How to Curl Shoulder Length Hair

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Many women have shoulder-length hair, which typically requires less maintenance than long hair. Shoulder-length hair is also more versatile than short hair since its length allows you to do more styles. Curly, crimped and wavy styles are popular curled hairstyles among women with shoulder-length hair. Achieve these styles through roller sets, electric curling irons and braid outs.

Things You'll Need

  • Curling iron
  • Hooded dryer
  • Plastic hair rollers
  • Satin cap
  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Setting lotion
  • Hairspray
  • Rubber bands

Curling with Hot Irons

  • Start with clean hair. Shampoo and condition your hair before beginning. Afterward, air dry it, or sit under a hooded dryer. Comb your hair after drying to remove tangles.

  • Plug a curling iron into an electrical outlet. Initially, set the curling iron to low heat, but adjust the heat as needed.

  • Part out a finger-sized section of your hair. Wind the section around a heated curling iron rod. Use a curling iron with a big rod for wavy or bouncier styles, and select a curling iron with a smaller rod for curlier styles.

  • Repeat with another section until you have finished your entire hair.

  • Spray hairspray to hair to help your style hold.

Roller Setting

  • Start with damp hair. Comb the hair from the roots until the ends to remove knots and tangles. Spray setting lotion to the hair to help it hold.

  • Part hair into at least five even rows. Each part should begin at the hairline and extend vertically to the nape of the neck.

  • Start with one of the rows, preferably the middle row. Make a horizontal part approximately 1 inch from the hairline. Wind this section of hair around a plastic hair roller, and secure it with a roller clip.

  • Make another part, approximately 1 inch from the last part. Repeat the previous steps until you have finished rolling your entire head of hair.

  • Cover your hair with a satin cap, and air dry it overnight. Alternatively, dry hair for 45 minutes to an hour with a hooded dryer set to at least medium heat.

Braid Outs

  • Start with damp hair. Spray a small amount of setting lotion onto the hair.

  • Braid the hair into cornrows. Let hair air dry overnight.

  • Unravel the braids once the hair is dry. You will notice that doing these steps made the hair crimp.

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