Video: Hair curling tutorial (+ how to get more volume!)

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I’ve gotten so many questions on hair curling lately, I figured it’s about time for a new YouTube video! I still use the same tools as before, but have a few tips for adding volume and making the curls more defined. Since it takes me a long time to curl my hair, I usually only do this about once or twice a week, and try to extend the hairstyle as much as possible with starch on my roots (read about it in this post) and texturizing spray (read more below)!

Press play for my hair curling tutorial (or here’s the direct link to the video):

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  • Hair oil and/or Heat Protectant. I alternate between the products below, and usually just use 1 each time after toweling-dry hair:
    (also sold here) – Makes my coarse hair feel softer and easier to detangle.
    Caviar CC 10-in-1 Cream (also sold here) – I use this about once a week to treat my hair that’s fried from years of repeat highlighting aka bleaching. I like that it also contains heat protectant.
    Bumble & Bumble’s Oil Primer (also sold here)- Labeled as for “dry, brittle, or coarse hair,” this feels like a cross between an oil and a cream. It doesn’t make my hair feel as silky as Morrocanoil does, but it provides thermal and sun protection.
  • Curling iron: Remington ceramic curling wand, 1 to 1.5″ size. I’ve tried much pricier curling wands, but this one still works the best on my hair! My only complaint is that I’d prefer a straight 1.5″ wand instead of one that tapers down to a smaller point. I used to heat this up to over 400 degrees to save time, but just do 375 now to be a little gentler on my hair.
  • Hair clips: no-slip grip jaw clips. These are great for volume tip #1 below, and also to securely clip up sections of hair while curling. Make sure you get the regular size and not the mini.
  • Texturizing spray. Used in lieu of hairspray, this helps provide lift, absorbs excess hair oils, and adds grip to each strand. It extends my day 1 curls to sexy bedhead waves on days 2 and 3. I alternate between these two below (both have free shipping & returns, but are unfortunately pricey):
    Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (also sold here) – All the hairstylists I’ve worked with on shoots love this, and layer it on for volume and texture both before and after curling. 
    Shu Uemura Dry Texture Finishing Spray  This one is harder to find in-stores, but works really well for my hair in terms of adding beachy “grit” without feeling dirty. Compared to regular hairsprays, it has a gentler hold (so don’t expect it to keep very defined curls in place), but doesn’t weigh my hair down at all or make curls feel crispy or stiff.
HAIR CURLING TUTORIAL Pump up the volume

As shown in the hair curling tutorial video:

  • Dry in a poof. After washing my hair and toweling it dry, I always, ALWAYS clip up the hair at the top of my head (I go bonkers I’m traveling and forget my grip clips)! I then either air or blow dry it while clipped, to let it set with a little lift at the roots. This makes a noticeable difference for me, but everyone’s hair texture is different. If you have fine or slippery hair, it might help to work some heat-activated sculpting product into your damp hair, before clipping it up and blow drying.
  • Texturize before curling. Spray texturizer in before curling your hair, making sure to lift up pieces of hair and spray from the underside. If you’re starting with freshly-washed hair, this will also help the strands grip onto curled styles better.
  • Curl in bottom-to-top layers. The biggest mistake in how I used to curl my hair was that I sectioned my hair from side to side. It makes much more sense to section from top to bottom, since the curls will fall down in a cascade of layers and build volume upon itself.
  • Don’t flatten while you sleep: After going through all that effort to style and curl your hair, the last thing you want to do is smoosh it down overnight! When in bed, I sweep my hair up above my head. I also make sure to do this if I have to sleep with damp hair after showering, otherwise I’d wake up to hair that dried flat and misshapen!

…even if it’s just for a few seconds, or just with the top layer of hair!

I think most of us know that letting our curls “set” in place (usually with clips) while cooling allows for more defined and long-lasting curls. However, few of us have the patience. Letting a curl slide slowly off of the curling iron into my palm (keeping the curl coil intact) to cool takes just a few extra seconds, but makes the end result look more defined and springy. To save more time, I usually just do this on the outermost layer of curls since that’s what is most visible!

Looking for the best curls? The perfect hair curling tutorial video with tips to get more volume from Boston style blogger, Extra Petite.
Let me know any other hair questions you might have, and I’ll try to answer in a future post! xx


29 thoughts on “Video: Hair curling tutorial (+ how to get more volume!)

  • Reply Diana October 12, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Oh your curls are so perfect!!

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  • Reply Megan Elliott October 12, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Omg you are stunning!! Your hair looks incredible!

  • Reply Elizabeth October 12, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Your hair looks perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this great video and all of the tips, Jean <3 🙂 You're the best!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Reply Sincerely Ophelia October 12, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    How awesome! You’re on youtube! I’m looking to launch in April! Fancy girl! Love the tutorial! Can’t wait to see more from you!

    XOXO //

  • Reply Polly October 13, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Your hair looks so pretty! I like using those clips when I curl my hair too. 🙂


  • Reply Jessica | PetiteStyleScript October 13, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Great post Jean! I love curling my hair with a flat iron and finishing with Aveda hair care products! Love the video format too!

  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 13, 2017 at 2:56 am

    Thank you so much for this. I adore your hair in pretty much every post – I think I even asked for a hair tutorial before! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng

  • Reply Desislava October 13, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Amazing hair! This tutorial is very helpful! Thank you!


  • Reply Mrs. Goldilocks October 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Hi Jean, I was looking forward for your tutorial since you mentioned it last time in your nordstrom post. How long does it take you to finish curling your hair? Of course, you will be a lot faster than a beginner. Great post!! thanks!!

  • Reply Safoora October 13, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for that great video!! Quick question: how do you refresh your curls/hair the days you don’t wash and style? Would love tips on how to manage hair on days 2/3. Thanks!

  • Reply Kate October 13, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for this, Jean! Love seeing your product recommendations. Your hair always looks perfect!

  • Reply Rach October 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Which shampoo and conditioner do you use? Your hair looks amazing and healthy.

  • Reply Selene October 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Hi Jean, I’m so always so inspired by you! How long does your method usually take? I’m very much a beginner at curling and the last essay took at least an hour and a half.

    Thank you for your posts every week! I look forward to them!

  • Reply April October 13, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Such a helpful post! I curl my hair very similarly to you, but I don’t use a texturizing spray. I’ll have to try that!

  • Reply Dolce Petite October 14, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Loved your video! I wear my hair very similarly, but I create my curls with a hair straightener from GHD and it works beautifully as well.


  • Reply The pink pineapple October 14, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Your hair is amazing

  • Reply Khloe October 14, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Your hair is goals! Love it


  • Reply Izzy- Jewelers in New Windsor October 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    The very was very inspiring, and helpful. I love the curls! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Martine October 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Any tips on growing your hair even though you lighten it? I lighten my hair and I feel as though it’s stunted now! I wish I could get to you length! 🙂

  • Reply Sara McFarland October 16, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Jean, this is perfect!!! Thanks for awesome tutorial. Would love you to do a similar one with your makeup- it always looks just as flawless as your hair!


  • Reply Mizeats October 18, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    I really love this look! You have such beautiful hair! Thanks so much for creating this updated styling video!!

  • Reply Mizeats October 18, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Thank you for creating this updated styling video! You have gorgeous hair!!

  • Reply Linna October 19, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    Gorgeous hairstyling and also love the whole video. Thanks for sharing with us your top tips!!

  • Reply Fabtwinsmom October 19, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks for the video! I only recently started to follow your blog and often admired your hair. I have thick and long hair too. I wear it similar to yours. I was curling it side to side and always found it didn’t curl as nicely as yours. The tips about curling in layers top to bottom, letting it cool in the palm and spraying with texturizing spray really helpful. I tried it yesterday and love how much more volume I was getting. 🙂 I’m heading to Thailand this weekend, any tips you may have for super humid destination?

  • Reply Anna October 22, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Beautiful hair, I see no courseness! Just thick luscious hair!

  • Reply Kristen October 26, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Hair envy!! Thank you for posting this video, I love to hear tips and techniques on hair styling. Like you, I fall into the coarse hair category, along with frizzy/dryness. What products in and after the shower are your favorites?
    Thank you!

  • Reply Selina Mo February 17, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Hi thanks for the video.
    I love the colour of your hair. Can you tell me what colour and any specifics about dyeing it?
    Thanks in advance

  • Reply Ilze February 27, 2018 at 6:01 am

    Love love love ALL of your posts! Especially your tips and outfits for petite women.

  • Reply Lillie March 20, 2018 at 2:58 am

    Thank you! Finally a curling video I can actually follow! I’d love a tutorial on how to store/pack hair and makeup tools! Thanks Jean!

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