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The Fastest Way To Curl Hair That’s Thick And Long

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Inside: This step-by-step tutorial shows the fastest way to curl hair that’s thick and long! Learn all my tips and tricks to achieve quick, soft waves that last!

When it comes to my hair, I usually wear it in a ponytail, up in a top knot, or down and curled.

I’ve seen so many hair curling tutorials, but the girls usually have very thin, fine hair and can curl their whole head in 5 minutes.

But, I have thick hair ( . . . a LOT of thick hair!) so it took me a while to figure out how to get loose curly hair when I’m short on time.

I’ve finally perfected my technique and can now curl my long, thick hair in just 10 minutes! So, today I’m sharing my best tips and tricks for how to curl long hair, fast! 

(And if you’re interested in heatless hairstyles, I have a tutorial at the bottom of the post on how to curl your hair with a bathrobe tie!)

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Woman with straight hair before curling her hair with a curling iron.

1. Start with freshly washed and dried hair.

To start this tutorial on how to curl long hair, you’ll want freshly washed and dried hair. I’ve found my hair curls best right after I wash it.

I can usually touch up the curls a few days later, but they never stay as well as the first-day curls. I always spray a heat shield product on before I dry or curl my hair. I love the way this Not Your Mother’s one smells!

Woman shows the iron used in her tutorial for how to curl long hair with a curling iron

2. Use a 1″ curling iron. Curling irons this size are usually recommended to girls with short-medium hair, but I got a blow-out last year and the stylist used a 1″ barrel on my hair and the curls were amazing! Just trust me on this one.

Woman demonstrates how to curl long hair with a curling iron

3. Part your hair down the middle in the back and grab a 1″ section of hair. Sometimes the section is bigger when you get to the back, but around your face, use small pieces so the curls are more defined.

Woman wraps hair to curl long hair with a curling iron fast

4. Put the iron about halfway down and twirl the iron once around the piece. 

Woman shows how to curl long hair with a curling iron by yourself

5. Then open the clamp, slide the iron down a few more inches, and twirl the iron back to the original spot.

Woman works through how to curl long hair with a curling iron

6. Slide the iron all the way to the end and then twirl the iron to the top of your head. Let it sit for 3-5 seconds and release.

Woman shows example of loose curls on hair.

The curl should look like this.

Woman shows how to curl long hair away from your face

When you’re done, you’ll have lots of tight ringlets.

Woman combs through hair after demonstrating the fastest way to curl hair

7. Let each side cool for several minutes and then run a brush through your hair for a softer look.

I personally don’t like the way my hair looks when it’s just in ringlets (although it turned out better than it normally does for these pictures!) so brushing out the curls gives it a more wavy look.

Alternatively, you can use some hair oil on your fingertips and gently run your hands through the curls to loosen them.

The final result of how to curl long hair with a curling iron

I add a little volume around the crown of my head with my teasing comb and then spray down any flyaways with my favorite hair spray. In 10 minutes I’m ready to go with some fabulous curls! It’s quick and easy, which is perfect for any busy mom.

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Which way do you curl your hair with a curling iron?

Like I mentioned above, I always curl my hair away from my face.

Doing it this way is the most flattering, in my opinion. It takes me about 10 minutes. I move quickly and don’t worry too much about making each piece perfect.

If you want to try adding a different look to the hairstyle, you can section your hair and curl each layer a different direction. I usually don’t have time to do that, so that’s why I always curl all of my hair away from my face.

Want More?

If you liked this post, check out my video tutorial for heatless curls using a bathrobe tie

Your Turn

If you enjoyed this tutorial for the fastest way to curl hair (that’s thick and long), let me know in the comments! What are your go-to hairstyles? Any products you’ve loved for curling your hair?

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This step-by-step tutorial shows the fastest way to curl hair that’s thick and long!

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Jessica Ashcroft

Tuesday 4th of April 2017

Oh Ash you're too nice! I think about cutting mine all of the time, but then I love just putting it in a pony tail or bun and it's so hard with short hair! This took two years to grow out! My hair is so slow but being pregnant helps!

Ashley Ziegler

Friday 31st of March 2017

Your hair is seriously beautiful. My hair is thick thick and I chopped in (to my shoulders, I wasn't brave enough for any shorter) and now my curls don't stay in as long as they used to when my hair was longer. I wish my hair would grow faster!! Hahaha I'll have to try this technique.

kevin Luther

Thursday 30th of March 2017

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