How to Get Wavy Curls

I see all these gorgeous women with beautiful wavy hair, but didn’t really know how to do it for myself.    On Pinterest  I recently found a how-to hair tutorial for wavy curls (from Cara Loren) and tried it out on my hair.  After I shared a pic on Instagram, some people asked for the video, which is here (click the picture of Cara to see her how-to tutorial).  Isn’t she cute?!
Here’s how the wavy curls looked on my hair.  It’s different from how I normally do it, but I like it, although it took me longer than I usually spend.  I think I’m one of the last people to curl my hair this way (wrapping it around the curing iron instead of under the clamp).  I need to get with it!  
Do you do your hair this way?  How long do you spend on your hair? What about shampooing?  I’m in the wash/blowdry almost everyday category because I feel like I need to after working out.  Cara says she goes about 5 days between washing!
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  1. January 17, 2013 / 12:47 pm

    I need to try this! My hair always looks the same and I'm bored with it. Looks beautiful on you! I'm the same way, wash and dry every day..especially after a workout! How can you not?! Love your blog..Pinterest I'm Angela Elsey πŸ™‚

    • January 17, 2013 / 1:37 pm

      Thanks Angela- I'm following you now!

  2. January 17, 2013 / 12:59 pm

    I have long hair, and I have to admit being a busy mom, running to the gym I wear it in a pony a lot during the week. You've inspired me to try this today πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing! xo Kristin

    • January 17, 2013 / 1:35 pm

      Yep, I wear a pony tail or messy bun too a lot. I just figured out the messy bun too!

  3. January 17, 2013 / 1:10 pm

    Her hair struck me as awesome too watch this video a few months back. It gives great results but is a little tedious for me timewise. The Minnesota winter is rough on hair and thinking a little vacation back to Houston is in order!

  4. January 17, 2013 / 1:24 pm

    The wavy curls look great! I shampoo every 2-3 days. My hair stylist told me to stop shampooing my hair so often; she said your hair is not "dirty" just because you sweat. It took some getting used to, but my hair looks much healthier now. I usually do the wavy curls on day 2 or 3.

    I enjoy your blog! πŸ™‚

    • January 17, 2013 / 1:41 pm

      Every two days I can do, 3?? I'm following you on Pinterest now!

  5. January 17, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    Your hair looks gorgeous! I like to curl my hair if we're going out, but curling takes to long for it to be an everyday thing. I'm also a wash every day person – the longest I can go is about 36 hours before I NEED to wash my hair.
    Oh and I'm on Pinterest too –

  6. January 17, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    I bought a curling wand (for cheap) and love it, though it's for special occasions only because it takes forever. The black glove is a life-saver to save your fingers from burns! I wash my hair every day too…always have. If I went 5 days without washing, you would be able to cook breakfast on my head. Ick. My Pinterest username is babymamajuice, and my real name is Amy Florez.

    • January 17, 2013 / 1:45 pm

      Ha!! Me too!! I lost my little glove (probably threw it away!). I wish I hadn't because I have touched my fingers on that hot barrel- ouch! I'm off to follow you on Pinterest!

  7. January 17, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    I curl my hair everyday, but it only takes 5 minutes. I just like to give it a little body. I want to try this when I feel like spending a little more time.

  8. January 17, 2013 / 1:43 pm

    I'm following you on Pinterest Sarah! You're like me with a ton of pins!!

    • January 17, 2013 / 3:19 pm

      Ah yes, the Pinterest addiction is pretty strong over here. So much inspiration out there & it's so easy to just sit around and pin pretty things while relaxing in front of the TV after dinner! I just started following you on Pinterest too – I don't know how I wasn't before?!?

  9. January 17, 2013 / 1:49 pm

    I love the wavy curls you did!
    I have been working hard to damage my hair as little as possible while growing it out, so I try to go 3 days between washes. The third day may require some dry shampoo ( or cornstarch) on the roots to deal with oil, but I too have been told it doesn't mean your hair is really dirty. And if I dry it/straighten it the first day, it lasts for 3. I just want to protect it from heat styling as much as I can as it is trying to get nice and long.

  10. January 17, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    I am a wash every other day girl. But, I have naturally curly hair, so I don't have to blow dry or curl. Don't worry, it's not as great as it sounds :). I enjoy following you on Pinterest.

    Here is my Pinterest link if you're interested

    • January 17, 2013 / 1:55 pm

      I just found you on Pinterest and am following you now. I'm so happy to hear you let your natural curly hair air dry- it does sound like a dream to me. Sometimes I go to bed with wet hair, but it looks crazy in the morning, so I have to wear it in a pony tail the next day.

  11. January 17, 2013 / 1:55 pm

    Very pretty Megan! I shampoo everyday too – I just can't sleep at night after I workout and sweat if I don't wash it.

  12. January 17, 2013 / 1:59 pm

    Yeah I am a wash and dry everyday too. I can't wait til my hair is long enough to get the waves. I don't have a Pintrest account although I've noticed my mud room project has been pinned tons! Do I need an invitation from someone in order to have account?

    • January 17, 2013 / 2:05 pm

      Hi Bette, I don't think you need an invite any more. But be warned, Pinterest is addicting once you get an account!

  13. January 17, 2013 / 2:11 pm

    Thanks for posting! I have always wondered how people got those beautiful waves. I'm going to give this a try!

  14. January 17, 2013 / 2:40 pm

    It looks great on you! I tried curling my hair like this and it took me FOREVER but I loved the results. My husband even noticed! It looks great on you! I wash every 2-3 days, and dry shampoo in between, even though I workout everyday. I also notice that when I curl my hair it doesn't look so bad on the days that I don't wash/dry. My pinterest name is Laurin Search.

  15. January 17, 2013 / 2:44 pm

    Oooh I like it! I found when I started to curl my hair this way it took forever at the beginning. But…as you practice, you'll become super fast at it!
    I'm on Pinterest, you can follow me at:
    Alicia @ Keep it Beautiful

  16. January 17, 2013 / 2:53 pm

    Hey Megan! I think that looks awesome. I still clamp the hair in the curling iron but my hair's not really long enough to wrap around the iron. I'm a wash every other day schedule for my hair but am totally wondering about how to manage that with workouts too. Anyway, I'd love for you to check out my pinterest boards "christinevbrown" or my blog Thanks!

  17. January 17, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    From last January til about October I used to only wash my hair 2-3x/week. But now for some reason I'm back to every other day. I need to train my hair again, it's soo difficult. I really don't like my hair when it's not washed (flat, thin hair..)

  18. January 17, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    Love those curls! Cassie from Hi Sugarplum inspired me to finally stop washing my hair everyday. I bought some dry shampoo and that combined with hair-ties that don't leave big dents in my hair have been the keys for me. My hair is long and thick and is a hot mess when I wake up in the morning but if I brush it out it calms down before I have to leave the house. When I work out, I wear a thick headband at my hairline and tell myself that it absorbs the sweat before my roots do–don't know if that's actually happening, but the placebo effect is good enough for me : ) My pinterest name is Leah Buckley! : )

  19. January 17, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    Your hair looks great! I like to do the same thing with my hair before I go out on the weekends sometimes. I do it with my straightner though. You basically do the same thing you would with a curling iron. Clamp the straightner on your hair and twirl it as you move down (does that make sense? haha) and voila! Also, I LOVE your iPhone case.

  20. January 17, 2013 / 3:58 pm

    Looks great! Mine isn't quite long enough yet, and it is super straight!! I have to wash and dry mine every day or it would look like a limp dishrag! Katie has the most beautiful natural curls. She is always being asked what curling iron she uses!! LOL

  21. January 17, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    So cute! I wash every 4 days, I have thick, kind of wavy hair. I straighten usually, but love to curl on day 3 and then my favorite is the leftover curls on day 4. I always get compliments on it and when people ask what I did, I bite my tongue from saying "oh, I just haven't washed for 4 days", haha. It's true, but doesn't sound very nice πŸ™‚ That said, I also dry shampoo in between washes, dry shampoo is probably my favorite discovery ever.

  22. January 17, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    I haven't tried wrapping yet, but yours looks great! My hair is wavy and holds a curl well… but it's pretty short now. It will need a bit more length to get that kind of result. πŸ™‚

    Pinterest – (Laura Henri)

  23. January 17, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    I love watching hair tutorials!!! Great post! I'm a wash everyday girl too… Gotta in this Texas heat! When I want to curl my hair I sleep with it wet and its so much easier to curl in the morning, or if I have to wash in the morning I skip conditioner the day I curl. And I can't go clamp less πŸ™‚ I have the t3 wand but just am too clumsy and burn myself a lot! The glove is a little bulky for my taste… So I curl old school but leave the ends hang out. I also love the sock bun curl method! Worked great for me and got lots of compliments! Happy curling πŸ™‚

  24. January 17, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    AHH!! You look great! I just chopped 4 inches off of mine. LOL! I have to wash/dry/flatiron every day too. I just get super oily after day one. πŸ™ I have natural curls that aren't all the way curly so I have to tame them. I am on Pinterest as well, Shannon Shurtleff. πŸ™‚ I will pass the video to my teenager, she will adore these curls!

  25. January 17, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    Hey Megan! As I said on Instagram, I love your hair like this!! πŸ™‚

    I have naturally curly hair that I straighten. The first 2 days after a shampoo, I can wear my hair down, but by day three it's either in a ponytail or a topknot. I found the most AMAZING hair"spray" that keeps your hair feeling (and smelling) fresh for day 2 & beyond…it's the Aveda Air Control. It smells SO good & it just gives your hair the slightest "hold" once it begins to get limp. I think you'd love it!

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  26. January 17, 2013 / 4:29 pm

    I love hair tutorials!!! I'm also hooked on Huda makeup tutorials since you posted those awhile back too btw!!! But back to hair… I'm a wash everyday girl too! Gotta in this Texas heat! But I have found that the days I want to curl it there are a couple of things that help me… I'll sleep with it wet the night before or if I have to wash in the morning I'll skip conditioner that day… Sounds bad but helps the curl stay if its humid. I can't go clamp less πŸ™‚ too clumsy and my glove is a little bulky… So I use the clamp curling iron old school and just leave the ends out… Also speeds it up for me and cuts it from like 20 min to less than 10! I love the sock bun curling method too! I pinned it πŸ™‚

  27. January 17, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    Are there still people out there who AREN'T on Pinterest?! πŸ™‚

    I saw that hair tutorial, too. Super cute.

    Here's the link to my boards:

    I'm headin' over to stalk yours….

  28. January 17, 2013 / 5:08 pm

    It looks darling on you! I have two grown daughters who are MASTERS at those curls, and I just can't (for the life of me) get it to work quite as well on my hair … ah well. Love Pinterest – my name over there is pollydove. Thanks!

    • January 17, 2013 / 8:51 pm

      Ah, you need your daughters to do yours for you! πŸ™‚

  29. January 17, 2013 / 5:34 pm

    I found her on pinterest too! I plan on sharing a tutorial video of my own soon as well! My pinterest is I'm a freak — there's way too many pins on there! Makes me question my social life.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  30. January 17, 2013 / 5:37 pm

    I've curled my hair like this or similiar almost everyday for 3 years. I recently cut my bangs and now wear it really straight. A big difference and I'm still getting used to it. I am addicted to my curling iron.
    Pinterest is under KMKing81

  31. January 17, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    Your hair looks gorg!!! I still use the clamp when I curl my hair, I just prefer how it looks. I can go 4-5 days without washing my hair now, but I used to be and every other day washer and the third day hair was always nasty hair. It takes a bit of time to 'train' your hair to go 4-5 days, but with all the dry shampoo options out there now it's not that bad. And now third day hair is sometimes my best hair haha

    ps, I'm brittdouglas8 on Pinterest πŸ™‚

  32. January 17, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Okay so I bought a wand curling iron, but still haven't played with it enough to get those great waves. I need to get on that! and I still need to learn how to do the cute messy bun! I'm so behind and my hair looks the same EVERY DAY. You hair looks beautiful like that!

    • January 17, 2013 / 9:01 pm

      That dang messy bun took me way too long to master- and it's actually really simple once I got the hang of it. It's my favorite way to wear "dirty" hair or to the gym. I'm sure it will be like that at the pool this summer too!

  33. Emily A. Clark
    January 17, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    Ooooh, I think momma's getting a new hairdo today! πŸ™‚ I never wrap mine around the barrel either. I'll probably have burn marks on my arm but maybe I'll have nice waves to show for it!

    • January 17, 2013 / 1:38 pm

      I lost the little glove that came with one of my curling irons- I wish I had it now- too easy to burn your fingers if you're not careful!

  34. January 17, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    it turned out gorgeous!! Thank you so much for the feature!!!
    XOXO Cara

  35. January 17, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    Erin, I'm already a follower of yours! πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading here too!

  36. January 17, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    Thanks for this! I was working from home today since I had an eye dr appt and had a chance to try it. My eye dr got some fancy hair today! πŸ˜‰ I was a no clamp virgin before this and my eyes have seen the light! Not claming makes such pretty curls!!!

    Oh, BTW, I am Jaime Roszak in Pinterest and I am OBSESSED with it! πŸ™‚

    • January 17, 2013 / 8:53 pm

      Ha- looking hot for the eye doc- nice!! I'm going to find you on Pinterest . . .

  37. January 17, 2013 / 9:09 pm

    I love it…it looks great!
    I wash my hair every-single-day! I have to…I get super sweaty at the gym! I feel dirty if I don't! I take a shower after I put my little to bed, I use "It's a 10" leave in conditioner after I towel dry my hair, then I blow dry my hair mostly dry, usually my ends are still a little damp. Then it's bed time and I style my hair in about 30 minutes in the morning. πŸ™‚

  38. January 17, 2013 / 9:26 pm

    This is great! Will be getting some much needed mommy time at the salon tomorrow so I can't wait to try this out after!

  39. January 17, 2013 / 9:34 pm

    Your hair looks fantastic! I usually go 2-3 days between washing and just tried a dry shampoo spray that worked great on that 3rd day!

    Deme {Fresh Coat Of Paint} on Pinterest πŸ™‚

  40. January 17, 2013 / 9:46 pm

    Love it girl! You are absolutely gorgeous! That's how I do my hair almost everyday! I just started wearing it that way about 6 months ago and I get so many compliments! I have to do it about every other day. I'm with ya on the gym thing! Btw, I recently sat down last week and read Honey We're Healthy for about an hour! Not only have we fallen in love with the mexican casserole at our house, but I'm doing the Jamie Eaton Program. Currently on week 2 and seeing some great results already! You're a huge inspiration for me blog & style-wise, so now health-wise, too! Thanks for the inspiration!! xo ~ Virginia @ LiveLoveDIY

  41. Dream Mom
    January 17, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    I think it looks really nice; very feminine and pretty. I don't have long hair but wash my hair normally every other day. I did wash it every day when I worked out and was sweating. I don't think I go without washing it after sweating.

  42. Mary Ann at classicβ€’casualβ€’home
    January 17, 2013 / 4:45 pm

    Really pretty…time for a new look…my hair is so straight, hope it lasts.

  43. Traci
    January 17, 2013 / 5:15 pm

    It looks great! I can go 2-3 days between washes but only if I don't workout. Working out I'm an everyday washer. I spend about an hour between blowdrying, fixing & makeup. Too long!

  44. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    January 17, 2013 / 6:34 pm

    I'm wavy most of the time — and just starting using a clampless iron…feel like such a dork with the glove, but it's essential!! You look gorgeous!

    • January 17, 2013 / 9:01 pm

      Pretty sure I threw my glove away- dang it! Maybe I can just buy a new one?? It does look silly though . . .

  45. January 18, 2013 / 12:52 am

    I have naturally curly hair, so if/when I straighten it I usually blow it out and then do the big wavy curls because my hair never actually gets "straight." Your hair looks great in the photo…how long did the curls stay in? My pinterest name is .

  46. January 18, 2013 / 1:09 am

    Hi! I already follow you on Pinterest and Instagram. My username is myroseamongthorns

    I'm Aaryn, new to blogging at and appreciate all tips and advice!

    Love your blogs, your work, and you are a total inspiration!

  47. January 18, 2013 / 1:43 am

    Your hair came out great! I've seen that floating around on Pinterest. I am a S&D stylist as well (follow you on Instagram and saw the great news) so if you ever want to say hello or ask questions, shoot me an email. πŸ™‚ oh, and my Pinterest name is Katie Fitzgerald if you want to follow…


    • January 18, 2013 / 3:18 am

      Hi Katie, I emailed you! Thanks for reaching out!

  48. January 18, 2013 / 2:53 am

    Megan, there is a great idea I got from Pinterest months ago that works great for me. It is called "The No Heat Curls". Basically I blow dry my hair at night, wrap it up, sleep on it, pull out the hair band in the morning and its pretty much done. I just finish it off with a curling iron on the ends. I follow you on Pinterest and I am listed under Megan Lisiecki (

    • January 18, 2013 / 2:58 am

      That would be really good- much healthier for your hair.

  49. January 18, 2013 / 3:04 am

    Megan, forgot to tell you..(I am actually a hairstylist- for whatever that's worth) try spraying each section w/ Redken "spray starch" wonders! And I am Holli Hager on Pinterest…have a board full of Hair Ideas;)

  50. January 18, 2013 / 3:13 am

    Looks great on you. I'm in the process of growing out my hair right now. Ugh!!

    Follow me on Pinterest! Elyseclower

  51. January 18, 2013 / 3:18 am

    I think I'm following everyone now! So excited to see your boards! πŸ™‚

  52. January 18, 2013 / 3:39 am

    Love the waves! I'm a big fan of my 3-barrel waver, but have been wanting to try getting waves this way too! I'm Amanda Weston on Pinterest! Check out my boards!:)

    • January 18, 2013 / 3:41 am

      Can you please send me the link- there's so many Amanda Westons!

  53. January 18, 2013 / 4:16 am

    Hi Megan, I have long, thick, curly hair. I wash it once to twice a week. My hair looks better a few days after I shampoo. I stumbled upon Cara's tutorial a few months back and tried her technique. My curls look awesome when I follow her instructions. It is more time consuming than the way I normally curl it though. Your hair turned out really nice! BTW, I love your blog!!! It's one of my favs! You can follow me on pinterest at

  54. January 18, 2013 / 4:37 am

    My daughters and I all have naturally curly hair that we straighten every day. I just started working out so I have to shampoo/conditioner every day that I exercise.

    My Pinterest is

  55. Michelle @ Ten June
    January 17, 2013 / 10:47 pm

    So pretty!! Wish I could try it… my hair won't hold curl : ( I was hoping I'd be one of those girls whose hormones went crazy post-pregnancy and ended up with curly hair… still stick straight!

  56. January 18, 2013 / 12:29 pm

    Hi, Megan. Your hair looks fabulous!! I'm going to try this myself. I love reading your always have such great tips/ideas/motivation. You are a great role model. Thanks for sharing! I follow you on instagram and pinterest. My pinterest username is:

    • January 18, 2013 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks so much Marina. I found your Pinterest boards and am following you now- I love what it says in your profile- simplicity and positivity!

  57. Chic Coastal Living
    January 18, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    You hair looks great the more you practice the easier it becomes! XOXO I wish I could go 5 days with out washing but in Miami it gets hot and with exercising I feel I need to wash my hair almost everyday. I do love to curl my hair though its faster than using the flat iron.

  58. January 18, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    Looks cute! I saw you post it on instagram and thought it turned out really great.
    I'm in the wash/blowdry every day category also. I just can't stand the way it feels after I exercise so I have to- I don't know how some women cannot, but maybe I sweat too much?! haha
    I'm a huge pinterest user…best way to pass the time. πŸ™‚ My username is EjTrout

  59. January 18, 2013 / 8:23 pm

    Your hair looks awesome. Where did you get your phone cover? Thanks!

  60. January 18, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    I bought one of those curling wands (without a glove) and burnt a few fingers the first time I used it! Love the waves, just have to get used to doing it.
    I love your blog and follow you on Pinterest. I'm at

  61. January 20, 2013 / 3:34 pm

    I actually skip any sort of curling iron/hair dryer. Instead, I use a dab of Kevin Murphy's Easy Rider and the twirl grouped strands with my fingers while my hair is damp and air dry.

  62. January 21, 2013 / 6:36 am

    i just got a new haircut so i will see how long it takes me to style. my hairdresser did wavy curls with a flat iron in about 3 minutes on my super thick hair, i wish i was that quick!
    i love your blog, i'm a new follower
    my pinterest name is abbey bernardi
    i'm also on instagram, are you?
    hope you are having a great weekend!

  63. January 22, 2013 / 3:25 am

    I love the waves! It looks so good. You are not the only person who still uses the curling iron clamp. I definitely need to try this look. I wash my hair every day. I have an oily scalp and it's so gross if I don't wash it. My hair stylist agreed its a must for me. I'm on pinterest. I'm Leigh Furline.

  64. January 22, 2013 / 3:58 am

    I usually curl mine using the wand and it stays like that for several days. I can't wash mine everyday bc it's pretty dry. It takes a while initially but is nice to not ave to fix after that! My Pinterest name is Leah Opitz. (I'm in Katy too)

  65. January 24, 2013 / 2:13 am

    LOVE the big wavy curls! My Pinterest is caitlin_hamlin!

  66. January 27, 2013 / 4:36 pm

    You're not the last person, trust me! I hate curling my hair that way because it takes so long (I have a lot of hair!). You also might try Suave Dry Shampoo to get an extra day out of your hair. Working out definitely cuts into how long I can go without washing but this definitely helps!! πŸ™‚

  67. February 5, 2013 / 6:02 pm

    I'm crystalinthebay on Pinterest!

  68. February 5, 2013 / 6:05 pm

    I am actually catching up on your posts and surfing Pinterest at the same time! I'm crystalinthebay πŸ™‚

  69. February 22, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    Hi! I am a new reader, I just discovered your blog, and love it πŸ™‚
    I DO curl my hair this way, and it works better for me, especially, because my hair is so fine that the clamp used to leave a noticeable
    dent if I wasn't careful. Your hair look great!!
    I agree! If I workout that day, I definitely wash my hair.
    Otherwise, dry shampoo works great, but I only can go every other, or MAYBE every 3rd day.
    Nice to meet you!
    Check out my blog, too, if you'd like.

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