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 strategy.it’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!!
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10784551885561431730 Emily

    Such a cute and fresh hairstyle! Thanks for sharing your secret formula!
    -Emily (from bellishment.blogspot.com)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18265420991342432233 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!

    http://www.MrsCapretta.com
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  • .

    You make it look so easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13794883368958596630 pancakeSTACKER

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

    xoxo!
    http://pancakeSTACKER.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14859793771192456220 JU

    Very pretty! Great tutorial and I love your hair.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14876642970706930637 Mariel Villanueva

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01510679220884107437 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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06834508402591645303 The Polka Leopard

    it looks great curly! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06817440115036704641 Brittany Matthews
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00922493231790791173 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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06985596282813231194 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!

    http://www.toindigo.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13340220316930238633 Hillary

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

    http://thoreausdaughter.blogspot.com/

  • http://magmoiselle.fr s

    Gorgeous… love it ;)
    I make the same thing hihihi

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  • evolV

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

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14115332819260373295 The doll on fashion

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

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17421347098225672822 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 :P

    Yasmeen
    Castle Fashion

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12016423757664732777 Ginta

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05665923494721652626 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

    Hello dear Kelly! I've been following your blog from Portugal for such a long time now, but this is the first time I'm writing. I adore your blog, but mostly your style – which is what in reality makes the Glamourai happen! ;)Besides being very beautiful, you're also very talented and creative and you have a natural born sense of stlyle/ fashion that is unique and I admire you a lot. I wish you the very best for your blog and your life and dare to ask you to show us in more detail your bathroom, that I'm pretty sure is as beautiful and elegantly decorated as the rest of your house. kisses, peaches

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06350815127095452839 Michelle’s Style File

    Simply beautiful!

    x
    Michelle
    http://www.michellesstylefile.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05260321260851801251 marcella
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17767812566604699308 avin

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06186118567108703663 Peppe

    it looks so cute on you :)

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  • Anonymous

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10574863655608252815 Lens & anything Else

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

    http://lensanythingelse.blogspot.com/

  • http://theowlutopia.com 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"

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14227790770455857624 The Fancy Teacup

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

    ♥, Jamie
    http://www.TheFancyTeacup.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18101439732844441677 girl&bird

    you are so beautiful!

    Annah xx

    girlandbird.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14548517494434374923 jessica january

    very cute! love the photography
    january, x
    jessicajanuary.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15376356878120105071 Gina Michele

    Love your hair both ways!
    Gorgeous series of pics!

    ♥ Gina Michele
    CrochetClouds.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00654775959062211467 Jazzy

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

    x http://jazzandcocktails.blogspot.com/

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13537557758002207158 vonKatze

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04833874587061441389 Lisa Griffin

    i love the not to so perfect curls!
    http://www.indramaticfashion.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10260929257743466500 christinerojas

    cute! i love your hair both ways!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09577465864822977298 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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18359692445710227141 Collections

    Love this tutorial.

    Fashionable Collections

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15784130387081540515 Lace and Tulle

    love how you did your tutorial!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17926676963361210046 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!!!

    http://inherentstylela.blogspot.com/

  • 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!! :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13501947896515848708 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

  • http://amusebouche-caitlin.blogspot.com/ Caitlin

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12347329353442093349 Michelle Lee

    wow so love your hairstyle!

    pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08518329813713039329 C’est La Viii

    Your hair is so pretty! Any way you wear it ;)

    http://www.cestlaviii.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    please no pouting! you look great.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13671414242796970066 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.

    http://www.onechicdame.com
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15825578716168335522 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!

    http://www.cositabella.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14018563090154607266 Sing

    Very pretty.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18234429821917572004 Diana

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

    http://dressedupallligators.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04750934444442772717 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.

    xxx
    http://www.ladyalamode.com

  • Anonymous

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04935167831463247736 Frutastica

    I love it!!! Gonna try it tonight.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11251821410048472245 Megan

    Gorgeous!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03444197461875867329 fattygirl218

    you remind of Jessica stroup a little, beautiful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06127812251811714658 Mad For Fashion…For Less

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15664502134805475932 Her Persona

    short hair suits u. and cute as look

    http://www.herpersona.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13348538467911825847 vanda

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01716566338216801619 Katie

    Do you use the 3/4 inch curling iron?

    Thanks!

  • http://beancakes.wordpress.com/ kristina@beancakes ❤

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05226243830970581304 monkeyshines ♥

    gorgeous hairstyle!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11395262903877812551 Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02396844930191693866 Martaaa

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

    An Interesting Distraction

  • http://simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com/ simplychicforcheap

    so cute! love it!

    xo jeanette

    http://www.simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10312408733555420268 Leonie

    Nice hair! Love those bracelets combined :-)

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  • http://sequinharvest.com/ sequinharvest

    Love the hair!! I LOVED you stylelikeu interview!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05359487128946293599 SAMANTHA

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

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

  • Anonymous

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11519884084613665286 Ashley

    u need to do more stuff like this

    http://www.postmodernrunway.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01915301502681425552 yvo

    nice post, thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08643113330246564793 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.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04987908098132123033 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.
    http://stylespook.blogspot.com/
    xo-Brooke

  • http://galacticmauve.blogspot.com GM

    you're beautiful!

    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10513910887708533160 Prêt-à-Penser

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

    xx
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09606827280456842787 Audrey

    Love this! I do the same thing!

    http://www.casualglamorous.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05896943075888739935 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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18029729132746431762 Leah

    You make me want short hair!!! Absolutely love both looks on you. :)
    http://pastelsandwhite.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10742697015152576035 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!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14605570637924975654 Tomines hjem

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

    hugs from Norway♥♥♥
    Veronica

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02527697327680327156 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 ;)

    Diary Of a Fashion Stylist…
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15588686321856705154 Lou

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

    http://thekeypieces.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09273409331065224013 jeaneg

    You know what Kelly? Cut it all off. short hair is really you.
    http://www.les-femmes-aux-cheveux-courts.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13930366401003749503 Helena

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

    x histoiresdunboudoir.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17958366929399604669 Baby Budget Blog

    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!

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  • Erica

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13555338365629174476 Vani

    You look great with curls!
    xoxo

    Thedressingbooth

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12024433132639497570 Sofia

    Fabulous, as usual.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07895997821021203718 *Sooz*

    I love it so much ;)

  • Paola

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05479660870779798748 Maggie ☮

    Looks quite chic :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01129188340660742081 wdmk

    superduper cute!

    wen

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09859192703601746802 MikalaFashion by Kalina

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

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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15848228991056695673 Raspberry and Rouge

    Looks so super cute! XO Rebecca

    http://raspberry-rouge.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01994684680805422473 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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  • far from

    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!

    Abby of http://www.myhaircare.com.au/blog

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