How to curl your hair with a curling iron

For this style: 
How to curl your hair with a curling iron:
**the curling iron I’m using is actually a 1.5 inch.
(disclaimer: While I am a professional hairstylist, I am not a professional actress. Please forgive the amateur nature of this video, also the noise from the motorcycle that rides by near the end. I am going for the concept here, not an audition for Shear Genius. Thanks!)

In video: Kenra Volume 25 hairspray, Aquage Uplifting foam, Claw clip, Duckbill clips, comb, mirror, 1 inch Hot Tools spring curling iron with heat setting option.

Here is a link to YouTube in case you are having trouble: How to curl your hair with a curling iron


  1. TeriK says

    Im a cosmetologist also and ive enjoyed reading your tips for others. Great idea!! keep up the awesome blogging!:)

  2. Anonymous says

    I love your blog! I’ve been trying to get new inspiration for my hair, and you’ve been giving me lots! My one problem is that I’ve never figured out how to work a curling iron without burning myself. :( Do you think you could make a tutorial for curling your hair with a flat iron? I’ve tried to mimic what I’ve seen my stylists do, but I can’t get it right! Also, tips on what flat irons to use! Thanks!

  3. says

    I’ve watched numerous curling tutorial videos but still had yet to quite achieve the look I was going for….until seeing your tutorial. Thanks for the tips!

  4. says

    Your blog is great! I am looking forward to watching more of you tutorials and learning how to style my hair. I always love how it looks when styled by a professional, but can never do it at home. Thanks for all of your help!

  5. says

    Hi! Couple of questions. First off I noticed you don’t spray each section as you curl it? Is this a no-no? A friend taught me to do my hair and she always sprayed each section as she was putting it onto the curling iron. This leads to my second question which was noticing that you DIDN’T spray each and that your curling iron looks nice and shiny! 😀 How do you like to clean yours? What works best to get the hairspray off? Thanks ever so much, the tutorial was super helpful!!

  6. says

    Megan: spraying each section will definitely help hold the curls if you have “hold” issues. And cleaning the curling iron? Go to sally’s beauty supply and buy some heavy duty product residue cleaner! That would be best!

  7. says

    Super!! Thanks so much. I’m looking at all your posts going “wow I’m so inspired”. I think our hair must be a very similar texture and I’ve never been able to figure out how to make this super soft fine hair hold anything. Recently a friend (the one I mentioned) did my hair for me and I was so excited. It took the hairspray to get the curls to hold but I’m wondering if trying some of the products you mentioned won’t give me better results. I’m growing my hair out and I’ve been frustrated at this in between length but all your pictures of hairstyles are totally perfect for where I’m at right now. :) Love it and I’m totally going to be stalking your blog now!

  8. says

    Just for the record, you have a beautiful profile! Thank you for all of your tips and tricks. If I would have known to just use your hands so much, man I would be in a lot less world of hurt. haha. Thanks hon!

  9. Anonymous says

    I am extremely tempted to buy the curling iron your using! But is it worth the money? I have a curling iron from Sally’s already. Will my results be any different if I use the curling iron you have?

  10. says

    Anonymous: if you have a curling iron that works, stick with it. It’s more inportant to have a really high end flat iron (for particular hair textures) than curling iron. :)

  11. says

    I love your blog! I’ve all but given up on styling my hair in anything but a typical ponytail…thank you for posting these tutorials! My husband will be so surprised when he comes home to see my hair styled and lookin’ cute. :)

    I’m going to try the curled hair first, but I’m a little nervous because my hair always tends to friz the moment I put it in the curling iron. Is that normal? What can I do to fix it?

  12. Anonymous says

    Do you have any easy updo’s for long and really thick hair? It seems like every updo I try ends up with me putting a ton of pins in which never stay.

  13. says

    Anonymous: Most the styles can be done on different textures, but thick hair can be a whole different ball game. Are you using good bobby pins? That makes a world of difference!

  14. says

    It sure does. I always put it on the hottest setting since my curls fall out so quickly, but I can try bumping it down a notch or two. Thanks for the tip. :)

  15. Anonymous says

    Kate, where can I find the Aquage uplifting foam? I’ve tried a few beauty supply stores (Ulta, Sephora) and haven’t had any luck.
    Love the blog! And thanks for doing this :) I’m one of those girls that could never figure out how to curl her own hair…until now.

  16. Stephanie says

    Found you on Pinterest and love your tutorials! Tried this today on me and my 14 year old. Not bad results for my first time! You have great hair…can’t wait for my next appointment w/my hairdresser. Thanks for some new ideas for my own hair!

  17. Erin says

    How does your hair stay all day? I have been curling my hair based on your tutorial for the past 2 weeks and use the same products. By the end of the day it is looking flat and most waves are almost straight.

    What am I doing wrong?

  18. Anonymous says

    So I just found your blog yesterday and I love it! I definitely agree with the above comment though, I’d love to see a video on how to curl with a straightener.. Thanks for doing these, it really helps girls like me! :)

  19. says

    Thank you so much for posting! I recently had my hair massacred by a rogue stylist (what I wanted apparently went in ear and out the other). Anyway, I got it fixed up and now have some short layers on top that I’m not too happy with and this hairstyle works GREAT with them!

  20. says

    I tried this today…I think my hair is just a bit too short and too thick :( Also, I had a hard time getting the ends to stay on the bottom on the curling iron and not poke out the top. Any tips?

  21. Anonymous says

    Thank you so much for sharing. Your hair is absolutely amazing. I still can’t get mine to look as greaet as yours (granted it is long and very heavy), but I love visiting your blog!

  22. Nicole says

    I just discovered your blog tonight and am anxious to get started!! I have had surgery twice within the last 12 weeks and a lot of hormone changes! My hair has totally changed too! It’s falling out and it’s so dry and frizzy. Could this be related to anesthesia or hormones? Also, do you have any suggestions for the frizz and dryness? Thank you!!!

  23. says

    I found you on Pinterest and I love your hair tutorials! I had no idea you should twist from the scalp to get the hair on the curling iron. I always roll from the bottom. And I am a nerd that never uses product and my hair never holds. DUH!

  24. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate!

    I have a little curling issue. I’m right handed and can curl the left side of the hair perfect (going away from my face) but can’t get the right side for the life of me!!!! It’s like my hands don’t want to work the curling iron going the opposite way. Does this make any sense? I always end up having one side of my hair perfect and the other side just falls out and looks like crap. Call me crazy but it really bothers me! Any tips?

    • Anonymous says

      Did you ever figure this out? I’m having the same problem. I can do it if I hold the iron so the clamp side is underneath and then curl away from my face…but not so it’s upright and facing forward like Kate does. :/ What worked? Help!!! So frustrating. It’s like when I go to put the curling iron around the hair..the black tip splits the section I’m trying to grab. I have found it helps if I turn the clamp towards my head a bit before I clamp it down. Fill me in please!! Frustrated!!! -Erin

  25. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate,

    Thanks for your tutorials! I feel like i am finally getting the hang of this curling business!

    My problem is that a lot of my shorter layers fall out whilst curling. Do you have any tips for this? Maybe a flat iron would be better than the curling iron for me?


  26. says

    Hi Kate! Thanks so much for the tutorial. My hair does not hold curl for long… Do you have any tips or great products that will help the curl stay?

  27. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate! I was wondering what order do you put in your hair products. Do you put the hair spray on before you blow dry? I never use products but I want my hair to have better lift and stay curly when I curl it but I havent figured out when to put the products in my hair to achieve the best results. Please let me know.



  28. Anonymous says

    I came across your blog from pinterest! Thanks so much for all the hair tips! I was curling my hair wrong all along! I will look forward to future posts. You really should have a tv show. =)
    ~Kelly~ from Michigan

  29. Katy says

    I have similiar hairstyle to yours… it may be a little shorter though. When I’ve tried curling my hair I find that it seems to be more curly (instead of soft waves like yours) and the curls don’t want to separate. I find that each side tries to go into one big curl. I think I am using a 1 inch curling iron. Could that be the problem? Or would it be the way that I am putting my hair through the curling iron? Thanks!!!

  30. Shyanne says

    This is absolutely awesome!!! I love all your great ideas! The girls at work and I seem to have your page pulled up at every other computer! :)

  31. says

    I was so excited to find your blog. I bought the Aquage (hard to find in Nashville area) and LOVE it. I have very fine thin hair and was always told I shouldn’t grow my hair out because it would be flat. The Aquage is proving them all wrong. Oh, and the Hot Tools 1 1/4 inch curling iron made all the difference in the world. My hubby is buying a GHD flat iron for Valentine’s Day because he trusts your suggestions now!! :) Thanks – keep sharing the great info!

  32. says

    I love your hair tutorials! Another thing I like to do to change it up is curl my hair or one of my clients’ hair, and instead of using duckbill clips, let it cool on velcro rollers. It gives lots of volume and bounce without the curls looking so “set” and defined. I have been a hair stylist for over 18 years and I get bored so easy and just changing up little things like the brush I use, the product, or technique helps me to keep it all fresh and interesting. Keep up the videos! We love them and thanks for all the time and energy that go in to them.

    p.s. I saw that your husband led worship, my husband used to as well. :)

  33. says

    Kate! Thank you so much for posting these tutorials! I thought I was the only one who didn’t know how to curl my own hair at age 23! Now I can style it myself for weddings, etc. :)

    Could you maybe post something for people with longer hair? I followed your tutorial and ended up with bigger curls that start about halfway down my head. I think the weight of my hair makes it so the top of my head won’t get curly… Any suggestions?? (I have medium hair that comes just above my bust)

  34. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate! Absolutely love your blog, and it makes me want to put effort back into my hair again! I am in the market for a new curling iron, and my hair is around your length or a little shorter. What size do you recommend?
    Thanks! Katie

  35. Anonymous says

    O.M.G. Thank you soooo much for finally showing me how to do my hair! I have been running around with cute haircuts pulled into ponytails for 15 years bc i don’t know how to do my own hair! You rock!

  36. Anonymous says

    I am looking forward to learning how to do my hair finally after 29 years! LOL I just told my husband the other day i feel like i look like a 13 year old girl because i have been doing my hair the same way since then! i cant wait to give the half up do a try! my only problem is im normally in a hurry so i want the fast thing done :( Also could you show how to curl your hair with those new curling irons that do not have a clamp?! So glad i came upon your blog!!

  37. Anonymous says

    hey kate your blog is the best thing since mint choc chip icecream!!!! just wondering i dont have a curling iron i have a curling wand how do i get the same look xx

  38. Anonymous says

    Please post how to wrap your hair around the curling iron to avoid kinks. I am having a terrible time getting my curls to turn out. Love, love your blog!

  39. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate,
    I have never been “into” styling my hair, but your blog has really inspired me. In just a few extra minutes in the morning my hair looks soooo much better. Love your blog!! Thanks!

  40. says

    I just got short hair and wasn’t too sure how to style it. Reading this blog has been a huge help. How you do your hair is amazing, and I love all the styles. Your blog is awsome!! Thanks!

  41. says

    My hair is about touching my shoulders and is at that awkward growing out length. Using my flat iron just isn’t working for curling it these days. What size and brand of curling iron would you suggest? Great tutorial?

  42. Anonymous says

    I loved how you curled your hair! I would like to know how you could do that with long hair? I’ve tried many ways on curling my hair and they all work but I like that natural look. Your pretty too so I want to make my long hair curl like that.

  43. says

    You make it look so easy! I’ve always been afraid to try anything like this because my hair is naturally curly, super thick, and currently goes more than halfway down my back. My curls are usually unruly and I’d love to have big curls or waves like yours (your hair is gorgeous, btw). I’m not quite as daunted now that I’ve watched you do it, so I’m going to give it a shot. Thanks for the great tutorial! :-)

  44. Anonymous says

    I love your blog! Could you do a tutorial on how to scrunch your hair? That’d be awesome :)

  45. Alana says

    bahahaha i would LOVE to see this chick try and curl my hair. my hair would undo the curls in one minute 😛

  46. Jessica Marie says

    Just bought the Hot Tools curling iron, Aquage Uplifting Foam, and Kenra hairspray off of! Excited to get them and try out your hairstyle. I have med-thin hair and about an inch longer than yours in this video. I hope everything turns out well!! Thanks for your tutorials. :)

  47. Anonymous says

    I see all this tutorials on how to curl hair and it looks good but when i actually go try it never works! my hair looks good when someone else does it but when i try it always comes out horrible so i always just end up straighting my hair all the time which gets boring. What could i be doing wrong??

  48. Anonymous says

    Did you put anything on your hair before your curled it? I have long hair at the moment but I’m thinking about cutting it short and your blog is helping me see if I can style short hair. Your tutorials are awesome!

  49. Anonymous says

    Hi, I was wondering what your main hairspray is, I use Pantene, and my hair always clumps up or hardens. My hair texture is a little thick and I have really long hair.

  50. says

    I LOVE your tutorials! I was debating about buying a 1.5 inch curling iron b/c I currently have 1 inch, but I feel like it gets it REALLY curly. Loving the hot tools though b/c it actually curls my super straight hair. Our hair is the same length so I thought I’d come over and low and behold, you’re using a 1.5 inch! I totally clicked over to amazon and purchased! Thanks, girl! You rock! Keep up the tutorials!

  51. Melissa says

    Love your blog and tutorials, thank you! Could you post a picture of your haircut? I’d love to see if you have layers, etc.

  52. Anonymous says

    Hi Kate! How do you clean your curling iron? I have super-fine hair that won’t hold curl unless I doing a light hairspray mist before curling, which means my curling iron becomes a mess quickly. Recommendations for caring for it?

  53. says

    THANK YOU for this! I’d never sectioned off my hair before and it helps tremendously. I’ve found with my hair, it’s better to section it vertically, and then when I release each section, I take the top third and curl it, and work my way down. I start in the back and move to the front. This has been GENIUS and a huge turning point in styling my hair. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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