Hair Tutorial. How to curl with a Straightener. #curlyhair #glam #sandrabullock

I must say this is my "go to" hair doo for a night on the tiles but when I saw Sandra Bullocks Oscars style I thought hers just seemed much ....nicer and had to up my game for my own posh night out blog here Oscars and Glam Nights.
 After I posted a photo on instragram and said she was my inspiration, one of her fan sites sent me this picture!!!

I was so chuffed and I've since had several requests for this hair tutorial. I will say now that I am NOT a hairdresser I have worked in salons but as a Beauty Therapist but I learnt how to do this from my hairdresser Steph at Jem. I much prefer it when she does it...isn't that always the case though, but that's not always an option, so I will show you how I do it at home. 

As usual I had no one around to take pictures so it was a bit of a nightmare, I apologise for the quality, lack of make up and ridiculous faces being pulled now. 

Here goes nothing!


Products - from the start to the finish, it is important that you pick the correct products for your hair and for this style volume will be needed. I wont go into brands as I'm a bit of a product whore and like to change about but personally my hair is very thick and frizzy so I used my normal "smoothing" shampoo and conditioner or it would have been out of control but if you have poker straight hair I wouldn't use conditioner on this style as it will just employ gravity to drop the curls immediately.

Hair sections - I couldn't do this with a straightener for ages and used to straighten it and then use a curler...I know backwards. However my mistake was the size of the section I was curling, what I thought was a small amount actually needed to be halved. I thought it would take forever to do smaller sections but I was curling the larger sections a few times so it works out quicker if you do it right the first time.

You will need

Wash your hair, towel dry and comb out any tangles with a wide comb.

7am no make up...delighted.

Apply some product through the hair that protect again heat and add volume - something like a volume cream/mousse is ideal. This is essential for volume, hold and texture.

Section your hair off below the ear - I did this in 5 layers for an idea of amount and I just used a bobble to hold the rest of my hair up in a twist....told you I'm not a real hairdresser.

Take a round barrel brush and dry sections of the hair by twisting the brush round and pulling down the hair...can be tricky but after a few sections you get used to it. It wont look pretty now but this will give loads of volume at the roots.

Keep taking down sections and drying them like that until its all bone dry. Have your straighteners hot and ready.

Next week HAGRID!

Then start again and using a comb section your hair off in a layer below the ear. Take a small section of the hair.

This is wrong.
 Its too much, it shouldn't be loads wider at the top

This is right. 
More like a ruler, even at both ends.

Place the starightner at the top of the section, close it as normal but then twist it around 180 degrees so the hair twists.

Then pull down the hair, the way I would describe it is like curling ribbon on a scissor edge. I also hold the end of the hair section taught until the straightener travels to my fingers. Then release.

You should have a smooth curl. I then with each curl twist it round my finger just to set it a bit more. If your hair is very straight naturally I would also hairspray as you go but I just spray each layer rather than each curl. 

Just keep going until the whole layer is curled. Then let down another layer, section, curl, repeat and keep going to the last layer.

When you get to the top and last layer decide where you want your parting. Personally I wear mine in the middle so I always do this even though this style is on the side. I prefer to curl it completely with a middle parting then when I comb it over on a side parting it has a bit more volume again. 

Part on the side, pull over and comb with your fingers at the top. If yours is a little frizzy or needs extra smoothing feel free to run the straighteners over the front bit. If your hair is long enough like mine sweep the rest over one shoulder and use a few pins at the nape to secure.


Nah right side.

For the true Sandra Bullock style use a bit of smoothing cream or serum to finish and make extra sleek, don't over do it though or it will be too greasy. Give a final spritz of hair spray. 

This is for my Granddad who says "You can smile with your teeth in photos you know!"

Thanks for watching, hope it all makes sense but feel free to contact me with questions.

If you really cant manage it and fancy a treat all the girls at Jem can hook you up for about £20 so get in touch here.

Ash xox  


  1. You do look like Sandra Bullock.. :D Love this post like I love eating pancakes!!

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