Hair Curling Tutorial With a GHD Flat Iron

So Angela from BeautyBlogged asked me to do a quick tutorial on hair curling, and here is is! I love curling my hair for nights out. It’s such a feminine look and easy to do.

Firstly, my hair is difficult to curl. It is straight in every picture you see of me because straight is all it does. I’ve tried setting sprays, velcro curlers, hot rollers, curling irons of various sorts, and none of them hold curl in my hair for more than an hour. The only thing I’ve tried that works is the GHD Flat Iron.

So, Exhibit A. Me with my usual, straight hair, and glasses off because that only complicates things. Hair is washed and ready to go.

Make sure your hair is completely dry before you use a flat iron on it or the heat will boil your hair.

I don’t bother with heat protecting sprays. With the amount of heat that’s coming out of the GHD, nothing’s really going to protect your hair effectively, so just use the GHD infrequently instead.

I’ve got quite a lot of hair, so the GHD has definitely got its work cut out.

Firstly, I part my hair from the top of both ears ’round to the back. I did have one of those grabby clip things, but I can’t find it so I’m just using hair ties here.

Brush through this section of hair. I’m using a Tangle Teezer, but just use whatever you have.

Grab a small section of hair. The thicker the section, the looser the curl will be.

Brush through the section.

Apply the GHD to the hair.

Clamp it.

Then rotate the GHD 180 degrees either towards or away from you, and drag it through the section in this position.

The speed at which you drag it has an impact on the curl: faster, and the curl is loose; slower, and the curl is tighter.

And this is more or less how it turns out.

Keep curling sections of hair until they are all done.

Spray and scrunch with hairspray. I use Elnett because it’s lightweight and can be brushed out easily, even when you’ve applied a lot.

Let out your hair and take a second parting from both temples ’round to the back.

Tie up you hair again and start curling the straight sections of hair that have fallen onto the curls below.

Take a small section, brush it, and then curl as before.

You may like to twist the section of hair around after you curl it. I know my hairdresser does this for every curl! It just helps to ‘set’ the curl. This is up to you though.

Keep curling sections until everything is curly! Spray with hairspray.

Then let out the final section and start curling. Be sure not to drag your hair down, but curl each piece up and away from the scalp to create a little volume.

Spray the whole lot with hair spray.

It should end up looking a bit like the photo above.

Now, because I like lots of bounce and volume, when my curls have cooled, I brush through them all.

It will go all floofy like this.

In order to achieve nice soft curls *and* volume, I spray and scrunch hairspray into my hair.

Keep doing this until you get the right amount of curl definiton and hold for you. Personally, I like to do this at least four times, and using Elnett means that you don’t get any product build-up in your hair.

Yay, volume and curls!

To make it last for a second day, jut pin your hair into a topknot before you go to bed. In the morning just brush it out, then spray and scrunch a few times, and you’re good to go!





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14 Responses to Hair Curling Tutorial With a GHD Flat Iron

  1. Angela says:

    Such a fantastic post. Thank you so much for doing it!
    Your hair looks amazing. Even in the before pic. lol


  2. Dempeaux says:

    @Angela No problem! I hope it’s helpful hun xx

  3. Jade says:

    Lurve, I can’t wait to get my mitts on on some hair electricals 🙂

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @Jade Your hair would look AMAZING curled 🙂

  5. Haute Style says:

    OMG I can’t believe how much your hair has grown! So amazing!

    Love this tutorial! SO GOOD!

    I wonder if you can GHD sheepies hair? Hmm….

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @HauteStyle Actually, I was quite shocked when I looked at the picture too! That hair tonic is working a treat! I think GHD sheepie wool would be awesome 😀

  7. Sarah I think you have magic hair. Magic. I can never get my hair to curl with the straightening irons, and I have these GhD too. Maybe I need to perfect the technique. I do however have some heater rollers that work really well, remind me to give you the name sometime. I also have a curling iron that I think works brilliantly – not that you need it because you’re doing perfectly here, but if you’re interested then tweet me! Great tutorial (will be trying this tomorrow morning!)

  8. Dempeaux says:

    @StyleOnTheCouch Perhaps you need more intense heat on your hair than mine? Perhaps move the GHD through your hair more slowly, and take smaller sections? Gah, I’m sure you’ve explored all this yourself anyway! I’d love the name of your heated rollers; I’ve never had any luck with those at all. Good luck! 🙂

  9. Jen W says:

    I love the soft curls you’ve achieved here, and your colour! I use my GHD as well- it’s the only thing that will create long lasting curls in my hair too- so worth the investment.

    Love that nautical top you’ve got on

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @Jen Thankyou! Sounds like your hair is very similar to mine! The top is a Gina Tricot number from Ebay. Definitely do a seach for some of the other bits and pieces available 🙂

  11. Dempeaux says:

    @StyleOnTheCouch Thankyou! Happy Christmas! xx

  12. chicmcmuffin says:

    Wish I have the dexterity and patience to do this. I’m going to try the hot rollers instead and cross my fingers!

  13. Dempeaux says:

    @chicMcmuffin If I can do it, you definitely can! I have no co-ordination 😉

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