Curl Me: How to Create Curls using GHD Styling Tools

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Continuing this year’s ‘hair’ theme on StyleOnTheCouch, Blog Reader, I’m writing to you about how I create curls in my hair.  I’ve had a lot of questions about my hair since beginning the blog – I have naturally curly locks but they need a little help to achieve the smooth and sleek look that I love.  My relationship with my hair hasn’t always been an easy one.  Straight hair is generally more desired – it’s smooth, shiny and you can use a brush without completely ruining your look.  Curls (and the inevitable frizz that goes with it) are the anomaly.

It was only when I moved to NYC I took more of an interest in styling my hair.  Manhattan ladies are addicted to blow dries and I joined them! It was through going to have my hair done professionally and getting tips from some wonderful stylists that I learned how to create the curls I really wanted.  I love the romantic, wavy, bouncy look – I feel very grown up with curls and waves, and when I’m having a good hair day I certainly feel sexy.

Here is my step by step guide to creating curls using my favourite GHD styling products which I find best for this look:

One: Wash, shampoo, condition and dry your hair.

Wash, shampoo and condition your hair using your favourite products for your hair type.  I was gifted the GHD Air hair dryer at Christmas which I’ve come to love for its ergonomic design and fast drying ability.  It locks moisture in my hair that makes my hair look shiny and reduces frizzing. I tend to finger dry my hair by running my fingers through like a comb, then using a paddle brush which is great for de-tangling.  Before the next step I apply a heat protection spray or serum to protect against damage through further styling.

Two: Divide the hair.

I separate my hair into smaller sections to make the curling part easier.

Three: Curls!

Rather than using a curling tong to create curls, I use my GHD Straightening Iron.  Within each section I create strands of hair that are around one to one and a half inches thick.  Holding the iron at a slight angle, I clamp it over the hair beginning near the head, holding the ends of that section with my other hand.  Move the irons down the hair slightly to the place you want the curls to begin.  And now the tricky part – rotate the styler 180 degrees and continue to move it slowly down to the end of the hair.  (It takes a bit of practice to do this fluidly – you can get a ‘kink’ if you don’t continue the motion….)  At the end, release the irons and use your fingers to twirl your hair in the direction of the newly created curl to emphasise the bounce.  Repeat for each section of your hair.

Four: Protect and finish.

I use a little serum on my newly curled hair to give some shine, and spray with hairspray too to hold the look in place.  If you find your curls are too tight, run your fingers through for a more wavy, relaxed look.

So there you have it, Blog Reader. Loose, bouncy, curly hair.  Any questions leave me a note below.   Curl friends, if you do something different, I’d love to hear that, too!

Have a great weekend, Blog Reader!


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  1. says

    This will sound a bit silly, but I was really hoping you had a trick up your sleeve that would make this easier – I’ve tried a thousand times to get the flat iron curl right and its hopeless; I always end up with kinks in my hair :( I really admire you for being able to do this so well and so consistently – I always thought you used a curling iron!

    • sarah says

      Ah Cee I’m sorry I couldn’t shed any more light on the issue for you! Are you sure to hold the end of the section of the hair as you rotate the irons? Because that’s the part that helped me ensure I was getting the curl kink free. Failing that I’ll just have to come back to Paris and bring my irons with me for a fun lesson :-)

  2. says

    Where would with be without GHDs? I would be lost! For years and years now I have relied on them and they have never let me down. I want to try the hairdryer sometime.

    I much prefer loose curls on girls; far sexier and classy than straight hair. You’re right there is also something romantic about them.

    Hair product wise I am loving Frederik Fekkai shampoo and conditioner, Moroccan Oil, Frederik Fekkai glossing creme (or Bumble and bumble texture hair(un)dressing creme if I want something a bit more gritty).

  3. Sneha says

    Thank you so much for this post. Any suggestions on which heat protecting serum and hairspray (the ones I have tried so far all make my hair sticky) to use? I am in the US so brands that are easily available here would be helpful.

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