How To Do Soft Curls On Short Hair

Up until now, my beautiful rose gold ghd straighteners have done a fantastic job in getting loose, tousled waves on my short hair. It gives soft, loose curls in a matter of 15 minutes. 
But I have started to notice that the hinge on my straighteners has come out of alignment from where I’ve twisted my hair and pulled to hold, so now the plates don’t exactly match up and I’m panicking that this will totally damage them in the long run.
And that’s why I’ve switched to ghd CURVE Soft Curl Tongs* to help me get the same kind of beach-babe waves on my short, shoulder length hair.
How To Do Soft Curls On Short Hair
The only two things that I can do with my “lob” (long bob) hairstyle since I got about 6 inches chopped off a couple months ago is to either straighten or curl. A quick and deliberately-messy up-do is completely out of the question. 
When you have little length of hair to work with, using the right kind of styling tool is important in achieving thet style that you’re going for. I certainly learned this upon leaving the hair salon, I had ringlets bouncing up and down as I walked home! I wanted trendy soft curls, not out-dated tight ringlets. I had a lot of layer cut in aswell, which meant that I had volume in all the wrong places. Smh. But it’s because the salon only had a slim-line curling wand which they used on a pretty high heat setting. *sigh*
using ghd curve to get soft curls
I ain’t hatin’ if ya want something done, you gotta do it yourself! Right?!
So here is how to get natural-looking, voluminous, soft curls with ghd CURVE.
(And btw, this is definitely one of those time when I wish I did YouTube, it would be so much easier to do a tutorial on video but hopefully my How To demonstration photos are easy enough to follow!)

How To Do Soft Curls On Short Hair

1. It’s best to use styling tools the day after you’ve washed your hair. Day-old hair holds the style better and gives you more manageability. But if this isn’t an option then I would use a styling primer on towel-dried hair prior to blow drying to give you more control. It holds the curls in for longer too. I recommend the ever so affordable Schwarzkopf Got2b Playful Styling Primer.
How To Do Soft Curls On Short Hair
2. Section you hair and start by curling from underneath. Spray some heat protection on to dry hair (I am currently using the ghd Heat Protect Spray*). Apply the heat protection mist as you go along and brush through to ensure that each of the small sections are covered.
How To Do Soft Curls On Short Hair
3. Spring open the lever of the ghd CURVE and clip the tip of your hair into the middle of the barrel. 
Using ghd CURVE Soft Curl Tong, which has a 32mm large barrel, gives tumbling soft waves, especially on long hair, but as you can see, it also works incredibly well with short shoulder length hair too. If you have even shorter hair, you could opt for the ghd CURVE Classic Curls which has a 26mm medium barrel.
How To Do Soft Curls On Short Hair
3. Hold the wand as close to the root as you can without burning your scalp, holding is as close to roots as possible will help it to give volume. Keep the hair wrapped around the tongs for around 10-15 seconds. ghd CURVE Soft Curl Tongs reaches 185C at it’s highest temperature.
How To Do Soft Curls On Short Hair
4. Whilst still warm, hold the curl in your hands for 5 seconds or so before slowly dropping them and you will see the cascading curls take shape. You may also want to twist the curl with your fingers before the hair cools down.
Tip: If the curls look too uniform, curl your hair again but start mid-way instead of the tip.
How To Do Soft Curls On Short Hair
5. When you’ve curled all sections, run your fingers through your hair. This will give it a more natural, less uniformed look. DON’T use a hair brush in this instance because that will make the soft, loose waves disappear. Start from underneath and then use your fingers again to ruffle up the roots to give volume.
How To Do Soft Curls On Short Hair
6. Finish the style with a salt spray to give it texture. Scrunch your hair in an upwards action for longer lasting curls. Finally, apply a matte hair spray to set it all in place. At the moment, I swear by the Schwarzkopf Beach Matte Mermaid Look Texturising Salt Spray and Schwarzkopf Got2b 2 Sexy Volumizing Hair Spray.
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  1. 12th August 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Your hair looks absolutely beautiful! I love it so much! When mine was sort I never experimented with it, I had no idea what to do with it so I just left it :/.

    Katie // Words by Katie

  2. 13th August 2016 / 6:55 am

    I really need to pick up a tool that lets me do this, I've just had my haircut to a similar length and the only thing that works is rollers – which takes around an hour. Great for a night-out, not so good if I wake up to a bad hair day! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

  3. 21st August 2016 / 3:10 am

    I just cut my hair short again, I will definitely try this!

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