How to Get Loose Curls

Lifestyle blogger Mollie Sheperdson shares how she gets her everyday loose curls in this detailed hair tutorial! | How to Get Loose Curls hair tutorial featured by popular London life and style blogger, Mollie Moore

Today is kind of a big day because I’m revealing my first ever Mollie Moore hair tutorial! I’m SO excited to finally share this post with you guys, as the number one question I’m always getting is about my hair! If I’m being honest, I only recently learned how to curl my hair. Like, as recently as within the past year. I have naturally thick and voluminous hair, and as a teenage girl all I wanted to do was straighten it and make it as flat as possible. I was always jealous of the girls with thinner hair who could curl their locks in 5 minutes, or wear those messy-chic top knots (my top knot is comically large, which is why you hardly see me with my hair up!). We always want what we don’t have, amiright? Couple all of that with an irrational fear of curling irons, and I never bothered to learn.

I went though college without curling my hair, only continuing to hide it’s natural volume and wishing I had thinner locks (I would even get my hair thinned at the salon!). I didn’t really start to embrace what I had until a few years ago, when I had my first Drybar aka my happy place experience. My stylist gave me beautiful loose curls with tons of volume, and when she spun me around to look in the mirror I hardly recognized myself! I couldn’t believe how much I loved the way my hair looked with all that volume. The compliments from total strangers didn’t hurt either 😉 Unfortunately, my bank account wouldn’t appreciate a blow out EVERY time I wanted to curl my hair, so I decided it was about time I learned how to do it myself. While at a Fashion Week event last year, I received this curling wand in a swag bag. I liked that there wasn’t a clamp – no weird dents! I decided to try it out, and it quickly became my favorite hair tool in my bathroom.

Without further ado, after lots… and lots…. and lots… of trial and error, I feel ready to share with you guys what I’ve learned!

Lifestyle blogger Mollie Sheperdson shares how she gets her everyday loose curls in this detailed hair tutorial! | How to Get Loose Curls hair tutorial featured by popular London life and style blogger, Mollie Moore


STEP 1: Section off your hair into 1″-2″ sections, depending on how loose you want your curls to look. I like to start by spraying a light layer of this R+Co flexible hairspray on each section before I curl (I use this wand, but I’ve heard these are amazing).

STEP 2: Holding the wand upside-down, wrap the hair around the curling wand AWAY from your face (watch your fingers!). It’s important to make sure the hair doesn’t get twisted as you wrap – this will ensure a smooth curl. I hold each piece on the curling wand for 15-20 seconds, but I really think this varies from girl to girl. As I mentioned, I have thick hair, so I hold mine a bit longer to ensure the curl sticks.

STEP 3: Release the curl from the wand into your hand and hold for about 5-10 seconds. This allows the curl to cool a bit before letting it fall. It’s just another way to ensure a tight spiral! If you have hair that takes well to a curl, you can probably skip this step.

STEP 4: Repeat steps 1-3 throughout the rest of your hair, until you have ringlet curls all around. Lightly spritz your hair with a layer of hairspray.

Lifestyle blogger Mollie Sheperdson shares how she gets her everyday loose curls in this detailed hair tutorial! | How to Get Loose Curls hair tutorial featured by popular London life and style blogger, Mollie Moore

STEP 5: After allowing your hair to completely cool (this usually takes about 5-10 minutes. I like to do my make-up or pick out my outfit during this time), flip your head upside down and spray with this Drybar Triple Sec Texturizer. I usually flip my hair up and down a few more times to really loosen up the curls.

STEP 6: Spray some more of the Triple Sec spray directly to the roots of your hair to add even more volume and texture.

STEP 7: If you still have some too-perfect curls, take a brush and lightly run it through your hair. I recommend using a small brush, like this Drybar Lemon Drop (pictured above) or a mini Wet Brush. A larger brush such a paddle brush will take too much curl out of the hair.

STEP 8: If you want extra hold, lightly spray once more with hairspray and you’re out the door!

For me, this entire process takes about 30 minutes from start to finish. I realize that this is a long amount of time, and of course it would be nice if it was shorter! But I’ve learned to love my hair and all of it’s crazy thickness. I no longer get it thinned, and I have an appreciation for it that I didn’t have when I was younger. I don’t curl my hair everyday, in fact I only do it twice a week at most, so I really don’t mind doing it. I’ve also picked up some great tips on how to extend the length of your curls, and I sometimes wear mine for as long as 4 days! Potential post idea?!

Anyways, if you read this entire post, thank you!! PLEASE leave your feedback, this is my first post of this kind and I would love any and all suggestions for improvement! I want to continue to share beauty content with you (resolution #8), and your comments will help guide me in the right direction!

PS. Yes, this is my natural hair color. I’m a true strawberry blonde!


xx Mollie

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

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  1. Hannah
    January 10, 2017 / 8:45 am

    Ahhhhhhh yes girl!!! Thank you! I’ve been hoping you would post a hair tutorial. This is so awesome, I love the step by step photos. You did a great job considering this is your first beauty post!

    I would love to see a post on how you make your curls last 4 days, that’s incredible! Keep this kind of stuff up!

    • January 13, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      Hi Hannah! Thanks so much for your comment, you are so sweet! I’m so happy you enjoyed this post. I’m definitely going to do a tutorial on how I make my curls last for several days, hopefully it will be up next month!

      xx Mollie

  2. Nataly
    January 10, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Great tutorial! I needed this! I struggle to create an sort of curl in my hair!

  3. Lacey
    January 10, 2017 / 10:25 am

    It’s funny, one time when I went to Dry Bar I actually showed them a photo of your hair and said “Give me this hair.” My hair isn’t as long, but it’s thick, naturally curly, and super frizzy. I also have no patience for selling my hair, but I wish I did. I’m the worst at blow drying it…so maybe a blow dry tutorial? Thanks!

    • January 13, 2017 / 9:38 pm

      Aww Lacey that comment made my day!! I love your idea about a blow dry tutorial – I will definitely get that in the works!!

      xx Mollie

  4. January 10, 2017 / 11:03 am

    you make this look SO easy… i for the life of me cannot work the wand so i curl mine the old fashioned way 😉

    • January 13, 2017 / 9:34 pm

      That’s so funny, I can’t figure out a regular curling wand! I ALWAYS end up with weird dents in my hair! I think that whatever method you find that works for you – stick to it! Thanks for reading!

      xx Mollie

  5. Anna English
    January 10, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Such a great tutorial! Your curls look amazing!

  6. Ashley
    January 10, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    What an amazing tutorial! Your hair is beautiful! I really need to check out some of these products.

    xo Ashley

  7. January 10, 2017 / 10:32 pm

    You do have a beautiful hair color! And yes – it’s true – we ALWAYS want what we don’t have. I really wanted to be red headed when I was little – but now I love my dark, almost black hair. Thanks for sharing!

  8. January 10, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    LOVE this tutorial, it’s so great! xx

  9. January 11, 2017 / 10:37 am

    You have the most gorgeous, thick hair!! Loved reading about the products you use to help achieve those effortless curls

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  10. Alice
    January 13, 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Honestly, I have no idea what I’d do without a curling wand. Can’t wait to try these tips!

    Alice at Lone Star Looking Glass

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