Hair How-To: {Tousled Curls}

First of all, I struggled for a good eight minutes trying to figure out how to spell tousled because stinkin' Microsoft Word kept autocorrecting it, no matter how I spelled it. I finally settled on "tousled". If it ain't right, my apologies. I never claimed this was a mistake-free blog.

Please accept me, typos and all.

So what were we talking about? Oh, yes. Hair. Of the Tousled or Touseled variety.

I was going to originally post this under Trend Watch Wednesday, but this hairstyle has been hot-hot-hot for quite a while now. Thus, I’m not really sure it qualifies as a “trend”.

I tried some undone curls this past weekend and really liked how they turned out. After I walked out into the wind and humidity, my curls became waves, but honestly this made me like the style even more!

I’m no hair expert, so I’m leaving it to my favorite hairstyling video vixen LolaMarie7. She has the BEST hair tutorials out there and she’s super cute! I learned how to do my own undone curls/waves from this tutorial:

Not sure what brands of things that Lola uses, but I use all of the following to achieve my curls:

In case you learn better through step by step instructions, here’s a guide of how to get undone curls for yourself.

1. Start by spraying your whole head lightly with an iron guard. I prefer CHI’s 4A Iron Guard to protect against heat styling damage.

2. Next, section off your hair using a sturdy clip, like the Croc Clips featured above. I like to start with the bottom-most section of my hair.

3. To create a “curl”, grab a one-inch section of hair and using the curling iron or flat iron curl the hair away from the face. You’ll want to concentrate on the bottom four inches of the hair section, leaving the top few inches straight. This creates a much more modern wave than the traditional Shirley Temple curls…eep!

4. Repeat Step #3 all over your head through all of the sections until your whole head is done. If you have bangs, try sweeping them to the side or leaving them straight. Avoid curling super short layers or bangs as, once again, this can get really juvenile looking.

5. Finally, run your fingers through all of the curls to break them up and give them that undone look that is soooo hot right now.

6. I like to finish it off by lightly teasing my ‘do at the crown and around my side part to give my style extra volume.

7. Seal the deal with a quick mist of hairspray like my personal fav, Redken Forceful 23.

Clockwise left to right: Gretchen Rossi, Chanel Iman, Audrina Patridge, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Kerr,
all via Google Images.

This style works best with medium to thick hair, with normal to coarse texture, (very thin or fine hair tends to not hold curl as well.)

Lucky for me, my hair is similar in texture and thickness to that of an Alpaca. Therefore, this style works well for me.

Shoulder length hair or longer works best with any type of curl styling, as do hair cuts with lots of layers, which create fun dimension throughout the style.

Have fun touseling! Or touseleing!

Be blessed, lovelies-


  1. I'm better with step by step directions so Thank You! My hair is getting long enough now to do this and maybe it will stop me from putting it into a ponytail for the 5th straight day!

  2. Love it...thanks! :)

    I think my hair might be a little too short for this yet but I will give it a try!

  3. Love this! I recently tried to curl my hair like this and ended up with the banana curl and needless to say I ended up putting it in a ponytail. Thanks for posting this!

  4. so pretty! thanks for this great tutorial. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  5. looks great on you! my best friend is a hairstylist, and swears by those Croc Clips. i'll have to get her to try this style on me next time i see her ;)

  6. I have fine hair and I wish it would hold a curl better! If I have high enough heat and curl it tighter (so when it falls out it's about the right wave) I can get there, but a lot of times it doesn't work out. Hairspray makes it fall out faster sometimes. Ugh, I will keep trying, it's my favorite style right now!


  7. Tousling, surely?

    Love this style...as my hair waves naturally it's a doddle for me to achieve. :) Much more fun than poker straight, which takes hours!


  8. You look gorgeous girl and I love this look - you most definitely figured it out! All of the muses have gorgeous hair.

  9. I've been a recent convert of this style, and I love it! Great post!

  10. just found you and love it here.

    oh and you are making me miss my long locks something fierce.

  11. You look so pretty. LOVE this tutorial!

  12. Great tutorial!! I am a terrible curler and am always looking for new techniques! Thanks!


  13. Love this post!! I'm going to check out more of her YouTube tutorials!

    Also - if you click on "show more" on the video (if you're on the actual YouTube site) it lists the products she used!

  14. From one blonde to another, great blog :) Consider me your newest follower! I love the soft curl look, it's my go-to when I need something more interesting.


  15. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for introducing me to LolaMarie7!! Hers is the hair I try to get my stylist to give me every 2 months, but it never quite works out that way. Now I've got something to send her :)

    Love your blog!

  16. Mildly obsessed after finding your blog thru a friend of a friend etc etc. I love your posts! Interesting and enjoyable. Keep ' em coming please! :)

  17. Love the tip! I'm always trying to figure out a great way to fix my hair.


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