How to curl your hair with sticks


How to curl your hair with sticksFor straight haired people, curly hair is something they desperately desire and if it wasn’t for the damage, they would curl it everyday. However, in these days there are more and more methods for making hair curly using less damaging alternatives, and today I want to show you one of them.

It’s about how to curl your hair with sticks, and fortunately, there isn’t just one way to do this, but several, so the good part is that, in case you don’t really like one, you can try another one, which will surely satisfy you. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, let’s get straight to the point.


     1. Curly hair with foam stick rollers

This is a very simple and fast method to get curly hair, and it’s perfect for people who don’t have too much time to style their hair and curl it manually. Another great thing about it is that it doesn’t use any heat, so you won’t be damaging your hair at all.

How to do it

How to curl your hair with sticks1. The easiest way to curl your hair with stick rollers is to do it on recently washed hair, so right after taking a shower would be the perfect time. Blow dry your hair or let it dry naturally, it’s up to you, just make sure it’s 80% dry before you start adding the foam sticks.

2. Section your hair in 2 parts, one in the left and one in the right, and tie them so that you can work easily.

3. Start with one of the parts, by sectioning a smaller part of it. Then add a foam stick and roll the small part of hair around it. The foam sticks are very flexible, so it will be easy to twist them so that they hold your hair around them.

4. Continue to section that half of hair in several small pieces, just like you did previously, and add the stick roller in the same way, rolling your hair around it.

5. After you finish with one of  the 2 parts of your hair, continue with the other one, doing the same things: section your hair in several small parts and apply the roller to each.

6. Once you finish, let the rollers sit for 15-20 minutes (or more if you have time). Remember, the more you let them sit, the tighter your curls will be.

7. After these 15-20 minutes, get the stick rollers off and brush your hair. It may not look very nice and the beginning, and by this I mean that the curls may look unnatural, but after brushing your hair, they’ll look much better.


I’m not a huge fan of this method, simply because I don’t like these loose curls, I prefer the tighter, more natural ones. But it’s about each person’s taste, so…

Of course that the results of this method depend first of all of your hair type. If you have wavy or natural curly hair, the curls you’ll get will be very tight and if your hair is usually straight, they may be much looser and last for a shorter period.

Anyway, as it’s a “heat free” method, the results may not be the best in the world, and that’s available for the lasting time too. But the biggest advantage is that it’s a very simple method, which you can use after every wash, without fearing you may be damaging your hair.

I know that the theory is much easier than the practice, so I attached here a video from YouTube, whose steps are exactly the same. You can take a look at it, as it will probably be easier to understand.



     2. Curly hair with straws

You may have heard of this method before, as it’s been very popular lately and I’ve seen it in many of my friends.

Although the results are really tight curls, the method is really difficult when it comes to time, because you need a lot of work to roll your hair around those straws (especially if you have long, thick hair) and you also have to let it sit for some hours.

So it is quite a difficult way, but there are some people willing to do it.

How to do it

How to curl your hair with sticks1. I advise you to do it on wet hair rather than on damp hair, because the curls will last longer and better. So before blow drying your hair, section it in smaller parts.

2. Begin with the front, and roll the small part of hair around the first straw. You can start from any length you want, but keep in mind that starting from top means getting curly hair right from top (obviously).

3. The procedure isn’t hard, after rolling the first part of hair around the straw, tie the top and the end of the straw with a hair pin, making sure it holds your hair twisted around it.

4. Do this with all the sectioned parts (it will take a while).

5. After you finish, either let your hair stay like this for a couple of hours (2-3) or blow dry it, in case you want to speed things up a bit. However, after you blow it dry, let it sit for at least an hour, so that the curls get the pattern you want.

6. After this period, you can gently remove the straws, taking care you won’t pull your hair. The curls should have a very tight pattern.

7. I usually brush my hair because it looks like I have 3 strands of hair in my head (I’m exaggerating, of course, but it still doesn’t look very well). After brushing it, it has a lot more volume and it looks quite nice, especially if your hair is straight, because for curly hair it’s a bit too much.


How to curl your hair with sticksOverall, this method is great for people who want very curly hair because it has great results, but the work you pay is pretty hard. It can actually take up to a full day doing all that stuff, so for me it’s not really the best solution, plus that I don’t like those kind of curls, they look to unnatural to me…

Anyway, if you want to try it, I’ve also attached here a video to make things easier. But don’t do what that girl does and brush your hair after removing the straws, it will look much better 🙂



3. Curly hair with crayons and flat iron

That’s definitely my favorite method for curls, because it’s really simple, very effective and incredibly fast. The only downside is that is uses heat, so there is a possibility to damage your hair. In case you want to do it on a regular basis, make sure you use a lot of protection sprays, hair masks and conditioners that will protect and repair your hair.

How to do it

How to curl your hair with sticks1. In this case your hair must be absolutely dry, and by this I mean that it doesn’t have to be damp or a bit wet, because this method will easily harm it in this way.

2. Turn on your hair straightener and divide your hair in small sections. The bigger the sections are, the loosen your curls will be.

3. Roll one of these sections around a crayon and press on it with the flat iron for a few seconds. You can immediately get the hair off the crayon and see how tight the curls are. If you want looser curls, you can tie several crayons together and roll the hair around them, and the curls will become looser.

4. Do the same thing with each section of your hair, and take it off the crayon as you finish. There is no need of letting it sit for more time, because you are using heat and that’s a stronger way than just curling your hair without heat.

5. You can brush your hair or run your fingers through it to get a more natural aspect.


How to curl your hair with sticksThat’s my favorite procedure so far because it’s extremely easy (you can finish in about 10 minutes) and if you take care of your hair properly, there won’t be any visible damage.

As usual, I’ve attached a video to help you understand better what exactly you have to do in this method. The girl from this video is using aluminium foil for protection, which is a great solution, but it will probably take more time than double, so it’s up to you if you use it or not.




If you want to find a rapid and convenient way to curl your hair, this is right what you’ve been looking for.

You can go for a quick, foam sticks curling but unfortunately, this won’t get you the most beautiful curls, nor the most resistant ones. Straw curling is also an option, especially if you’re willing to spend a lot of time working on your “heat free” curly hair. And if you afford using a bit of heat, the crayon method would be the best option.

I really hope I managed to provide some useful info in this post, so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me by writing a comment below, and I will gladly help you. 😀


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