I’ve shared several hair tutorials in the past and it seems that they’ve been pretty popular (see my curling wand tutorial or my messy topknot tutorial). So today I wanted to share a loose curls tutorial for how I achieve these soft curls!
Whether you have long hair like mine or shorter hair, I want you to know that these soft curls can be achieved. I’ve made the steps as simple and easy-to-follow as possible and have provided the exact tools/products I use, so I know everyone can do it!
|| loose curls tutorial ||
NuMe Classic Wand 32MM – I went with the larger barrel to achieve the “softer and looser” curls effect!
And good news! If you’re in need of a new curling wand, I’m obsessed with my NuMe wand! Right now they’re 50% off with the code “CURLS50”, so be sure to check out their wand selection or click on the image below!
Other items I’m using in this post:
Step 1 || Section off your hair
Whether you have tons of hair like I do or not, it’s a good idea to curl your hair in sections. That way, you won’t get overwhelmed with how much hair you have to curl and you’ll be better able to curl smaller sections (instead of being tempted to just curl huge chunks poorly). I use hair clips to pin the top half of my hair up and out of the way.
Step 2 || Begin curling the bottom section of your hair, away from your face & barrel down
Now that your hair is sectioned off, you can start the fun process of curling! Be sure to wrap your hair around the wand (away from your face) with the barrel facing downward.
Side note: In my previous curling wand tutorial, I said to leave the last inch or two of hair off the barrel, which is a pretty popular technique for more “natural” looking beachy curls. But don’t do that this time! Wrap your hair completely around the wand until you get to the very end (this NuMe wand comes with a glove if you don’t trust yourself not to burn your finger!).
Step 3 || Spray, spray, spray!
Once you’ve curled the bottom section of your hair, it’s super important to hairspray it all. And use a good amount! Later on, we’ll be brushing out the curls a bit, and the only way to ensure the curls stay is to hairspray them like crazy.
Be sure to check out the hairspray I use (also linked at the top of this post). I’ve tested out lots and lots of hairsprays in my day – some of them leave my hair hard and crunchy, some leave it super sticky, and some just don’t work. But this hairspray is by far the best I’ve used and super affordable!
Step 4 || Curl the top section of your hair and SPRAY again
Next, let down half of the clipped section of hair. Begin curling this section, barrel down. It’s up to you how high you want to start the curl. Sometimes I start wrapping my hair where my ear starts (leaving the hair above my ear straight), but because I wanted full curls and lots of them, I started about two inches from the root. This makes my entire head of hair curly, not just the ends like I sometimes do.
And, of course, hairspray that section real good!
Then let down the other top section of hair and repeat the curling and spraying process.
Below is what your hair looks like post-curling. You’ll have very structured curls which is definitely pretty, but not the look we’re going for today. So, we’re moving on to the next step…
Step 5 || Brush it out
Ah! I know! This one’s scary. Because you just spent all that time curling those beautiful locks and you don’t want to ruin them. But if you’ve sprayed them with good hairspray, then you’re not going to totally lose the curls, you’re just going to soften them up a bit.
So go ahead – be brave – and brush those curls!
Step 6 || Fix your bangs and re-curl if necessary
I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but my bangs never do what I need them to. They’re always going in a different direction, have a weird cowlick, or just fall flat. So it’s okay to grab the section of bangs you want to look nice and go back in with your curling wand to fix them!
And, of course, spray the heck out of them once you get those bangs to fall into the perfect place!
Step 7 || Let your hair “settle”
Below is a picture of what I like to call my “Texas pageant hair”. Right after I curl my hair, it’s super full and flowy and just huge. However, that’s not real life. After about 5-10 minutes, real life sets in and my hair settles a little bit. But for now, let’s enjoy some pageant hair pictures…
Okay, once you’ve enjoyed the fullness and have taken a few mirror selfies, your hair should be a little more practical and will have fallen into place. Do one last spritz of hairspray if you desire, and go enjoy those soft and loose curls!
Did you guys learn anything new from this loose curls tutorial? Are there any other hair tutorials that you’d like to see? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!