How To Curl Your Hair With GHD Hair Straighteners


In December I put a video tutorial up on my YouTube on curling your hair with a hair straightener/flat iron. Lots of you have always commented on my hair when it’s curly and have asked how I do it, so I thought I would also create a blog post explaining to you just how to curl your hair with hair straighteners. It’s a lot easier than you might think and it gives a great result! It’s not as soft and springy as curling tongs, however it gives those looser waves that I think suit longer, thicker hair better, which is why I love this method. I don’t tend to mess with my hair too much as I like to keep it classic, but you may remember that I did my own DIY Blonde Ombre Dip Dye myself and I love how that turned out, but I’m not too adventurous when it comes to hair styles.

I’ve included the video tutorial at the bottom of this post beneath the photos so you can get a great idea on how to do it. Having curly hair is always something I love as I think it looks more feminine and girly. It’s as simple as straightening your hair, but I have included the steps just below for you:

Prepare your hair to be straightened after you wash it, condition it, dry it thoroughly and spritz on your protective spray. Make sure all of the knots are brushed out and your hair is smooth as this creates the nice softer curls (you can see my hair care routine here). Next, depending on how much hair you have, you might want to section it out and do it that way. It’s easier to begin this way if you are new to curling your hair with hair straighteners. Now, take a strand of hair, maybe about 2cm thick, put it into the straightener like you would if you were running it right down to the tip, but instead of going straight down, you need to twist the flat iron around so the hair goes with it, keep on twisting until you get to the bottom so you can see the hair curling around it, then once it’s at the bottom, let it loose and just twirl it with your finger slightly to keep the direction of the curl going. It’s harder to explain in writing which is why I have the video below, you can see exactly how I do it by watching the video.

If you are interested in the hair straighteners I was using, I always use GHD. I have the GHD Mini Styler which I got from Perfumes Club UK to create ringlet style curls and I also have my old GHD Classic Straightener which I got from my mum when I was about 14 or 15. It still works perfectly to this day, even though it’s about 10/11 years old! The classic size straightener gives the looser curls as it has bigger plates than the mini. I hope you like this tutorial and it helps you in creating wavy/curly hair with your straighteners. I do get a lot of questions though about which straighteners I use and I will always stick by GHD. They are expensive, but they are definitely worth the money as they work so well and last so long! You can check out some of their other products by clicking here.



Written by Lorna Burford



  1. January 14, 2014 / 3:35 pm

    You have a really nice butt.

    • January 14, 2014 / 4:06 pm

      Lol, ha ha, this post is supposed to be about hair, that’s as bad as David!

      • January 14, 2014 / 4:16 pm

        ok, Your hair is nice too

        besides I like Your voice, it’s so sweet, if Your voice was a candy I would lick it all day and all night ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • January 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

          Oh my gosh lol, thanks I guess? Ha ha!

      • David
        January 15, 2014 / 10:22 am

        Bad? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ don’t blame me ๐Ÿ™

        • January 15, 2014 / 12:52 pm

          Lol, why not?

          • David
            January 15, 2014 / 2:22 pm

            Cause you’ve got an insane ass! ๐Ÿ™‚

            • January 15, 2014 / 4:29 pm

              There’s nothing showing here though!

              • David
                January 16, 2014 / 8:45 pm

                First pic?

                  • David
                    January 18, 2014 / 1:22 pm

                    Picture nr.1 is an ass pic! ๐Ÿ˜‰

                    • January 18, 2014 / 1:41 pm

                      It’s a hair picture lol ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 14, 2014 / 4:07 pm

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it!

  2. January 14, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    Your hair is just way too perfect Lorna, my curls never last that long and don’t look that pretty ๐Ÿ˜€
    I never heard your voice before, you sound really sweet!

    X Sara

    • January 14, 2014 / 4:58 pm

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I have quite a few videos on YouTube actually where I speak. But I’m glad you liked this one ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 14, 2014 / 4:58 pm

      Thank you so much!

  3. January 14, 2014 / 5:21 pm

    great turtoial

    • January 14, 2014 / 5:23 pm

      Thanks Amy!

    • January 14, 2014 / 5:53 pm

      Yep! I always usually do!

    • January 14, 2014 / 6:11 pm

      Thank you Kayla!

    • January 14, 2014 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you Bella!

  4. Mel Stevens
    January 14, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    I’ll follow all your tips with my karmin g3 straightener, thanks

    • January 14, 2014 / 9:25 pm

      Good luck with it!

    • January 14, 2014 / 10:30 pm

      You are welcome! Glad you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ Perhaps you could try something else with shorter hair!

    • January 15, 2014 / 12:07 am

      Thank you! I am glad you like it!

  5. Karsten
    January 15, 2014 / 1:28 am

    Agree with you that the long curls work best for your hair. They compliment your particular brand of natural, understated beauty. And your sweet, love-at-first-listen, voice almost does the same, Lorna ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 15, 2014 / 2:07 am

      I always think I sound ridiculous on camera, so it’s funny to me that others like my voice ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Karsten
        January 15, 2014 / 2:29 am

        Most people feel that way about their voice. The recorded version always differs from how we perceive it in our head. So there’s absolutely nothing wrong with yours.

        • January 15, 2014 / 12:51 pm

          Well, that’s kind of you to say so!

    • January 15, 2014 / 12:51 pm

      Good luck with it, it’s definitely really easy!

    • January 15, 2014 / 12:52 pm

      Oh did you, which did you buy? Good luck!

  6. David
    January 15, 2014 / 10:24 am

    I can watch this video all day long! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 15, 2014 / 12:52 pm

      I doubt you even have long hair though ๐Ÿ˜€

      • David
        January 15, 2014 / 2:23 pm

        I do, on my back! Butt I just love the way you talk ๐Ÿ™‚

        • January 15, 2014 / 4:29 pm

          On your back? Yikes!

    • January 15, 2014 / 4:30 pm

      Thank you so much!

    • January 15, 2014 / 8:20 pm

      Thank you Roosa!

    • January 15, 2014 / 8:21 pm

      Thanks, yeah we can if you want to, where would you like to follow me?

  7. January 16, 2014 / 4:17 am

    I loved your video (and your accent) I’ve been using a wand and can never get a straighter to curl, so I am going to try this tutorial!

    • January 16, 2014 / 1:25 pm

      Good luck with it!

    • January 16, 2014 / 1:27 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really glad you like everything and of course, I am following you back now!

  8. Jamie
    January 16, 2014 / 7:07 pm

    My hair guy taught me this technique a few years ago, love it! I have found the curls from my flat iron hold much better than my actual curling iron! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 16, 2014 / 7:20 pm

      They do? That’s cool! I’ve never really tried with a curling iron, I never saw the point since I do it this way lol ๐Ÿ™‚

    • January 20, 2014 / 2:14 pm

      Thanks so much Vanessa ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. January 20, 2014 / 9:15 am

    And I really LOVE the snowflake detail *.* Sooo cute ^^

    • January 20, 2014 / 2:14 pm

      I’m glad that you do! I had falling leaves in autumn!

  10. Adam
    February 6, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    Great video! And your hair looks lovely all curly!

    • February 6, 2014 / 9:01 pm

      Thank you so much!

  11. April 30, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    OMG Lorna, I love your curly hairs. And your pants too <3. I'm happy that you posted on my blog. Otherwise I would never seen your blog. Thank you for that. Have a lovely day beauty :-*

    Hugs from Germany

    Katharina (Kate ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    • April 30, 2014 / 11:27 pm

      Thank you so much Kate ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you like it!

  12. July 7, 2014 / 11:29 pm

    It look stunning! Never crossed my mind that hair straighteners can be used in curling and the result is very natural. read more

  13. December 1, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    Thanks very much darlin tht has saved me a nightmare I purchased the large plated ones on the advice from the lady who puts my extensions in and she says they work best as the heat is more evenly distributed and is better for ur hair although the curls are more wavy than rifle which I like but still trying to master it but I cudnt remember the way she showed me so this has saved me alot of money as I paid alot for the ghds for just to straighten my hair would be no good I prefer curls I suit them better so thanks again and keep up the good work loadsa love susan from Glasgow x

    • December 1, 2015 / 3:53 pm

      You are very welcome! I’m glad it could help!

  14. March 18, 2016 / 12:35 am

    amazing post!! i like your hair really

  15. Rehana
    August 6, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    Your hair looks great! Every time I use my ghds my hair feels really stiff and has no movement. What am I doing wrong?!

    • August 8, 2016 / 11:39 am

      Thank you! That sounds to me like you’re using too much product? How much are you using before you used the GHD’s on your hair?

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