How Do You Curl Straight Hair?

To curl straight hair, wash the hair, apply product, and dry waves into the hair. Make the waves tighter by curling the hair with a curling iron and finishing with a light-hold hairspray.

  1. Wash the hair

    Wash your hair, and use conditioner. Don't let the conditioner sit too long since over-conditioned hair does not hold a curl well.

  2. Apply product

    Blot the hair dry with an absorbent towel. Apply a texturizing product, such as hair mousse, to the roots. Spray the rest of the hair with a thermal protector.

  3. Blow-dry the hair

    Set the blow-dryer to high air and low heat. Comb through the hair with your fingers while blow-drying. Continue until the hair is 85 percent dry.

  4. Use a round brush to finish drying

    Set the blow dryer to high heat and low air. Divide the hair into three sections. Aim the nozzle of the blow dryer down your hair shaft, and roll the brush over each strand of hair. Blow the hair with a cool shot of air for several seconds. Repeat until all the hair is dry.

  5. Separate the hair

    Divide the hair into four even sections. Clip the top and nape out of the way.

  6. Curl the hair

    Warm up a curling iron, and use a small curling iron if you want tight curls. Start curling the nape section while holding the iron vertically. Hold the curling iron in place for a few seconds after rolling the hair into it, and spray each section with a light-hold hairspray. Alternate the direction of the curls.

  7. Finish the style

    After curling each section of hair, turn your head upside-down. Shake your curls to loosen up the hairstyle. Finish the style with a spritz of hairspray.