How I Curl My Hair | TUTORIAL

Have you ever looked at someone with a bouncy blowout and thought they probably spend their days in the salon chair or chained to the bathroom vanity? While my go-to hairstyle might look labour-intensive, it’s not. Today, I’m throwing open the doors to Salon Stefan* today and giving you all of my curled-hair secrets.


This is my most-requested tutorial (yes, Sara – this one is for you) and, since video is fairly new for me, something that I’ve only shared in snippets over the year. About 5 years ago, I finally cracked the secret to my perfect curled hair look – something I default to whether I’m headed out to a wedding or just to a meeting. It’s the kind of hair that people always assumes takes hours, but in reality takes me about 15 minutes – yes, even including the blow-dry

*Salon Stefan is the name of my in-home hair + makeup studio. Which isn’t a real thing, but if you’d ask my housemates and best girlfriends you might find that they’ve all made numerous visits. As in, I get texts that say “can I pop into Salon Stefan before that wedding I have this weekend?” But I digress… 

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What You’ll Need

  • A frizz-fighting balm or oil |  Living Proof Restore Instant Repair Lotion can be used before, during and after styling and is my favourite balm for nourishing my dry, curly hair.
  • High-powered hairdryer | I picked up the Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer last year and it’s served me well! So far, it’s out-performed my T3 dryers that never quite lasted the year.
  • Hair elastic | An Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring won’t leave a mark and is easy to remove. Bonus: Use them to put your hair up overnight to extend your look.
  • Round brush | The Drybar Full Pint Round Brush came with my blowdryer and I love it! My other brushes are usually from Trade Secrets – they have a great selection.
  • Tapered curling iron that gets HOT | My GS Professional CurlFlex Iron 1″ from Trade Secrets can reach 400 degrees and creates a curl that lasts forever. The tapered barrel is key – especially if you have shorter hair! Mine is about 3 years old and still going strong.
  • Hairspray | You can’t go wrong with Elnett from L’Oreal to increase your style’s staying power.
  • Dry Conditioner | The Locks Smith from Cake Beauty has revolutionized my blowout routine. This innovative hydrating dry conditioner adds much-needed moisture and finishing shine to your hair. I love to use it on day 2 to refresh the look. Get it at Shoppers Drug Mart.

How To Curl Your Own Hair

My favourite way to do this – and the easiest way to have great hair in the morning with minimal effort – is to rough dry in the evenings and then twirl the warm hair into a bun and allow it to set overnight. In the morning, let it down and get your curl on! Once you get into the curling groove, you can complete the style in under 10 minutes.

To complete from start to finish like in the video, all you have to do is…

  1. Start with hair that’s been in a towel turban and is 75% dry. Add your hair lotion to the damp hair and work it through.
  2. Using a high-powered blowdryer, rough dry your hair until it’s 100% dry. Flip your head over and dry upside down for extra volume.
  3. With your round brush, blow out the hair around your crown, focusing on smoothness and making sure to blast the roots.
  4. Section the hair into two pieces, tying up or clipping the top half. With the tapered iron angled downwards, wrap the hair around the barrel, away from your face. Let it sit on the iron for 8-10 seconds. Repeat until you’ve completed your whole head
  5. If required, spray liberally with hair spray. Brush out your curls with a paddle brush to loosen them or finger-comb.

That’s it! Let me know if you have any questions, and happy curling!

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