Tutorial: How I Curl My Hair

I’m at a stage where I’m pretty happy with my hair curling methods, and I’m sometimes asked about how I do it, so here we go! Please note I’m not a hairdresser, I have no formal training for this of any kind, this is all a result of trial and error and practise.

What you’ll need:

  • Sectioning clips
  • Hair rollers of varying sizes; blue is 1.2 inches, pink is 1 inch, yellow is 0.8 inches, grey is 0.6 inches, all purchased from AliExpress (tip: I remove the plastic bars from mine and use duck bill clips to hold them in instead, makes them easier to sleep in)
  • Duck bill clips (only necessary if you remove the plastic bars from your rollers)
  • Flat brush for brushing out
  • Comb for sectioning
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Optional: setting lotion – I use the Lindy Charm School Essential Setting Lotion (available from Kabella Baby) or The Beauty School Dropouts Setting Spray (available from their Facebook page)

Let’s get rolling!

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Step 1

Start with your hair in its natural state, . Day or two old hair is best. Freshly clean hair is not ideal, but it’ll do.

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Step 2

Separate your hair into four sections using the sectioning clips. One either side, one on top and one at the back. Twist your hair into little rolls/buns to make them easier to section away.

Step 3

Step 3

Take out one of the side sections and separate it into two even(ish) sections. Use your comb to get a nice clean line.

Step 4

Step 4

Clip the top section away for now and brush the bottom section.

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Step 5

Very lightly spray this section of your hair, and I mean very lightly. You want the hair slightly damp to touch, but not soaking wet.

Step 6

Step 6

Separate your hair into three even sections, about an inch wide.

Step 7

Only necessary if you have setting spray, but take your section and apply the spray. Comb through to properly coat the hair. Again, you want the hair damp, but not soaking, otherwise it won’t dry properly.

Step 8

Take your smallest roller and place it at the bottom of your hair section. Roll the hair in an upwards direction to create an up curl. When it’s against your head, pin with a duck bill clip or just set with the bar if you have the plastic bars in your rollers.

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Step 9

Repeat steps 5 – 8 for the last two sections of your hair.

Step 10

On to the next section! Unclip the top section you tucked away in step 4. Brush and spray lightly with water.

Step 11

Step 11

Separate your hair into three one inch sections again. Take the first section and spray with setting spray.

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Step 12

Take one of your middle sized rollers to create a side curl. Hold your roller sideways and roll towards your head. Secure with a duck bill clip or with the roller bar.

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Step 13

Repeat steps 11 and 12 with the remaining two sections of your hair.


Step 14

Repeat steps 3 – 13 with the other side of your hair. Quick note, I have two sets of mid-sized rollers, and I used the larger of the two on the same side that I style the top section of my hair towards. If this makes no sense, you’ll get what I mean when we get to the brush out.

Step 15

Take down the back section of your hair and section it vertically, clipping away the top section. Spray the bottom section with water so it’s damp, but not wet to touch, same as the other sections.

Step 16

Using the same up curl technique we talked about in step 8 (don’t forget the setting spray if you have it!), separate your hair intro three small sections (again, about an inch wide) and curl your hair up using the smallest rollers. Do the same to the remaining two sections. You’ll want to clip these curls to your head fairly low down, as that was the style for this era of hairdo to accommodate hats and other hair accessories.

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All the curls in the bottom/back section done up.


Step 17

Using the smallest rollers again, repeat step 16 with the remaining back section.

Top section

Now onto the top section!

Step 18

Separate the top section into two even-ish sections and clip the section closest to your face.


Step 19

Separate this section into two smaller, even sections. Take your biggest rollers, and roll the section towards your head. Clip it/place it securely.

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Step 20

Repeat until you have no more hair to put in rollers.


And you’re done! As this blog post is already wayyyyy longer than I expected, we’ll save the brush out for later this week.


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If you need to go to sleep, chuck on a satin cap to keep your curls in place. Or…

Scarf - night

Take a hair scarf, fold into a triangle. Lay the base of the triangle at the back of your head and tie the corners into a bow at the front over the top corner. My apologies if this makes no sense, I can do a quick tutorial on this another time. This look is perfect for a casual day out or to sleep on at night, just use lots of bobby pins to hold it in place. Or…

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Fold into a thin rectangle, tie a bow either at the top or slightly to the side. This is a cute look for if you need to curl your hair but also need to leave the house.

So what do you think? What’s your preferred hair curling method?

Lots of love,
Mrs Greatnews xx


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