Tuesday Tips: How To Curl Your Hair with a ghd

8 steps to curl your hair with a flat iron straightener

Today’s Tip: How To curl your hair with a flat iron straightener

This post is in collaboration with ghd*

Curling your hair with a flat iron straightener is best explained as the same principle as curling a ribbon with a pair of scissors. You don’t wrap the hair around the barrel of the straightener like a curling wand – the outside of the straightener isn’t hot, after all – rather you use the iron like the scissors and pull it through your hair to curl it.

  1. Start with freshly washed hair. Personally I put no product in, however you may wish to put in a heat protectant or volumising product while hair is still wet.
  2. Section your hair, starting from the bottom and working your way up. Take a section about 2cm wide and a few mm thick.
  3. Clamp the iron onto the section of hair closest to your roots and, moving quickly…
  4. Turn the iron over, with the hair within the clamp, so it’s done a complete 180 and the hair is pointing back downwards again
  5. Slide the straightener through the hair fairly quickly so as not to cause any dents, but slow enough for the hair to heat up
  6. Go right to the end of the section, then twirl it around your finger to form a neat curl
  7. Brush out your hair with your fingers to get a natural look
  8. Viola!

Do you curl your hair with a flat iron straightener? Do you use a ghd? Any tips? 

*I was gifted the ghd flat iron used in this post (rrp $279) however was not paid for this post. 



  • Melissa Savage

    I have some additional tips: let the curls cool, especially if like me you need to pin the top section up to do the bottom, and finish with light hairspray.

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      Good tips! Although for longevity I prefer no hairspray, if you get hot it activates the spray and the curls are reset. Everyone should pin up the top to do the bottom! Curl the bottom first and work your way up.

  • Monique Fischle

    I like to use hairspray (if I have it) and like Mel, I prefer to do it on hair that was washed a day ago (I have fine hair but a lot of it so it’s quite thick and when it’s too clean, it doesn’t curl as well).

    • http://kikiandtea.com/ Tamsin Howse

      Yes! Second day hair is a good tip. I did this on second day hair :)

  • http://iamevilcupcake.com/ iamevilcupcake

    Or if you want to do curls on the first day, you can add dry shampoo, or a sea salt spray to add a bit of extra grab to help the curls curl :)

  • Bek

    Thanks for the tip- a friend gave me a hair straightener and I wanted to use it to make curls since I don’t like my hair straightened. Will have to try it.