The Hair-Curling Secret That Makes Me Look Famous

Get out your curling iron AND your flat iron.
Publish date:
July 29, 2013
How-To, wavy hair, long hair, messy hair, curls, Olsen twins, straighteners

I hate how I look with my hair curled. I used to straighten my hair in middle school and high school. I’d wake up, shower, blowdry my hair, and then straighten it.

It took about an hour and a half every morning, but I thought my hair looked better straight because every time my mom curled it, I looked so formal and not very me. I just felt like I was about to enter a baby beauty pageant. The girls at school had cutesy ponytails and naturally straight hair and looked like they belonged on a Babysitters’ Club cover; and when my mom would curl my hair, insisting it was gorgeous, I’d look like JonBenet Ramsey.

Even now, when my friends say something dumb like, “OMG how are you doing your hair tonight? I think I’m gonna curl mine!” (like there are only two options: straighten or curl…) I can’t understand why they would curl their entire head for a night out. Curled hair just doesn’t scream fun Saturday at a bar to me. But maybe I was doing it wrong?

It really irks me when you see some really hot actress with effortless, loose bohemian curls and a magazine tells you that the way to get these curls is with some texturizer and a big barrel iron, because as I said above, whenever I curl my hair with any kind of iron, it looks so formal and done. The way famous people are curling their hair these days looks much more natural and fresh. I don’t want it to look like I put work into my hair.

Enter this amazing trick.

One day, I read a tip somewhere about straightening your ends after curling your hair for a different look and I thought, OK, whatever, might as well. AND GOOD THING I DID because now I do my hair like this all the time and get compliments like crazy from other ladies when I do. It doesn’t look stuffy at all. I feel like a pretty badass bitch with my hair done like this.

It’s my favorite style to wear when I actually wake up in time to do it and gives me that bohemian, I-really-didn’t-try-even-though-this-took-20-minutes look. I honestly think this a perfect style to wear anywhere. You can be doing laundry or at a star-studded event (which I’ve never been to, but Blake Lively would def be envious of my hair for a change if I did go to one and did my hair like this).


The first thing I do is wash my hair and let it air-dry. While it’s wet, I spray in some Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri Wheat Leave-In Conditioner (my favorite ever) and use a tiny bit of the Organix Moroccan Smooth Blow Out Cream. Even though we aren’t doing a blow dry, I find my hair is still much smoother and styles are much easier to do if I have a little bit of this in my hair.

Once it’s dry, I brush it out. It’s much easier to get the tangles out before curling so you don’t brush out all of your new curls once you’re done. I also slap some heat-protecting serum through the ends. Right now I’m using Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Serum.

Before I start the whole curling process, I like to hair spray my whole head. I do this before, I spray a little bit during, and then after, too. Please don’t ever light me on fire.

My spray of choice is Aussie Miraculously Smooth 12 hour anti-humidity spray. It’s a really light spray but has a lot of holding power and won’t make your hair feel crunchy. Once I’m serumed and sprayed, I’m ready to go.

I’m using a one-inch curling iron here, and I use it on the highest setting. My hair is really thick and coarse, so lower settings don’t really hold for me. I don’t recommend the hottest for everyone, though: start low and work your way up until you find what works.

For this style, I curl my hair two different ways. For the first way, I take one-ish inch sections and wrap them around the barrel of the iron. I wrap away from my face and try really hard not the burn my fingers. I hold it there for about 15 seconds and then let go. The curls don’t have to be perfect here, so don’t stress about the size of your sections. We are going for messy-hot.

I do this for most of the sections, but for some of them, I do the traditional clamp and curl method because my arms get tired and I think it looks better if the curls aren’t all the exact same shape and style.

However, I am still always curling away from my face no matter which curling method I do.

Once you’ve done your entire head, you are probably looking Glamour-shotty. If that’s the look you love, then yay, you’re done! But it’s not what I want.

So next, I turn on my straightener. I use a normal one-inch flat iron from FHI, but honestly, any model will do. Then I just go through my hair and straighten the ends. I move about a quarter of the way up the hair sections, but you can play around with this; and remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect. Sometimes I do really big two-inch sections just to smooth it all out and get done faster.

When you’ve straightened all of your ends, you’re almost at the finish line. The last steps are to do a final spritz of hairspray and then a few spritzes of glossing spray. I like Aussie Spray Gloss because it gives me a lot of shine (also, if you can’t tell, I LOVE Aussie products because they are cheap, smell good and get the job done.)

Boho chic, right? This style+maxi dress=instant hot. But you can also wear it with ANYTHING else and people will say, “OMG, your hair looks so good! How did you do it?!?” And you say, “Oh I just took a shower and let it dry. I guess it does this naturally. POOR ME, RIGHT?!”

What do you guys think? Have you ever tried this before? Do you have any hair curling secrets I need to know?