[how to] everyday curls

One of the most requested tutorials has been for the loose curls I sport most days. While there are tons of ways to achieve this tousled look I'm sharing my go-to with you today. Once you get comfortable with your new styling methods this 'do should take you no more than 30 minutes & even less with second day hair.

Towel dry hair. Use a wide tooth comb to detangle. Use a quarter sized amount of shine serum & work through hair starting at the ends to the nape of your neck. Next, use a dime sized amount of heat protectant & work through hair starting at the ends.

Blow dry on the warm (not hot!) setting. I go a little crazy here - there's no rhyme or reason to how I dry my hair. When most of the moisture is gone use a large round brush for a good blow out. Make sure that you are working the brush through the ends of your hair.

Separate your hair into sections. I start at the bottom & work my way to the front. I also use a banana clip. Deal with it.

I do not use the clamp on my iron. Wrap the section of hair around the iron & away from your face. 

Continue doing this until all sections are curled.

Use a dime sized amount of frizz control serum to break up the curls & smooth any flyaways.

Now for my most favorite step: grab that unnecessarily large can of L'Oreal Elnett & spray until your heart is content. For the record, I drive a hybrid so there's no way you can make me feel guilty for having a love obsession with aerosol hairspray. Good chat. Back to the hairspray. Once you have successfully contributed to the depletion of the ozone layer put. the. can. down.

Tidy up any stray pieces that may have gone rouge along the way...

 & Voila! You've got yourself a head full of carefree curls.

*When working with second day hair, straight or curled, make sure you brush out the ends well & add a few sprays of dry shampoo & texturizing spray to your roots before curling. [Brunettes - make sure there is no white residue from the dry shampoo left on your roots - rub in thoroughly] Next, heat up your iron & get to styling!

Products used:

Shine serum, heat protectant, frizz control serum, hairspray, dry shampoo
[Not pictured: Texturizing spray]

Dryer [splurge] [save], round brush, curling iron [on sale!]

photos via Heidi

This is not a sponsored post. I simply have an affinity for magical life-changing hairspray.


  1. Great tutorial! My hair doesn't really curl like this, but I know so many other girls will love it!

  2. Love this! Does your hair slip off the curling iron? Every time I curl mine with the wand it does - that's the only thing I have a problem with!! I'm going to have to check out the products you use!


    1. Just reading your question about hair slipping off a wand. My hair slips off a wand curler too, but on a clamp curler my hair does not slip off. Weird I know, but true! I don't use the clamp, I wrap the hair like in her pictures, but I just thought I would tell you that and maybe it will work for you also.

  3. If only my curls looked that awesome!!! Thank you for sharing!!!!

  4. You're hysterical! I've really been enjoying the blog and this post in particular was the cherry on top of my morning. Keep up the good work!

  5. beautiful tutorial! love this.
    and love pssssssssssst!!!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  6. I took the clip off of my curling iron a few months ago when clipless wands were all the rage and my curling iron fell apart! Clearly I'm going to reattach the clip and just not use it. GENIUS!


  7. I love seeing how people do their hair! I must say, I'm jealous at how good yours blow dries!

    The Glossy Life

  8. amazingness ... you look gorge, awesome tutorial , your results are perfection.

    and PSSSSSSTTTTT is teh shiznit

  9. This is amazing! I just received a clip-less curling iron for christmas and have been practicing!

    Check out my blog at: www.larajlifestyle.com

  10. This tutorial was amazing. And your blog makeover is perfect! Love the DC flag-inspo!

    Krystal K.
    The Feisty House

  11. YEAH!!! Loved it!! Thanks so much and please keep them coming! :)

    Happy Thursday.


  12. Great post. Your hair is lovely! I'm growing out a pixie, I can't wait to curl it like this again! Following your lovely blog!


  13. I love how it's not overly styled. Now to pull it off with a chin length cut...

  14. It looks like your barrel is larger than 1 1/4" - what size do you use?? I definitely have a 1" barrel and it doesn't make waves like that! help lol !

  15. any advice on crispy ends? i curl my hair and my ends are super crispy! i just hada new cut and everything :(

  16. I drive a hybrid too and have zero shame for buying aerosol hairspray and dry shampoo.

  17. how many inches is your curling iron?

  18. Hi,
    This is sooo pretty! I wish I had such amazing curls! Your blog is very pretty : D
    XOXO Abby ♥

  19. Love this tutorial! Quick question, what would you say your hair texture is?

  20. Love this tutorial! Quick question, what would you say your hair texture is?

  21. Another way to use a standard curling iron is to hold the clamp Open, Twist your hair around the barrel And then let The clamp down. (It heats the hair all around, As apposed just the inside our the curl, for a stronger curl) mostly for Us ladies whose hair is too thick for the wand iron method.

  22. Aerosol sprays can no longer contain CFCs, so spray away, Sister, and live guilt-free. If you're ever looking to switch hairsprays, try Kevin.Murphy session spray. It will change your life.


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