How to Curl Your Hair with a Straightener: Video


I finally got around to creating the video tutorial I promised you guys months (maybe a year?) ago on how to curl your hair with a straightener!

I never use a curling iron when curling my hair because I prefer the look of looser waves and honestly find that the curls stay for much longer when I use a straightener.

Sooo, without further ado, here is my first totally dorky how-to video!

Okay you can stop laughing at me now…


If any of you guys try this out, let me know how it goes!

It looked really easy when I first watched someone do it, but for some reason it took me quite a few (hundred) tries before really getting the hang of it. You’re likely much more hair savvy than I am, so I’m sure you’ll be a pro in no time!

Happy curling!


  1. Emily says

    Finally! A way around the “barrel-roll” curl look!

    I started reading your blog a few weeks ago, and I love it! My boyfriend makes fun of me because I check back multiple times a day for your updates haha. I stumbled upon this tutorial a few days ago and finally got the patience to play around with my hair til I got it down!

    Anyway, I have thick, naturally curly hair but sometimes I don’t like the kinky-curly-frizzy look, and want to have a curl that’s softer and lays nicely. This worked like a charm for me! Me and curling irons were not meant to be so using my CHI definitely made this an awesome trick 🙂


  2. Jordan says

    I loved the video! I decided I would try curling my hair this past weekend. We were going out for my birthday and I wanted to do something different! I know you said it took you a couple times to get the hang of it, but I thought I would be able to do it, I mean how hard could it be?? Haha it was a complete disaster!! I ended up propping up my phone so I could watch the video while attempting to curl my hair! My Fiancé was watching me just cracking up as my chi started smoking I thought I was going to burn my hair off! Haha it was so awful! I’m going to try again when I have more time 🙂


  3. melissa says

    just tried this, you are a genius!! thanks so much for this video! I have straight fine hair and my hair actually looks good curled and not limp!


  4. Amanda says

    I just tried this on NYE and it worked perfectly! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I am hair styling-inept and even I could manage it haha. I have fine hair like you and this def makes it look thicker and more voluminous!


  5. Marie says

    Your hair looks awesome with curls! Do you happen to know how big your straightening iron is? I wanted to purchase one but didn’t know if i shoul get a 1″ or thinner? Thanks!


  6. Looking for a new do says

    Since you style your hair often do you have any tips for keeping it from getting damaged? And what is your typical hair care routine??
    Thanks! Love the site 🙂


  7. Jeannie says

    Hi Julie
    my ques is the same as above ques 83.
    Do you use any heating protector product prior to blow drying and curling?
    and do you use any other products in your hair before drying? Before curling? After curling?

    Thanks!! I tried this today and it worked great but my hair is so thin that a few hrs later the curls were coming out.
    Next time I will try hairspray after.


  8. Corinna says

    After attempting many times to curl my hair with a straightener, I stumbled across your tutorial and something just clicked!
    I have been a PBF devotee ever since 🙂

    Ditto to all the other readers, I have super fine hair and this is a nice change from the basic straight and long look, which is my go-to.



  9. Michele says

    Hey Julie,
    I know this post is super old but I just discovered your blog and am in love with every thing you post! I’ve done a few of your workouts and made some granola…can’t wait to try more of your stuff! Any who, I curled my hair this way today and it came out awesome! My only question is if you get some weird flat iron marks at the beginning (top) of the curl? And if so, how do you get ride of them? Thanks!!!


  10. megan says

    I seriously wish I would have found your blog on Friday! I had a wedding to go to on Saturday and tried for an hour to curl my hair…I just went into the bathroom at a commercial break and have 5 beautiful curls in my hair in less than 2 minutes! Your blog is now pinned to my home window on my tablet and will be frequented very often! Thank you so much for this I am still blown away because my hair does not cooperate EVER!!!!



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