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How to Curl Hair

Turn your head into a cascade of curls with these instructions.


  • Step 1: Prepare your hair Start with hair that hasn't been washed for a day or two -- the curls hold better that way. Plug in your hot rollers.
  • Step 2: Roll up the top Starting with the hair on the top center of your head, closest to your forehead, wrap one-inch sections of hair around each roller, rolling it back away from the face, from ends to roots, and secure with a clip. Continue until the center strip of your scalp is done, like a Mohawk.
  • TIP: If your rollers come in different sizes, use the biggest ones for the top of your head, the middle ones on the side, and the smallest ones on the bottom pieces.
  • Step 3: Wrap the sides Wrap the hair on each side of your head, angling the rollers vertically to create spiral curls.
  • Step 4: Gather bottom pieces Use the remaining rollers on the bottommost layers of hair. Lightly spray your entire head with hair spray.
  • TIP: No hot rollers? Use Velcro rollers, and give each one a five-second blast of hot air from your dryer after you roll it into the hair to set. Leave them in for about 15 minutes.
  • Step 5: Wait until they're cool Wait until the hot rollers are completely cool -- about 20 minutes -- before carefully removing them.
  • Step 6: Finger-style Gently arrange the curls with your fingertips; then freeze the desired style with hair spray. If the curls are too tight, run a wide-tooth comb through them to loosen.
  • FACT: In 2009, Australian medical researchers discovered the gene that influences whether people of European descent have curly or straight hair.

You Will Need

  • Unwashed hair
  • Hot rollers
  • Hair spray
  • Comb
  • Blow-dryer (optional)
  • Velcro rollers (optional)

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