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How to Curl Your Hair with a GHD Straightener

Tired of spending hours curling your hair with a traditional curling iron? Believe it or not, your trusty GHD straightener can be the secret weapon to achieving effortless, long-lasting curls. At Shampoo Shop, we're here to share our top tips and tricks for mastering the art of curling with your GHD.

The Benefits of Curling with a Straightener

While a curling iron may seem like the obvious choice for creating curls, using a straightener can offer several advantages. Firstly, a straightener provides more control and precision, allowing you to customize the size and shape of your curls. Additionally, the heat from a straightener is often more evenly distributed, resulting in smoother, more uniform curls.

Perhaps the biggest benefit, however, is the versatility of a straightener. With a few simple techniques, you can achieve a wide range of curl patterns, from loose, beachy waves to tight, defined ringlets. This makes a straightener a must-have tool for anyone looking to experiment with different hairstyles.

What You'll Need

Before you start curling, make sure you have the following essentials:

  1. Your trusty GHD straightener
  2. A heat protectant spray or serum
  3. Sectioning clips (optional, but helpful)

It's important to use a heat protectant product to keep your hair healthy and prevent damage from the high temperatures. Shampoo Shop offers a range of nourishing heat protectants that are perfect for this technique.

Step-by-Step Guide to Curling with a GHD Straightener

  1. Prep Your Hair: Start with clean, dry hair that has been thoroughly brushed or combed through. Apply a small amount of heat protectant to your strands, focusing on the ends.
  2. Section Your Hair: Divide your hair into manageable sections, using clips to keep the rest of your hair out of the way. This will help you achieve consistent, uniform curls.
  3. Wrap and Hold: Take a small section of hair and place it between the plates of your GHD straightener, about an inch or two from the roots. Gently wrap the hair around the barrel, holding it in place for 5-10 seconds.
  4. Release and Repeat: Slowly release the hair, allowing the curl to form. Repeat this process, working your way around your head until all sections have been curled.
  5. Cool and Set: Once you've curled all your hair, allow the curls to cool completely before running your fingers through them or styling further. This will help set the curl and ensure it lasts.

Customizing Your Curls

One of the best things about using a straightener to curl your hair is the ability to create a variety of curl patterns. Here are some tips for achieving different looks:

Loose Waves

For soft, beachy waves, wrap larger sections of hair around the straightener and hold for a shorter amount of time, around 3-5 seconds.

Tight Curls

To create tighter, more defined curls, work with smaller sections of hair and hold the straightener in place for 10-15 seconds.

Beachy Waves

For a more effortless, undone look, try alternating the direction in which you wrap the hair around the straightener. This will give you a more natural, textured finish.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you're new to curling with a straightener, you may encounter a few challenges along the way. Here are some common issues and how to solve them:

  • Flat or Lifeless Curls: Make sure you're using a heat protectant and holding the straightener in place long enough to allow the curl to form.
  • Uneven Curls: Double-check that you're sectioning your hair evenly and using consistent techniques on each section.
  • Frizzy or Unruly Curls: Finish with a light-hold hairspray or serum to tame flyaways and keep your curls in place.

Maintaining Your Curls

To keep your curls looking fresh and fabulous, follow these maintenance tips:

  • Avoid over-manipulating your hair once the curls have set. Gently run your fingers through them or use a wide-tooth comb to avoid disrupting the style.
  • Use a curl-enhancing or volumizing product to refresh your curls throughout the day.
  • When washing your hair, use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to preserve the curl pattern.
  • Limit heat styling to a few times per week to prevent damage and dryness.


Curling your hair with a GHD straightener may seem like a daunting task, but with a little practice and the right techniques, you can achieve stunning, long-lasting curls. Remember to always use a heat protectant, experiment with different curl patterns, and maintain your style for maximum impact.

Ready to take your hair game to the next level? Visit Shampoo Shop today and explore our wide selection of GHD straighteners and curl-enhancing products. Your perfect curls are just a few steps away!