How To Use A Curling Iron On Very Short Hair

We know about the luxury beauty products called curling irons.  But some of us might not realize a curling iron can also be used to curl short hair, too!

how to use a curling iron on very short hair

Curly short hair is always a hot style.  With so many celebrities shifting to cutting down their long, lavish hair to shoulder-length and shorter, it has become a full fashion craze! 

If you are one of the many beautiful people who are interested in cutting their hair and want that curly style, wait no more!

curly short hair

Make sure you’re in the right mood and follow the steps correctly or you might end up burning your hair!  These beauty products can get really hot!  Here is a short and precise method on how to use a curling iron on very short hair.

Quick & Easy Steps To Curl Very Short Hair


1.  Wash your hair, but make sure to avoid using hair conditioner.  It can make your hair too soft and slippery which may shorten how long the curls stay in place.

2.  Make sure your hair is completely dry!  Wet hair will affect the temperature of the curling iron and may damage your hair.

3.  Always use a heat protectant spray for your hair before curling.  A heat protectant spray protects your hair from high temperatures and can even repair and revitalize your hair with its essential oil ingredients.

4. Check your curling iron wand/barrel size.  The smaller barrel sizes are easier to use on shorter hair!  Of course, always go for the size that suits your style!


Step 1.
Turn on your curling iron, setting it to your desired temperature and let it heat up.  A quick rule of thumb is lower heat for finer hair and higher heat for thicker hair.

Step 2.
Pin different parts of your hair together to make it easier to see what to curl next and avoid what you don’t want curling.

Step 3.
Place the ends of your hair between the clamp and wand making sure it is secured before rolling the curling iron up towards your head.

Step 4.
Keep it in place for about 7 seconds before releasing that section of your now beautifully curled hair!

Step 5.
After completing each section of your hair and it’s cool to the touch, run your fingers through them to add volume!

curly short hair with volume

After achieving your desired curly looks, it’s always recommended to add smoothing serum on the ends of your curls.  Hair serum can help prevent frizz, tangles and can even give your hair a lovely shine.

Curling Iron

A Curling Iron is one of the many popular modern ways to curl your hair.  It’s also commonly called a hair iron or curling tongs.

The basic feature of a curling iron is to apply an amount of heat to sections of your hair that are gently wrapped around the wand and the clamp (also called the flipper & barrel), to safely mend your hair into beautiful curls that can last all day!

rolling curling iron

Curling irons are are made for all lengths of hair, but if you have very short hair you want to curl, the thinner curling irons work best!

Now You Know How To Use A Curling Iron On Very Short Hair

Now you now how to use a curling iron on very short hair!  The trick is using smaller barrel sizes.  So don’t be afraid to try out that new short-hair look you’ve been dreaming of!

Check out these All-in-One curling irons for all of your curly styles!

We hope you found these steps easy to follow and useful!  Thanks for reading and make sure to follow us on Pinterest!