Short hair, despite what some people might think, actually requires quite a bit of maintenance, and it can be boring to do the same style every day. So why not change things up and curl it? Let’s say you’ve got a cute pixie cut or a classy bob and you want to curl your hair. Good news! It’s totally feasible, and if you use a straightener, you don’t have to run the danger of burning yourself aka your neck and ears like you do with a curling iron. And if you already have naturally curly hair that’s short but you want to get loose, wavy curls or ringlets going, then this guide is also for you! Read on for information about how to curl short hair with a hair straightener.
Don’t Be Afraid to Get a Little Dirty!
Before getting started, prepare the texture of your hair for the curling session. It’s a lot easier to curl your hair, especially when it’s short, if it’s unwashed. Nothing too dirty, but a few days sets up a good foundation. The natural oils in your hair will allow it to retain the curls better than freshly washed hair would. If it’s freshly washed, your soft and clean hair will be so relaxed that they’ll just drop the curls completely. If you’ve already washed your hair and you’re reading this right now, you can consider using some product. A little mousse massaged into your hair before drying it is one option. Another option if you’ve already dried it is to lightly apply hair spray and then comb it in your hair (so it doesn’t have that gross crunchy feeling).
If you have naturally curly hair, in addition to the advice above, you’ll also want to actually straighten your hair before curling it. That may sound counter-intuitive, but by straightening it beforehand, you allow your hair to have consistent texturing throughout. That way you can get all those curls to go in the direction that you command them to.
Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe: Choosing the Right Straightener for You
There are a lot of straighteners out there, but no joke, when it comes to curling short hair with a hair straightener, not every flat iron is going to be ideal.
Just for general advice, before you get immersed in the details of curling short hair, it might be a good idea to take a second to check out the supporting guides on “Flat Ironing Your Hair without Damaging It,” “The Best Temperature to Curl Hair,” and the “Hair Straighteners Reviews” pages. I promise it’s not much reading and won’t take too long. Basically I just want to make sure that before you start curling away, you know what temperature and straightener type is best for your hair type. That way we can make sure your hair comes out of this process without incurring any damages.
Best Straightener to Use with this Guide
In addition to being the most complementary to your hair type, the best straightener for curling short hair is going to be anything around 1 inch. Anything thicker is going to make it hard to curl your short hair around. These are my top 3 for 1 inch diameter hair straighteners for varying hair types:
#1: Fahrenheit Straightener Sleek Pro Professional Slim Line Metallic Titanium Plate 1″
The Sleek Pro is great because it heats up quickly due to its titanium plates. This is ideal for those with thick or coarse hair. It has ionic technology, which means you won’t end up with frizzy bits sticking out every which way from your curls. It also is a sound investment for an affordable price.
#2: CHI Original Pro 1” Ceramic Ionic Tourmaline Flat Iron Hair Straightener
The CHI original pro is triple-winner. The ceramic plates make it suitable for any hair type, and the ionic technology eliminates frizz. The tourmaline coating will also ensure consistent heating and protect your hair from damaging heat spots.
#3: BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium-Plated Ultra-Thin Straightening Iron
Another recognizable name in the straightener industry, this is lightweight, heats up quickly, and leaves hair smooth and shiny. It is a bit pricey compared to the Fahrenheit, which has comparable features, but buyers love this flat iron.
Get Ready, Set, Curl!
Now that your hair texture is prepped and you’ve got the right straightener in hand, girl you are ready to curl. To make sure you’ve got the whole process down, it might help to read through all of the steps in this guide, some of which you have already completed:
- Prep hair texture
- Choose the right straightener for your hair type
- Decide what kind of curls you want—loose, slightly messy, tight ringlets, spontaneous (as in curled in multiple directions), one direction (all outwards for instance)
- Determine what length you want to keep the longest curls at so you don’t end up with super short curls glued to your scalp—your longest layers will be your underlayer
- Starting with the underlayer, take 1 inch sections (or less hair if you want more dense, tight curls), clamp the straightener onto the hair, and then twist, so the hair curls around the straightener itself
- While curling, pull the straightener down—the curls will hang down as you pull them down, rather than looking like corkscrews sticking out all over your head
- Do a few curls on one side and switch to the other side to make sure it all looks even
- Once you’ve done with the underlayer, move on up to the other layers
- If you want tight ringlets, then you should be all set!
- If you want loose curls, run your fingers through the curls as you progress, and pull down on the curls. This will help stretch them out.
- If you want messy curls, then once you’re done, run your hand through your hair a few times.
- Once the curls are where you want them, lightly hair spray to help the curls set.
If you’re more of a visual learner, then check out the video below for a demonstration from a professional stylist as she uses a straightener to curl her hair with ease.
And voila! You’ve mastered curling short hair with a hair straightener. Just look and love your curls. Turn your head back and forth and watch the curls bounce around. Your locks are ready to take on the world.