A long overdue short hair curling wand tutorial! Using my favorite curling wand and haircare products. Including a few recent finds.
PHOTOS BY DEEANNA KOURTNEY PHOTOGRAPHY
The most commonly asked question I receive is, how do you curl your hair? I shared a curling wand tutorial before when my hair was much longer (remember when I had REALLY long hair?). However, I have changed up my technique a little as well as switched up the products I use. I do still use one of the same products – I’ll get to that later but just know that I swear by it!
So today, I’m sharing how I get my go to curls with a short hair curling wand tutorial. Lots of people prefer curling irons or hair straighteners (to create curls) with shorter hair, however a curling wand is what I know and the only way I can accomplish the exact curls I like. Therefore, it is all that I use! Truthfully, I don’t even blow dry my hair except maybe once or twice a month. I love letting my hair naturally dry and using limited heat on it. Aka only using a curling wand! So let’s get right to it…
The Tools & Products I use
CURLING OR WAND
I use a 1 inch curling wand. This size worked great when I had long hair and works perfectly with my short hair as well. It is a very versatile width! So if you’re into changing up your hair often, a 1 inch curling wand is a great choice for you. The width provides the perfect sized curl – you can keep the curl tight by leaving the curl as is or brush through create more of a wave.
I swear by heat protectant. You’ll never find me using a heat tool without spraying heat protectant on first. I have tried several brands and have settled on Dove Smooth and Shine Heat Protection Spray. It is light, smells great, and leaves your hair with a beautiful shine.
This is a recent addition to my curling routine. I use Davises This is a Dry Texturizer – it is a dry, lightweight spray that creates instant body and texture with long-lasting hold. Terra Anne who does my balayage introduced me to it last month. Now I’m completely hooked. Both on the smell of it (smells like cake) and what it does for my hair!
To hold your hair up!
To brush through your hair at the end!
With the texture spray I haven’t been using as much hairspray but with the summer heat + humidity I’ve been adding a few sprays here and there. This is the product I included in my original curling wand tutorial. I swear by this hairspray and honestly couldn’t say enough good things about it. Just do yourself a favor – click and buy!
Start with dry hair! Whether you air dry like I do or blow dry your hair, make sure it is 100% dry. Otherwise you risk damaging your hair!
Then pick your part! More often than not I opt for a deep part on the left side. Sometimes spicing it up for a center part. Choose whichever you like best on you!
Spray with heat protectant!
Divide your hair into sections. I typically pull the top half up and secure with a scrunchie. Then start curling the bottom half of my hair and work my way up!
Curl your hair! As mentioned above, I typically start with the bottom half of my hair. I start with the pieces in back and work my way around front. With every section, I’m curling away from my face.
You can see in the photos I’m wrapping the hair around the curling wand and leaving about an inch out at the end. This is how you keep the curls from looking like ringlets and achieve more of a wave. Pro tip: curl all the way to the root. This provides more body and helps to keep the curls in longer!
Brush your curls. Yes, you read that right! Once you have curled you’re entire head comb through the curls with a wide tooth comb. Or you can use your fingers if you prefer. I however have found the comb provides a better, cleaner outcome.
Add texture! To finish off the look, add texture spray and now that it’s summer, hairspray. Spray the texture spray towards your roots and the middle section of your hair. This will instantly add texture and provide that long-lasting hold mentioned above. Then add a few sprays of hairspray for extra hold when venturing out on hot, humid days!