How to Curl Your Hair in 5 Minutes

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Not blessed with curly hair? Life as MOM contributor Rena shares some tips on how to curl your hair in 5 minutes.

How to Curl Your Hair in 5 Minutes

Now this post will seem silly to all you curly-haired ladies out there, but learning this little trick has revolutionized my morning routine. I love how I look with curly hair, but it always takes forever. Well not anymore! Here is how you can be date/work ready in only 5 minutes!

Step 1-Pull all your hair onto the top of your head and secure it with a ponytail holder. Make sure not to put the elastic too tight to avoid making a crease in your hair.

How to Curl Your Hair in 5 Minutes

Step 2-Start to curl sections of your hair with a clipless curling iron on full heat. If you don’t have a clipless curling iron, use a regular curling iron and wrap the hair around the barrel, keeping the clip down. Hold the hair there for forty-five seconds to a minute.

How to Curl Your Hair in 5 Minutes

Step 3-Continue curling sections of your hair. This will depend on the thickness of your hair. I would suggest separating your hair into four to six sections. I have pretty thick hair, so I separate mine into six sections.

How to Curl Your Hair in 5 Minutes

Step 4-Once hair is completely curled, carefully take ponytail holder out. This sometimes works better when you go upside down and let your hair hang towards the floor.

How to Curl Your Hair in 5 Minutes

Step 5-Run your fingers through your curls to make pretty waves and feel free to curl any leftover strays or top layers that you want a bit curlier. Give your hair a once-over with some hair spray to hold it and you’re out the door looking beautiful!

How to Curl Your Hair in 5 Minutes

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Rena, aka “the girl with the smile”, is an optimistic style blogger in San Diego. Learning about fashion through trial & error (high school years were pretty awkward), she loves fashion and the ability to create a look and boost self-confidence through clothing.

Since Rena lives with all men (husband and two sons), she needed an outlet for her fashion knowledge, so she started the blog The Girl with the Smile.

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I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. An easy way to pull your hair back in a ponytail and get the elastic out without pulling on the curls is to use one of the kid elastics- the kind that has the the ball on each end. That way you can just unwrap the balls and not have to pull it down through your hair.

  2. I like this! My hair looks quite similar, and for early morning curls this looks like a wonderful method.

    Another way that works is to wear a messy bun during the day; in the evening I let it down and my hair is beautifully (though unpredictably) curly.

  3. Elizabeth says

    This is a great tip! I had never considered curling my hair while it’s in a ponytail, but it looks like it would be a lot simpler. I’m one of those people who just wants to avoid the hassle, but this looks doable to me. 🙂

    To make the ponytail easier, I was going to suggest something similar to Sarah – I have super long, thick hair that’s hard to pull all the way through a ponytail holder, so to do ponytails I usually use a big barrette that can hold all my hair. I’ve also heard of something called hair bungees that allow you to wrap and secure your hair without having to pull the full ponytail through the elastic.

  4. loved it. thank you. I am about to curl my hair for the first time, this really helped 🙂

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