How To – Curl Your Hair With A Straightener

How To - Curl Hair With A Straightener

My first video of 2015…it’s been a while since I filmed my last YouTube video, so forgive me if I’m a little bit rusty.  This particular ‘How To’ video has been requested by a lot my blog readers (and especially Twitter followers) – ask, and you shall receive.  You guys know how much I love curling my hair, and I own quite a number of styling tools but this video is for all the ladies who have a hair straightener lying around at home & don’t have the extra cash to spend on a curling iron or curling wand.

Remember, you can use any hair straightening iron…it doesn’t have to be a ghd but just make sure the edges of the heating plates are rounded.

I think most of the ‘How To Curl Your Hair Using A Straightening Iron’ videos on YouTube make it look a lot more difficult than it actually is, some of the girls go in from all these weird angles and it looks very confusing.  I also struggled to get the hang of the ‘technique’ in the beginning, but then I sat down and thought about it logically:  Basically you want to curl the sections of hair away from your face (the curls and finished hair style looks more natural that way), that means you want to twist the straightener away from your face as well, right?  It’s much easier holding the straightener vertical / parallel with your head, making sure the open ends (am I the only one that thinks a straightener looks like a crocodile?) are facing upwards.  If you are still confused, don’t fret – the ‘How To’ tutorial below will show you exactly how I do it (just click on the image below and it will take you through to my video).

Remember to watch the video in 480p or 720p quality (once the video is playing, you can change it by clicking on the gear icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the video, and selecting your preferred quality) because the video looks more crisp & detailed when you watch in a higher quality.

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As mentioned in the video, curling your hair with a straightening iron will make your curls last a lot longer than curling them with a normal curling iron (especially if you have fine hair like me).  Another reason why I like using a straightener to curl my hair sometimes, is because it means all those baby fly-away hairs are getting straightened and smoothed over.

And the most important reason why knowing how to curl your hair with a flat iron will benefit you, is because when you go on holiday, you’ll only have to take ONE hair styling tool along with you.  You don’t have to take a curling iron and a straightener with you.  Now you can achieve curls, waves or a sleek & straight style with just one hair tool.


♥  We are using a heated hair tool, so a thermal protectant is always a good idea.  My current favourite is the Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press aerosol spray, mentioned in my ‘Best Of Beauty – Hair Care Edition’ blog post here.

♥  The bigger the sections of hair that you take each time, the more wavy the curls will look.  The smaller the sections are, the tighter the curls will be.

♥  You can use a wide plate straightener (like this one here) to curl your hair BUT it will give you loose waves, not curls.

♥  Apply enough pressure to keep the section of hair between the heated plates of the flat iron, but don’t clamp down too hard as you will start tugging at the hair (stop & go down the section) and this will create horizontal marks / lines.

♥  Always brush through your curls (once they’ve cooled down) and then add a post-styling hair oil (I mentioned my current favourite one here), this will give both volume and shine to the hair.  I also LOVE the Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray.

♥  If you’re going to be using a heated hair styling tool often, then give your hair a good hair treatment once a week.  Make a pamper day out of it (I usually do this on Sundays), you can use coconut oil, or a hair mask like the Dove Nourishing Oil Care Deep Repair Treatment Mask, or Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask – I sometimes leave them on my hair for an hour.

You can read this blog post here for additional tips & tricks when it comes to a hair straightener.

Getting the technique right can be a bit tricky, and takes a bit of practice, but once you’ve got it down, you will want to curl your hair with your straightener all the time.

Thank you for taking the time to watch my video, and as always, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel (if you do, you’ll automatically be kept up to date each time I load a new video).  And if you have an idea for another ‘How To’ video, let me know in the comments section below or on the video itself and I’ll be happy to do it for you (unless it’s something like ‘How To Make French Macarons’ or ‘How To Walk A Tightrope’…can’t help you with that unfortunately – haha!).



  1. Estee
    23 January 2015 / 10:47

    Loved this video! So helpful, thanks! 🙂

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:02

      You are very welcome, Estee – so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. Faatima
    23 January 2015 / 10:53

    Yay! I really needed this 🙂 thanks

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:02

      I’m so happy to hear that, Faatima. It’s only a pleasure. 😉

  3. Tanusta
    23 January 2015 / 10:56

    Tanx so much for this!I always wanted to try this but was too nervous

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:03

      Don’t be nervous, just take your time and practice a few times. You’ll get the hang of it in no time at all! 😉

  4. Roxy
    23 January 2015 / 11:06

    SO HAPPY you did a video like this one, I’ve been dying to try this but been too scared.

    Looking forward to seeing many more video, Luzanne. XO

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:04

      I really enjoyed filming this one, so I’m going to really try film videos more often! Thank you for taking the time to watch the video, Roxy. 🙂

  5. Simone Cameron
    23 January 2015 / 11:30

    Great video Luzanne!! I battle with curling my hair, but I think I also have my hair too clean when I try to do it…so literally the curl is flat before I get to the next one.

    Will definitely try your way as I was dying to own a curling wand, but honestly don’t have the money for one now.

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:15

      Thank you, Simone – let me know how the curls turn out & if you have any questions, let me know! 😉

  6. Trish
    23 January 2015 / 11:31

    Such a great vid, very helpful and you explained everything so well. Thanx, Luzanne 🙂

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:13

      So happy to hear that, Trish. 🙂

  7. Ronel Marais
    23 January 2015 / 11:45

    Loving these How To videos, I’d love to see a makeup tutorial next please? 😀

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:13

      Sure thing, someone has requested a makeup tutorial on the eye look I’m wearing in this video…so will film that soon! 🙂

  8. Wilma
    23 January 2015 / 11:49

    I just love how you take people who can’t buy a lot of hair tools into consideration as well. 🙂 Now I don’t have to worry about getting a curling iron as well, I can just use my flat iron. Thank you for your effort, Luzanne

    Wilma x

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:12

      You’re welcome, Wilma! 🙂 That’s exactly why I wanted to film this video, to show people that you don’t necessarily HAVE TO have a curling iron or curling wand to create curls.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and watch my videos. 🙂 x

  9. 23 January 2015 / 11:52

    Wow, your hair looks great!

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:09

      Thank you, Tarryn! 🙂

  10. Mary-Anne
    23 January 2015 / 13:23

    Fab video, and I love your hair colour! Did you have it professionally done?

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:08

      Thank you, Mary-Anne. 🙂 I actually did the unthinkable…I box-dyed my hair. BUT I am really, really happy with how it turned out so I think I’ll keep colouring my hair at home. 😉

  11. Jess
    23 January 2015 / 14:30

    My hair looks exactly like yours when it air-dries, never knew curling your hair could make it look so shiny!! Defs going to give this a go! x

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:07

      Yay! So happy to hear that, Jess! Good luck! 😀 x

  12. Nousheen
    23 January 2015 / 14:35

    OMG the hair brush you use in your video is so cute!!! Where did you buy it?

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:06

      Thanks, Nousheen – I bought it at Forever 21 in Canal Walk (I think it was like R 49 or R 69). 😉

    • 23 January 2015 / 20:56

      Haha! Thank you, Janneke – you are way too kind to me! 🙂

  13. 18 March 2016 / 02:43

    amazing post i like it really!! also your hair looked so beautiful

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