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Want to know how to curl medium length hair? I’ll show you exactly how I do my own loose curls on medium length hair in this post and video hair tutorial. It’s quick and easy, even if you have never done it before!
Medium length hair is in style right now and there are lots of ways to style it. You can curl it, create beach waves, or wear it straight! In this post, I’ll show you how to do loose curls on medium length hair.
- Tools & Styling Products You’ll Need:
- How to do Loose Curls for Medium Length Hair:
- 1. Separate strands into 1″ sections.
- 2. Clamp the curling iron in the middle of the strand and roll towards the scalp.
- 3. Untwist the strand from the curling iron and slide the ends out.
- 4. Alternate curling away from your face and towards your face.
- 5. Curl all the hair around your face away.
- 6. Brush it out and add texture spray.
- Watch the Video Hair Tutorial:
- Quick Tips:
- 1. Use a curling iron with a clamp, not a curling wand.
- 2. Use texture spray instead of regular hairspray.
- 3. Don’t brush out the curls until they are completely cool.
- 4. Only curl dry hair.
- 5. Practice makes perfect!
- Final thoughts:
Tools & Styling Products You’ll Need:
- 1″ curling iron (with a clamp, not a curling wand) I use this one
- Texture Spray I use this one.
- Dry shampoo (optional) get it here.
- Brush this one is my fav!
- Clip or hair ties I use these
Bonus: I also recommend touse a heat protectant like this one when curling your hair. I ran out so I didn’t use it today.
How to do Loose Curls for Medium Length Hair:
You can also us a flat iron to curl your hair, but my favorite way to curl my newly short hair is with my 1″ curling iron from Hot Tools. A few months ago I went from having long hair with 22″ extensions, took them off, and cut of 8″ of hair to this medium length just past my collar bone!
I’ve been loving my medium hair length and this curl hairstyle is my favorite way (and quickest way) to style it. Follow this loose curls tutorial and get gorgeous waves and beautiful hair in no time!
1. Separate strands into 1″ sections.
First, section off your hair and separate strands to curl into 1″ pieces. If your hair is on the thinner side, you can go a little bigger. I have pretty average hair so I use 1″ sections.
Alternatively, if you have thick hair, you may need to take smaller sections.
2. Clamp the curling iron in the middle of the strand and roll towards the scalp.
Next, take a section of hair and clamp the curling iron in the middle of the of the strand. Then twist the curling iron towards your scalp.
Your hair only needs to be on the iron for a few seconds so after you’ve rolled it towards the top, loosen the clamp slightly and slide down the hair shaft, leaving the ends out, and roll it all up again.
3. Untwist the strand from the curling iron and slide the ends out.
After holding the hair in the iron for about 3-5 seconds, don’t unclamp the hair. Instead, untwist or unwrap the hair from the iron by pulling the iron away from your head.
Let the twisted part that is off the iron sit for a second then untwist a little more, then finally pull and slide the ends through the iron.
You don’t want to curl the ends, just shape them slightly so they aren’t going too crazy.
4. Alternate curling away from your face and towards your face.
For short and medium length hair, when you curl every strand in the same direction, it came make it look like one big curl that gets all tangled together. It’s definitely not a hairstyle I reccomend.
So to avoid this, alternate the direction you curl each strand from away from your face to towards your face. Back and forth as you go to keep the strands separate.
5. Curl all the hair around your face away.
With the last few strands of hair at the front of your face, curl all of those away from your face.
I like the look of curls going away so if you alternate the direction of the curls for the rest of your head but keep it away at the front you can achieve that same style while still avoiding one big ringlet.
6. Brush it out and add texture spray.
Finally, the last step is to add some texture spray to the hair to hold the curls and add volume, and brush out the curls.
Brushing out the curls is what will give you those loose, lived in curls that you want!
Watch the Video Hair Tutorial:
Watch the video hair tutorial for these loose curls for medium length hair to see the process in action and more details!
1. Use a curling iron with a clamp, not a curling wand.
Using a curling iron with a clamp, not just a curling wand or curling rod is the key to this curling method. You’d be surprised how different the curls look when curling hair using the clamp vs just using your fingers to hold the haif.
If these are the curls you want, you definitely need a curling iron with a clamp! This one is my favorite.
2. Use texture spray instead of regular hairspray.
Adding some texture spray to the hair before you curl it is a great way to keeping the curls in place. I always forget to do it before so I’ve defaulted to after.
Also using a texturizing spray vs a regular hairspray will hold the curls and doesn’t make your hair feel stiff or crunchy.
3. Don’t brush out the curls until they are completely cool.
If you brush out the curls while they are still warm, they will fall out. So wait until they are completely cool before you start to brush them out.
4. Only curl dry hair.
This is a dry curl method, so you should only curl hair that is completely dry. If your hair is wet, the curls will fall out as soon as you start to brush them out leaving you with straight hair.
It can also make your hair super frizzy. So make sure to completely dry your hair before you start curling it.
5. Practice makes perfect!
The more you do these loose curls, the better you will get at it. And if it’s your first time trying, don’t worry, it’s not as hard as it seems! Just follow these tips and watch the video tutorial and you’ll have beautiful curls in no time!
I hope you enjoyed this post on how to do loose curls for medium length hair! If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below in the comments or dm me on Instagram at @CassScroggins. And don’t forget to follow along for mom life and more tips and tricks like this!
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