When I first moved to New York, I decided to mark the occasion with a fresh new look: goodbye long locks, hello chic city-ready bob. Sadly, the novelty of this transformation was quick to wear off once I realized that trying to even out my natural hair texture with heat styling left me with ringlets that most American Girl dolls would be envious of. But as it turns out, a simple bit of research on how to curl short hair could have saved me a lot of very bad hair days.
Whether you have pin-straight locks and want to switch up your look, or fine hair that could benefit from a little boost of bouncy volume, try these essential tips and tricks to successfully curl your short hair.
Here are some of our favorite tutorials that can help you curl your short hair, depending on the tools you have at your disposal and your preferred styling routine. Perfectly curly hair is straight ahead.
Yes, it is possible to get the waves of your dreams without heat! Tara Marzuki has perfected the art of heatless waves, and even though she has longer hair, her hair tutorial techniques can be easily replicated to curl short hair:
Why mess with the classics? This styling tool is one of the most foolproof ways to style and curl short hair, and the best choice for someone who’s hair texture is naturally straight, or fine and thin.
If you’re a fan of looser curls or beachy waves, you might want to try using a curling wand to curl your hair for easy hair styling.
As a minimalist with a tiny bathroom, I try to keep my tools to the bare minimum. That’s why I only have a blow dryer and straightener — and when I want to curl my hair, I follow this simple flat iron technique.
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