Hello lovely! This week I have and awesome curling hack for shorter hair in store for you! It has seriously been a huge time saver and a complete game changer for me. It’s not a hack I invented, but I did modify it to make it work for shorter hair, so I thought I had to share! 🙂

You might have heard of the ponytail curling technique? It’s really fast and it works brilliantly on long hair. You gather all of your hair in a high ponytail and curl only the ponytail. That means less sections to curl in less time! After you let your hair down you end up having straighter hair at the top, going in to a looser curl or wave. It blends well. But not if your hair is shorter (I’ve tried).

With shorter hair, even if the hair at the nape of the neck reaches the ponytail, there’s barely any length past the elastic, and therefore it doesn’t get curled. Same with the shorter face framing pieces. So if you try this the regular way and you let your hair down, you end up having curls in the crown area with straight hair sticking out from underneath and straight face framing layers.

The key element in the 5 minute curling hack for shorter hair.

There is no reason us shorter hair gals can’t enjoy this quick curling hack, but in order to have everything blend well, we’ll need to separate those stubborn sections and curl them outside of the ponytail. It is still a huge time saver! Trust me. And even if you have long hair, but with shorter face framing layers, you might want do those bangs separately too 😉

5 minute curling hack for shorter hair

Step-by-step instructions:

  1. Separate the bottom layer (about an inch or so) and the face framing pieces from the rest and gather everything else in a high ponytail.
  2. Using a curling iron or wand of your choice, curl the bottom layer in 3 sections tops, then the face framing pieces (most likely 2 sections on each side) in the direction away from your face.
  3. Lastly, separate the ponytail into several sections and curl those as well, alternating the direction of the curls. The amount of sections you’ll divide the ponytail into will of course depend on the thickness of your hair.

TIP: Adjust the size of the sections to the size of your curling wand or iron and the thickness of your hair. Don’t try to take big sections to save time, take small enough sections to be able to curl them at one go. Otherwise you’ll end up having to redo some of the curls, putting unnecessary heat to your hair. Curling the ponytail you’ll take far less sections than if you were to curl your hair normally anyway, and you’ll save time by taking smaller sections and curling them at your first try.

5 minute curling hack for shorter hair

Let me know if you try this curling hack and if you love it as much as I do! 😉

Until next time lovely! Happy hairstyling! 🙂


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Reply June 3, 2018

Beautiful article about the best curling iron for short hairs I have also short and thick hairs its really helpful for me i am going to buy Remington brand

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