, hair preparation is the basic step when starting to style your hair. Make sure that you start with clean and dry hair. It will be difficult to curl your hair when hair is wet and curls will not last long.

Simple curls

If you want to perfect your method of curling your hair, start with these simple curls.

  1. Start with a small section of your hair and gently clamp down your straightener towards the top of your hair section.
  2. Pull the straightener down as if you are straightening your hair first. But when you reached the part of your hair that you want to be curled, stop and prepare to rotate your straightener.
  3. Pivot the straightener into a half-turn away from your face and gently pull down straight through the rest of your hair. Repeat on each section. Once you are done curling the entire hair, use your fingers to massage the roots to help break and loosen the curls. This will give you a beachy and almost undone look for your hair! Gorge!

Here’s a tip:  Try practicing new techniques with your straightener when it is turned off first to make sure that you will not burn yourself when perfecting the technique.

Beach Wave Curls

These curls are the easier version of curls you can do with your hair straightener.

  1. Section the front part of your hair and separate it with about an inch-wide per piece of the hair.
  2. Start at the root and make a “C” shape using the rounded curve of your tool facing outside. Depending on how many waves you want to make, drag the straightener in different lengths – long or short when creating the C-shape wave.
  3. Repeat the same process but this time face it in the opposite direction which creates an “S” shape.
  4. Continue doing it down the length of your hair until it reached the ends – you should keep the ends a little bit straighter.
  5. Once done, run through your hair with your fingers and finish it off with a hairspray.

Bouncy Curls

Bouncy curls are all about the volume and lift of your hair. To produce these curls:

  1. Start about an inch away from the roots and hold your straightener vertically and slightly tilted away from your face and pressed down.
  2. Twist the straightener halfway and away from your face.
  3. Use tension and be sure to hold the ends of your hair as you glide down the length of your hair.
  4. Rotate the straightener another halfway and turn it away from your face. Glide through your hair now using lighter tension.
  5. Repeat the whole process in your hair, but this time does it twice per strand to produce extra bounce. Use larger sections of your hair to create a looser look.

Here’s a tip: Pay attention to compression and pass. Compression is the amount of pressure you use when heat is applied and pass is the time you apply heat in a certain area of your hair.

Polished waves

If you want to highlight curls at the bottom part of your long hair, these waves are your go-to hairstyle.

  1. Create an inch vertical section and bring the straightener to the roots.
  2. Smoothen the roots of your hair down, or to add more volume, smoothen it outward.
  3. Rotate the straightener half-turn away from your face and gently pull it down for around an inch and a half.
  4. Create a tiny dip where the first wave is left off and make an elongated “C” shape. Ensure that the rounded edge is on the inner side which is almost close to your face.
  5. Repeat the same process going down the length of your hair and finish it with rounded ends to have a polished look.
  6. Using your fingers or large-toothed comb, run through your hair and apply some light-hold spray to keep it in place. For added shine, you may also apply hair serum.

For a quick hair touch-up, pick up a few pieces of your hair and press down the straightener down as you turn it under. Heat it for about five seconds and you are done. To add more flair, alternate the direction of the hair you curl, and voila!

You have now created a fresh and modern hairstyle where the ends look bouncy and fresh right out of a hair salon.


Nicola is always on the lookout for the best beauty tools and skincare products. She believes in "prevention is better than cure" so she is always trying to perfect her beauty routine to avoid premature aging. Fun fact about Nicola: She owns a lot of sunscreens as she carries a mini sunscreen in each of her handbags and backpacks.