DIY: curly locks

26th July, 2011
ever since my hair’s gotten long enough for me to wear curly, i’ve been getting a ton of questions about how exactly i achieve those spiraled tresses. to follow is my not-so-secret’s worth first noting that, if left alone to its own natural devices, my hair looks like this:

before curling it, i begin by pinning the top half up. i divide the pinned parts into three chunks: left, right and back (each of which will be attended to individually). i use CLIPS SIMILAR TO THESE:

using THIS CURLING IRON, i begin curling the left side. i always leave the tips of my hair outside the curling iron’s clamp (in other words, i start the curl about 1″ in on each length of hair). always curl towards the back of the head:

i do the right side the same way, always curling toward center back:

next, i let down the clip holding the top layer of hair on my left side. i curl it in small sections, still rolling each toward the back:

then, i let down the back clip and curl that section. things can get a little awkward here, but practice makes perfect:

at this point, i use my fingers to brush out / muss up what’s already curled, then apply a generous mist of hairspray (just about any brand will do):

finally, i do the right / front section. here especially, make sure to remove the curling iron in the direction of each curl. it helps set the shape as the heat is slowly released:

another rigorous finger-combing, another coat of hairspray…

…and i’m done!!
  • Emily

    Such a cute and fresh hairstyle! Thanks for sharing your secret formula!
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  • Mrs. C

    This is such a fun hairstyle for the summer and it looks so good on you! Not too many people can rock the short hair!! Love it!
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  • .

    You make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  • pancakeSTACKER

    You do make it look easy! If only my hair were this easy to tame and conquer!


  • JU

    Very pretty! Great tutorial and I love your hair.

  • Mariel Villanueva

    Excellent tutorial. Looks so easy — but I know it takes lots of practice! You look great!

  • FairyFiligree

    seems pretty simple & easy to do. thanks for sharing. would you care to do a post about how to organise your closet/wardrobe? I always wonder how somebody who has so many clothes manages to keep organised. thanks again for the time and professionalis, you dedicate to your blog. have a great day

  • The Polka Leopard

    it looks great curly! x

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  • La Petite Olga

    Such a great hair style!! Waiting for my hair to get long enough so I can make big waves!!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Indiana Munn

    I always have trouble curling my hair but after reading your how to guide I'm feeling up to giving it another try for my date night tonight. Thanks so much!

  • Hillary

    You look gorgeous! I love it straight or curly. Thanks for sharing!

  • s

    Gorgeous… love it 😉
    I make the same thing hihihi


  • evolV

    This is so cute! *Your hair looks really cute straight too!!

  • The doll on fashion

    You make it look and sound so easy! It looks gorgeous though!

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  • Yasmeen

    Awww. It's so sweet. Although, I must say, I think the style in the second image is really pretty on you (with the hair just pinned back). If I didn't have a crappy forehead, I'd rock that look all the time 😛

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  • Ginta

    Easy & beautiful! Thank you for sharing! Now I just need to grow out my hair for few inches.

  • Gawgus things…

    I've never known anyone's hair look as gorgeous as yours does whilst they're growing it out! I've been trying to do the same but have looked no where near as glam as you 🙂 Bizarrely, I think my hair looks longer when I've curled it…xx

  • Anonymous

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  • avin

    With curry hair you look a little bitlike keira knightely:-) means reaaly beautifuly:-)

  • Peppe

    it looks so cute on you 🙂

  • Anonymous

    lovely look! thanks for sharing the tip!
    i always love your styling! <3 from japan

  • Lens & anything Else

    thank you for the advice…I'll try it soon:)!

  • Elly the Owl

    Gorgeous! It is so much clearer than some of the youtube's how to's! Seriously! You know, if you like curls but don't want the hassle of using curling iron every day, you should try Korean digital perm. I know some people avoid having perms nowadays but this type of perms really look natural & it's so easy to style. I also find it easier to straighten my hair than curling it. 😉

  • Anonymous

    If only my hair would listen to me! 🙂 anyhow, thank you for the "secret"

  • The Fancy Teacup

    Your hair always looks so beautiful and effortlessly chic! Thanks for sharing how to style your hair, girl!

    ♥, Jamie

  • girl&bird

    you are so beautiful!

    Annah xx

  • jessica january

    very cute! love the photography
    january, x

  • Gina Michele

    Love your hair both ways!
    Gorgeous series of pics!

    ♥ Gina Michele

  • Jazzy

    Oh how I wish I could pull off short hair as well as you do! Very cute yet chic!


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  • vonKatze

    You are such an angelinajolie-ish cutie pie. :3

  • Lisa Griffin

    i love the not to so perfect curls!

  • christinerojas

    cute! i love your hair both ways!

  • Naghmeh

    you make short hair look so glamorous and when I have short hair I look about 12 yrs old…oh well.
    you look beautiful with short hair and ps. has anyone ever told you, you look like Jessica Stroup? the first time I saw your blog I thought she had started a blog! lol

  • Collections

    Love this tutorial.

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  • Lace and Tulle

    love how you did your tutorial!

  • Style Dilettante

    That's the only way I can achieve curl and body too!! Only problem is – when I go to the beach the moisture in the air deflates me like a balloon!!!

  • pryqf

    THAAAAAAANKS SO MUUCH! I have a haircut inspired on yours and I asked for the tutorial on twitter…. This si gonna become so handy!! 😀

  • Katy Kim

    Have people told you that you look like Jessica Stroup from Beverly Hills 90210? If no, well you do! and that's good 🙂 you both are gorgeous. and I love the curls! bad thing that I have long hair so THAT look will not happen to me.. keep up! xo, Katy

  • Caitlin

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, I had been wondering how to get this look.

  • Michelle Lee

    wow so love your hairstyle!

  • C’est La Viii

    Your hair is so pretty! Any way you wear it 😉

  • Anonymous

    please no pouting! you look great.

  • One Chic Dame

    I have curly hair that I used to have cut into a bob and have since been trying to grow out. However, every time I read your blog you inspire me to go short again.

  • Nikki

    Thanks for the great DIY tips! I always have the hardest time making curled hair look fresh and not overdone. I can't wait to give your method a go!

  • Sing

    Very pretty.

  • Diana

    you are so pretty!!! and totally inspiring me to cut my long hair super short 🙂 xo

  • Caitie

    you make it look/seem so easy… I am just useless when it comes to doing hair :). I love the curly locks… so reminiscent of the 20's.


  • Anonymous

    Where did you find that face vase? It is so cool!

  • Frutastica

    I love it!!! Gonna try it tonight.

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  • fattygirl218

    you remind of Jessica stroup a little, beautiful!

  • Mad For Fashion…For Less

    Beautiful…. Thanks for sharing! I will try it tonight too!

  • Her Persona

    short hair suits u. and cute as look

  • vanda

    you are SO beautiful…on the BEFORE pic and the AFTER!!!!!

  • Katie

    Do you use the 3/4 inch curling iron?


  • kristina@beancakes ❤

    such an awesome tutorial ~ thanks!! i love how you incorporated the before and after words too!
    xo ~ kristina

  • monkeyshines ♥

    gorgeous hairstyle!


  • Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise

    Super cute! Love the length of your hair right now!

  • Martaaa

    the hairstyle looks effortlessly chic;) very, very nice end result:) but your hair from before also looks very nice!

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  • Leonie

    Nice hair! Love those bracelets combined 🙂
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  • sequinharvest

    Love the hair!! I LOVED you stylelikeu interview!


    so cute!! I love this I needed to learn how to do this, you're beautiful!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much, I was one of the folks that had inquired about this. It looks lovely either way.

  • Ashley

    u need to do more stuff like this

  • yvo

    nice post, thanks for sharing!

  • Mom (Míriam)

    I like both ways, straight and curly. I only prefer this color instead of the blond of the begining of the blog, as I told you before.

  • The Style Spook

    Really simple. Now, I should try mine. I think I shall for my themed Birthday Party tomorrow. Makes complete sense. Thanks for this helpful post. I hope my fine hair will hold the curl. I may need to kick it old school with the aqua net. Oh boy! Yuck.

  • GM

    you're beautiful!


  • Prêt-à-Penser

    Awesome post, you look amazing and it's a fresh and classy touch!


  • Audrey

    Love this! I do the same thing!

  • The Eye Behind the Detail

    Adorable! i will definitely be trying this as my hair is about the same length and just as straight. Thanks for the tip!

  • Leah

    You make me want short hair!!! Absolutely love both looks on you. 🙂

  • Bravoe Runway

    Beautiful! I wish I could do something like that to my hair but it is so damn thick that I'd be curling it until the year 3000!

  • Tomines hjem

    oh my.. sooo cute.. just found your blog.. love it!!

    hugs from Norway♥♥♥

  • Valentine

    Those pictures are really nice…
    Very interesting the way you do your hair…

    Even though with my afro it will be quite hard to imitate 😉

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  • Lou

    Thank for the step by step. Your hair is lovely.

  • jeaneg

    You know what Kelly? Cut it all off. short hair is really you.

  • Helena

    cuuuute! (omg, my word verification word is "chicie"!)


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    You may hate this but then you may get this all the time but your resemblence to Angelina Jolie is striking. Sorry, maybe it's just my eyes! Gorgeous!

  • Erica

    Great tutorial, thank you! I have the same curling iron btw.

  • Vani

    You look great with curls!


  • Sofia

    Fabulous, as usual.

  • *Sooz*

    I love it so much 😉

  • Paola

    I love how you look with straight hair;) However you look nice with curly hair!

  • Maggie ☮

    Looks quite chic 🙂

  • wdmk

    superduper cute!


  • MikalaFashion by Kalina

    you look gorgeous, beautiful hairstyle! love your blog and follow from now 🙂 greetings 🙂

  • Discount Furniture Santa Monica

    I have recently tried curling both sides towards the back (away from my face) and I really like that.

  • Raspberry and Rouge

    Looks so super cute! XO Rebecca

  • A Glamour Soldier

    I think you are the MOST beautiful woman that I've ever seen. You have this natural elegance like Grace Kelly in pictures. You are like a gorgeous painting that I could admire all day. Okay, I'm sounding like a stalker but I'm not, I'm just in awe of your beauty.

    Back to the hair, I really appreciate this hair tutorial for shorter hair. I have found that most tutorials are for long hair. I think the trick is not curling the ends, I'm going to give that a try. I always end up with a too curly look and I just want waves like yours.

    Thanks again!
    Jen Glamour

  • Anonymous

    I love your hair! What salon do you recommend in NYC?

  • Kirsten

    Thank you so much! I’ve had soo many problems trying to curl my short hair and this made it all easier. thank you 🙂

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    after or before , you are always beautiful…

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  • Janine

    Can you tell us the barrel size of the curling iron you used? I clicked on the link and it said 4 grams???? Thanks.

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  • Leslie

    Is your hair fine textured? I have the same cut and would love to try this. My hair is fine, although I have lots of it!

  • Haz

    Nice curls. I didn’t know one can have nice locks for short hair. You did a great job there. Great site!

  • My Hair Care

    Your hair is already looking gorgeous before styling. But the curls definitely helped to give a more chic and edgy vibe to this hair. Only a few people can rock this hairstyle, but you certainly did. Thanks for sharing!

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