Hair Tutorial: Get Perfect Waves with a Curling Iron


The video below is me demonstrating how I get a perfect wave with my curling iron. I also use the entire iron, wrapping my hair around the clamp as well.

Disclaimer: the first video I shot {which really showed my hair before; straight, unbrushed} was corrupt. I tried it over and over again {thus my late post} and finally I just trashed it. So this tutorial starts midway through the curl and I apologize for that.

This tutorial is done on second day dirty hair which air dried… I use a Hot Tools 1 inch barrel curling iron.

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* Photos: part of this dress up post and I waved my hair in this video specifically for it.



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Gwen

    December 7, 2008 |

    Thank you so much for the tutorial!!! I have extremely stick straight super thin hair that sucks when it comes to holding curl. I have to wash it every day because it is so thin and I have to blow dry it or it looks stringy. I have a Christmas party next Friday night and I’m going to try your wave technique. Hopefully it will turn out. Otherwise everyone at work will think I’m crazy. 🙂

  • Holly

    December 7, 2008 |

    im so trying this! thank you!! also, im SOO excited to see your LOUBS!!

    p.s. i got a weird spam email today and in it, it said that he got my profile from weird huh?

  • jaime

    December 7, 2008 |

    YOU are gorgeous and your hair too! 🙂

  • Douchegirl

    December 7, 2008 |

    I love your blog, your hair and this tutorial!

    I think I’ll ttry it out and see what happens.

  • Mrs.D

    December 7, 2008 |

    Great video. I will try that tomorrow. Unfortunately, I’m cirsed with thinnish, straight, fine, hair that doesn’t like to curl, so I hope this will do the trick. I’ve been going from the bottom of the hair and curling up so this will be much healthier on my poor dry ends.

  • Megan

    December 7, 2008 |

    I am so jealous of your long hair. And I totally laughed when you said when you get your hair done at the salon it isn’t greasy for like 5 days..haha.

  • Clutterina

    December 7, 2008 |

    Must try! I’m in need of change, so this came at a good time 🙂

  • Wep

    December 7, 2008 |

    iMovie has to make it fuzzy so that the video will fit on utube 🙁 The fuzziness happens when they make it smaller…

  • Miss_Red

    December 7, 2008 |

    Great tutue, I will definitely be trying this out during the week! You make it look so easy 🙂

  • Maki

    December 7, 2008 |


    I’m soo bad at creating wavy hair, so your hair to’s will help me big time!!!

    Thnaks so much, Maegan:)

    You’re so beautiful…

  • Leigh

    December 7, 2008 |

    you. have. amazing. hair.

  • bianca

    December 7, 2008 |

    How adorable are you?! I love that you did this. I’ve read about this technique in magazines and attempted it but I really had no idea what I was doing. I’m so glad you made this video because it totally makes sense. I’m so excited to try it!!!

  • Anonymous

    December 7, 2008 |

    How beautiful is your hair….sigh…

  • Bambola

    December 7, 2008 |

    Fantastic tutorial! I might just have to get a curler to try this!

    Also – with what Holly said – I got the same email too… strange.

  • Maegan

    December 7, 2008 |

    that spam thing is so weird. what does it say? Eew!

  • chocandcinnamon

    December 7, 2008 |

    U really have nice hair 😀

  • Emma

    December 7, 2008 |

    I would pay millions to have a hair like yours!
    I’ve natural curly hair, so I have to fix it every day…

  • cruxine

    December 7, 2008 |

    I have really short hair so I don’t really care about the waving, but this video was eye candy :p

  • SassyTwoSocks

    December 7, 2008 |

    Nice. This is great! Thanks!

  • ~Trish~

    December 7, 2008 |

    Very cute! Your so fun!!

  • Couture Carrie

    December 7, 2008 |

    Zexy!!! Will def. be trying – you have THE most fabulous hair, M!


  • Meghan

    December 7, 2008 |

    Definately going to try today, thanks for the tutorial. And you’re adorable and hot at the same time!

  • Holly

    December 7, 2008 |

    maegan-it was really short. like “lets get togehter, i saw your profile at lovemaegen and id like to meet, blah blah blah”
    but its not my email associated with my blog, so maybe from the tote bag contest? i think we listed our emails there. anyway, its no big, just wanted to tell ya!

  • Hot Bot

    December 7, 2008 |

    Oooooh, Loubs 🙂

    Your hair is always fantastic, too bad mine is too short to try your tutorial for myself.

  • Leigh

    December 7, 2008 |

    I have never even thought about curling from the top of the hair and then wrapping it around the barrel like that. What happened to me.. Well I am doing that today!

    You are so adorable.

    Cant wait to see the new Louboutin’s!!!!

  • Anonymous

    December 8, 2008 |

    You are fabulous Maegan! Thank you so much for the video.

  • Mrs. S

    December 8, 2008 |

    Love that! Thanks for doing!

    P.S. You are so cute and funny on your videos!

  • Peter

    December 8, 2008 |

    I’ve learned… so much.

  • Rachel

    December 8, 2008 |

    I learned a lot about curling my hair now; I would have never known that wrapping secret; I still was doing it “ol school”. What kind of curling iron do you use and do you use any hairspray? Mine is sooo thick and the humidity here in FL is awful so it will fall w/o spray.

  • Maegan

    December 8, 2008 |

    The curling iron is Hot Tools …there’s a link in the post and my favorite hair spray is Bed Head in the purple bottle. Love it!

  • Lump

    December 8, 2008 |

    HELL YES! Thanks so much. You already know that I am in love with your hair! Now let’s see if I can do this. 🙂

  • Bella

    December 8, 2008 |

    I might have try this… no not might… I’m going to.


  • Jennifer Ramos

    December 8, 2008 |

    My hair is naturally wavy already but sometimes I just want a more interesting wave and I just use a flat IRON…twist my hair around two finger – slide the hair out and place it carefully into flat iron…
    I know that may be hard to understand….cute vid either way.. : )

    Jen Ramos
    ‘100% Recycled DESIGNER Cards & More’

  • Anonymous

    December 9, 2008 |

    Cool video-helpful! You are very fortunate to have such thick nice hair. I have puffy hair that just won’t grow past my shoulders. I take vitamins and try to eat foods that are good for hair growth. Unfortunately, I have resorted to hair extentions. I know extentions are not good for the hair but if I don’t have them, my hair looks awful 🙁 Expensive, bad for my hair- it’s a vicious circle!

  • Songy

    December 9, 2008 |

    I must get one of those curlers then! 🙂

  • stilettostetico

    December 9, 2008 |

    Woooooow Roaring GLAMour !!! The combination haughy presence / bare back (and such a subtle carnal unveiling !!!) / caressing mane / sulfurous RED soles is mesmerizing “in She-Devil” !!!

    à Bientôt, Antoine

  • Cali Girl

    December 15, 2008 |

    i have super thick and long hair too. the difference with us though is… yours looks good if you just let it dry natural. i cant do that, its too frizzy and has a gross course texture if i dont do something so it ends up being thrown in a messy bun. but you … have super pretty hair. thanks for showing me how you curl your hair. i also start at the base but your way may save a little time.. i will have to try it! thank you!

  • Jamie

    December 19, 2008 |

    I’m so behind on my reader which is why this comment is like a week later but whatever.

    Thanks for this. I love the curl you can get with your hair. My hair is about your length, maybe a bit longer but it’s super super straight and thin. I couldn’t get it to hold curl for the life of me but I’m going to try this.

    Fingers crossed!

  • ♥jordan

    January 14, 2009 |

    your gorgeous!
    and i lovelovelove your blog 🙂

  • Elizabeth Marie

    February 11, 2009 |

    Unbeweavable dahhling! 🙂

    I’m going to duplicate this for Valentines Day!
    Confession-I usually get my hair done but I’m sick of spending the dough. I’d rather have shoes. xoxo

  • Snarky A.

    March 21, 2009 |

    I absolutely loved this!
    Thank you, and your gorgeous hair!


  • Jayci

    May 5, 2009 |

    Okay – so I’ve been meaning to watch your tutorials (I just watched all of 2.5 of them!) and I loved them! I love love your wavy hair and have never been able to figure out how everyone does it and so I’m excited to give it a try and I love you side bun. I’ve never seen it done here in good ol’ Utah so I’ll be excited to be the first. & it was fun seeing you “live” – your so cute! Thanks!

  • hair accessories

    May 26, 2009 |

    Great video! I love your curl hair. I’m sure that it will look more beautiful if you will put hair accessories on it.

    Thank you so much Maegan for the video:)

  • Liisa-Andra

    October 24, 2009 |

    WOW! Your hair looks amazing! Nice tutorial. 🙂

  • Closet Cravings

    November 1, 2009 |

    Your hair looks absolutely beautiful in this video. It is so messy pretty. I have really long, thick hair too. I love that you are lazy about blow drying your hair too – I’m not alone!!! =)

    BTW- you have such a pretty little laugh.

  • Lauren

    November 25, 2009 |


    Well…you might not answer this for awhile since you originally posted this like a year ago…but I’ll ask anyway…

    When you curl your hair like this–do you clip any of it up and curl in sections? From the video it doesn’t look like you do–or do you the top first then the bottom? I know these seem strange-ish questions–but I do have similar hair (long, thick, and lots of it) and normally I have to clip it up and do it in sections…it takes FOREVER though…suggestions?

    (I know you may never respond because this is an old post…thought I’d give it a go though)

    Love the Hair-tos! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • theritts

    November 7, 2010 |

    I’ve been meaning to watch this for weeks and finally just got to! My hair texture & thickness is just like yours…just waiting for it to get a bit longer. Thanks for giving me a solution to avoid “old school” hair curling. ha! I’m new to the whole “longhair” thing!

    Kaneil, The Ritts

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