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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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I do not use the clamp on my iron. Wrap the section of hair around the iron & away from your face. 
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Continue doing this until all sections are curled.
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Use a dime sized amount of frizz control serum to break up the curls & smooth any flyaways.

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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.

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

 

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 Et 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 // Drybar now makes a dry shampoo just for brunettes!] Next, heat up your iron & get to styling!

 

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

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Dryer [splurge] [save], round brush, curling iron // Also loving Jose Eber’s curling wand

photos via Heidi
This is not a sponsored post. I simply have an affinity for magical life-changing hair care.
 

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34 Comments

  1. January 16, 2013 / 12:17 pm

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

  2. January 16, 2013 / 1:01 pm

    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!

    Alissa
    FeelingGoodFashion.blogspot.com

    • January 25, 2013 / 6:06 pm

      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.

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      District Sparkle
      February 19, 2013 / 2:55 pm

      It might help to add a bit of texturizing serum or spray before curling. My hair is on the thicker side so it tends to wrap & hold curl well without this product.

  3. January 16, 2013 / 3:02 pm

    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!

  4. January 16, 2013 / 3:05 pm

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

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  5. January 16, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    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!

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

  6. January 16, 2013 / 3:18 pm

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

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

  7. January 16, 2013 / 5:25 pm

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

    and PSSSSSSTTTTT is teh shiznit

  8. January 16, 2013 / 8:42 pm

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

    Check out my blog at: http://www.larajlifestyle.com

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      District Sparkle
      February 19, 2013 / 2:58 pm

      Totally doable & would be so cute! I’d go with a smaller barrel but follow the same steps!
      xo

  9. January 24, 2013 / 6:26 pm

    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 !

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      District Sparkle
      February 19, 2013 / 2:59 pm

      My barrel is 1 1/2″. You can also play with wrapping your hair tighter around the barrel in one place or setting it a little looser for beachy waves.
      xo

  10. February 7, 2013 / 8:16 pm

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

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      District Sparkle
      February 19, 2013 / 3:01 pm

      I actually don’t touch my ends to the barrel when I’m curling . Since I don’t use the clamp I have to hold the ends of my hair & this keeps them away from the heat. I also prefer that the ends hang a little straighter so this twist works best for me. As far as product to protect from heat I would suggest the Kerastase & Suave serums listed above. They have completely changed my hair for the better. & don’t forget – you should never apply heat to your hair without a protectant!
      Hope this helps!
      xo

  11. February 8, 2013 / 6:45 pm

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

  12. February 9, 2013 / 12:55 am

    how many inches is your curling iron?

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      District Sparkle
      February 19, 2013 / 3:02 pm

      My iron is a Conair 1 1/2″.

  13. February 11, 2013 / 7:29 pm

    So pretty!

  14. Melody
    May 3, 2013 / 11:48 pm

    Love the tutorial and when you say “good chat.” haha :)

  15. June 6, 2013 / 9:36 am

    I use a lot of these same techniques, but I’m definitely pinning this for your product roundup — I’m always looking for new ways to make sure those curls stay soft and natural looking, great tutorial!

  16. Jenn
    June 13, 2013 / 7:03 pm

    CFCs are no longer in aerosol hairsprays. Don’t worry about the ozone layer!

    How long does your hair stay curled? My hair and technique is similar to yours but I need mouse or my curl falls out in like 30 minutes. With mouse it’s more like 4-5 hours. :(

  17. August 13, 2013 / 2:08 am

    How long do you hold your hair on the curling iron? I am new to curling and still trying to figure out how long to keep it on. Thanks!

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      District Sparkle
      Author
      August 13, 2013 / 9:52 am

      Hi Jen,

      It depends what kind of curling iron/wand you’re using because the heat ranges drastically. I would, very carefully, use two fingers to touch the hair on the outside of the barrel to feel if it’s heated all the way through. At that point release the wand & see if that’s the curl that you want. If not, curl that piece again & keep it on a bit longer. Don’t forget heat protectant!

      xx Meaghan

  18. August 21, 2013 / 4:46 pm

    I think it rocks that you use a banana clip. They are the best! I also am wondering how you don’t get a line in your curl from not using the clamp? I have curled by hair this way before and end up with a doofy line… Lame.

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      District Sparkle
      Author
      August 21, 2013 / 4:49 pm

      Banana clips rock! Do you get the line at the top or the bottom? I’ve noticed I get a line at the bottom if I leave too much of the end of the hair off the wand. Make sure to wrap it all the way around. Hope this helps!

      xx Meaghan

  19. December 13, 2013 / 9:51 pm

    First off, I love this Hair! So gorgeous yet casual :) I also had fun reading through your tutorial, so easy going and fun – just like your hair! Keep it up :)