How To Curl Straight Fine Hair

Quick and super easy methods to create curls without causing any hair damage.

Reviewed by Tiffany YoungTiffany Young, Certified Trichology Practitioner
By Arshiya SyedaArshiya Syeda  • 

Having straight fine hair is a dream for many. You can even try many hairstyles with it. But how to curl straight fine hair? Does this hair type hold those curls for longer periods? Curling your straight fine hair is challenging as it will not stay curly for long. It will fall flat once you take away your locks from the curling iron. But fret not – as certain techniques can help you maintain those curls with straight, fine hair.

In this article, we discuss how you can curl straight, fine hair. Keep reading the tips and get ready to be surprised.

How To Make Curls Stay In Fine Hair

Woman applying dry shampoo on her fine hair to prep it for curling

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  1. Prep Your Hair: Do not shampoo and condition your hair before curling. Curls hold the best with day-old hair. If your fine, straight hair is in its natural state, the heat can work better. You can use dry shampoo on the day you have to curl your hair. Apply a curl-boosting spray to damp hair for texture and grip, and blow dry on the coolest setting. Also, use a heat-protectant spray to prevent frying the strands.
  1. Divide Your Hair Into Sections: Section your hair and use clips or bands to hold each section separately. Start by working with the bottom-most section.
  1. Curl Your Hair Up: Take small sections of your hair, maybe an inch or two wide, and use a curling rod or straightener to curl them. If you are using a straightener, run the iron by twisting it in curls. Make your curls tight so that they do not loosen and start falling flat.
Quick Tip
It is recommended to hold a curling rod or straightener for a maximum duration of 8 to 20 seconds to prevent loose curls or wavy hair.
  1. Pin The Curls In Place: This is the most important step to make curls last in fine, straight hair. Once you remove the iron after curling a section of hair, roll up the curl and pin it in place with a bobby pin so that it retains the shape for a long time. Leave the pins in your curls until you have curled all your hair. Then, wait for your hair to cool down before removing the pins.
  1. Hairspray To The Rescue: The most crucial step is the application of hairspray. Check the ingredients and choose a non-aerosol hairspray that enhances your hair’s natural shine without making it stiff and sticky. Make sure to apply hairspray to your hair soon after curling one section and moving to the next.
  1. Sizzle In Your Look: Once you have curled all the sections of your hair, run your fingers through them to add volume and remove the dry feeling of the hairspray.

Note: You can also spritz some hair spray to touch-up your curls. Do not brush your curls to retain their shape and prevent tangles.

Check out this video tutorial for a better understanding of the process.

This is the best way to curl straight, fine hair without making your curls loose and limp. You will find your curls stay in place for a long time.

Now, scroll down for some tips to curl fine, straight hair easily like a pro.

Tips To Curl Fine, Straight Hair

Woman applying heat-protecting serum before curling her fine hair

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  1. Ensure that your hair is not conditioned before curling. You need your curler to get a hold on the hair, which will not be possible if it is conditioned.
  2. Undergo a heat protecting pre-treatment to avoid damage to your hair. You can also buy products designed for this purpose and do it from the comfort of your home.
  3. Do not forget to use a hairspray after curling your hair. This will help hold your curls in place for a long time and prevent any damage caused by heating tools.
  4. Choose the ideal barrel size for your curling iron. If you want tight corkscrew curls, opt for the smallest barrel. For loose wavy curls, go for a bigger one.
Quick Tip
It is recommended to follow the air drying method, after a hair wash, to bring forward the hidden natural curls and increase the hair volume.

Final Thoughts

Some people dream of having fine, straight hair, but it can get boring sometimes if you have this hair type naturally. If you want to spice up your hair, try curling your tresses. Once you know how to curl straight, fine hair, you can try a host of hairstyles that reflect your mood and complement your personality and style. Curling is fun to experiment with; however, it may seem like a daunting task. Don’t worry. All you need is an arsenal of the right mix of hair products, a good curling iron, and patience. Follow the steps outlined above to maintain your curly hairstyle for a long time.

Frequently Asked Questions

At what temperature should you curl fine hair?

Set the curling wand below 200°F to safely curl fine hair.

Should you curl your hair inwards or outwards?

While inward curls give you a natural look, outward curls add a glamorous touch to your hair.

Key Takeaways

  • Applying a curl-boosting spray to damp hair will give good texture and grip while curling.
  • Choose a non-aerosol hairspray because it adds shine to your hair and does not make it stiff and sticky.
  • A heat-protecting pre-treatment before curling can also help prevent hair damage.
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