Flirty Curls



It’s been awhile since I curled my hair with a 1 inch wand! I forgot how much fun it is to have bouncy ringlet curls!

I typically wear my hair in really soft waves, so this was a fun change up from the usual. In fact, I asked Justin what he thought of my hair when he returned home from work on this day. . .

“Your hair looks like that every day!”


Obviously he doesn’t appreciate the difference a 1/4 inch can make in a curling iron. šŸ™‚

Anyway, these curls were a blast and you should wear them to a holiday party.

The makeup look I wore in this tutorial can be found here!

I used the T3 Whirl Trio with the 1 inch barrel. A great budget option would be the Hot Tools 1″ flipperless barrel.







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Comments (51)

  1. Katherine says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    Very pretty…always love your hair!! And it IS very different, much curlier than usual. More like party hair!
    Just wanted to say my son just got accepted to Duke! I know I’m off-topic here but I’m really excited and I know Justin went to Duke and you guys are big fans. We are over the moon! Go Blue Devils!!

    • Kate says
      Posted December 18, 2015

      congrats to your son!

      • Katherine says
        Posted December 18, 2015

        Thanks Kate! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  2. Emilie R. says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    Men. It looks totally different!

  3. Sherry says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    Such a man……it looks totally different and fabulous !!! Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!!

  4. Sheryl says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    I love the depth the extra little curl gives your hair and red lips look fab on you!

    • Kate says
      Posted December 18, 2015

      thank you!

  5. Posted December 18, 2015

    I’m sure my husband would say the same thing to me! It does look very different – has more energy and bounce. Loved the tutorial.

  6. Kerrie says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    I love how you can tell just how pleased you are with how this look turned out. You always have a smile on your face, but you look so joyful in this tutorial. Merry Christmas!

  7. Becky says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    That lipstick is AMAZING on you!

    • Jane says
      Posted December 19, 2015

      What’s the shade of lipstick?

  8. Charlotte says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    Your hair looks great! It is much different from a soft wave! My husband would have said the same thing though i’m sure lol! That red lipstick looks fabulous on you by the way

  9. Posted December 18, 2015

    My husband often says when I go get my hair done,”you look the same as you did before you left”. Then other times he totally notices I did something different! Love the hair tutorial! You have featured that hot tool a couple times. I really need to look into it! Does such a great job! Also, I love the red lips and eye liner!

  10. Amanda says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    I love curling wands! I just bought the NuMe Octowand and cannot wait to try it! I am in love with your hair–so pretty!!

  11. Laura says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    This came at a perfect time, I will be doing this for tomorrow’s holiday party! What is the textured powder that you used?

  12. Jennifer says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    My husband wouldn’t know the difference either if I did that lol.

  13. Karen says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    Great video, Kate! Thank you! you just radiate happiness and joy. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  14. Jessica says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    Love this look! These are the type of curls that are easiest for me to do (I don’t know why?). Also, your makeup looks so good – you kind of look like Lauren Conrad from The Hills, etc – I think it’s the winged eyeliner šŸ™‚

  15. Chelsea says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    Your recent posts about curls are so inspiring! Can you give some advice on what size barrels are best for short bobs? My hair just barely hits my chin. If I were to invest in one size curling irons, what inch would you recommend? Thanks!

  16. Kristen says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    I have the curling wand and my hair is so fine whenever I use it my hair goes back to straight in no time. Any tips on how to make the curls stay?

  17. Posted December 18, 2015

    Love the hair, but that lipstick is the best!! Seriously beautiful!

  18. Beth says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    So lovely! I just love your blog because it is so positive. Good to know there are nice people out there like you and your blog followers.

    God bless you all and Merry Christmas!

  19. Gwen Filardi says
    Posted December 18, 2015

    Very pretty and festive! You should wear bright lipstick more often. It looks great on you.

  20. Posted December 18, 2015

    I have read your blog off and on for the past few years and only recently become a full fledged, die-hard reader. Like, I am going back and watching every hair video. (I have decided that 2016 is the year that I finally learn how to do my hair. I mean, I’m 33. It’s time.) Your videos are so helpful, and last night, I finally learned how to properly tease my hair. As a Texas gal with a similar hair texture to yours, this was a total game changer. Thanks for posting all of your incredibly helpful hair videos! And if you feel like it, feel free to check out my subscription review box blog, We’ve given you some love recently (and my mom even went down a rabbit hole of watching a ton of your videos!) and likely to give more in the future. šŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!

  21. Posted December 18, 2015

    Love your french “mime” look in this tutorial! I’m always afraid to wear lip color. Maybe a tutorial on that? xoxo Kayleigh

  22. Chrissy says
    Posted December 19, 2015

    Beautiful! Question for you- for some reason whenever I curl my hair (with a 1″ curling iron), and then go to “rake” through it with my finger tips, it turns into a giant frizzy mess!! yours always seems to stay in cute, neat curls. Any idea what I’m doing wrong? Thanks!

  23. Abijah Yu says
    Posted December 19, 2015

    Hi Kate, in this tutorial you only curl in one direction, away from your face. In other curling tutorials you mention that you alternate direction as you curl to give a fuller look. Is there a reason you did not do that this time?

    • Kate says
      Posted December 19, 2015

      With curls this small, alternating directions just isn’t necessary. They’ll almost never blend together, which is what I try to avoid when I alternate directions!

  24. Natalie says
    Posted December 19, 2015

    You make it look so easy and non complicated that even I think I will be able to achieve this look! Now to find a curling wand that works for my hair type! Can’t wait to try it out. Your makeup is fabulous!

  25. Sandy Stresewski says
    Posted December 19, 2015

    I really miss you in your bathroom doing your hair. Being closer to the mirror makes it easier to see and is more personal. I think things are a little to professional!

  26. Christina says
    Posted December 19, 2015

    I’ve not yet watched the video but I have to comment right now how PURTY you look with this style!!! It makes you look younger too šŸ˜‰

  27. Michele O'Sullivan says
    Posted December 19, 2015

    Is that a new intro? I love it!!!

    I was just watching some of your older, shorter-hair geared tutorials. It’s so funny how much your filming style and delivery has changed…love it all, though!

    I really appreciate that you mentioned a budget friendly appliance along with what you usually use. It would be awesome to do that more often, as it’s simply not possible to have high end everything. Just a thought!, you do always let me know when to spend that little bit more, though.

    Thanks for all you post!

  28. Posted December 19, 2015

    Gorgeous hair! Love this style and can’t wait for my hair to grow a little bit longer so that I can greet my curlers and say hello to some ringlets once more!

    – Holly x

  29. Posted December 19, 2015

    You look lovely!! I absolutely love the whole look! Xx

  30. Posted December 20, 2015

    I always love curly hair and you are very pretty I love your hair.After watching your hair I requested to my wife, just change hair style like your image.So thanks for your lovely presentation …………

  31. Adrienne says
    Posted December 20, 2015

    I love love love these curls and you have convinced me that I need a 1 inch curling iron!

  32. Posted December 21, 2015

    So pretty!!

    I recently bought that stripey 3/4 sleeve top with sequin stripes from Jcrew that you said you loved, and I love it too! Thanks for the rec! I am always looking for tops that are casual but different and cute. That one was perfect. šŸ™‚

  33. Rebecca says
    Posted December 29, 2015

    I love your black and white top, where is it from?

  34. Lindsay says
    Posted December 29, 2015

    Hi Kate! Thanks for this tutorial. I am thinking about doing flirty curls for NYE, but it’s a bit adventurous for me. šŸ™‚ I’m curious, at what temperature would you recommend I set my curling iron? My hair’s a little thicker than yours, not much. I am using a gold curling wand. Thanks again!

  35. Em says
    Posted January 31, 2016

    Hi Kate – thank you for this tutorial. i just have one question…. What is the brand of the texturing powder you used? Thank you!

  36. Jessica Tozer says
    Posted February 17, 2016

    Hi! Love the video! I was wondering what curler you were using for your hair!

  37. kayla says
    Posted February 26, 2016

    What brand and shade lipstick are you wearing here?! I love this color red!

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  43. Jessica says
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    I love your energy and appreciate that you told me in writing what tool you are using but gave me the training wheel and therefore cheaper option. šŸ™‚

  44. Erica says
    Posted November 22, 2017

    what kind of prep do you do for the curls? my hair refuses to hold curls and just ends up straight.

    What products would you recommend?