Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I’ve Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life + Jose Eber Curling Wand Giveaway!!

Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels

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I know, I know.  I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years, and I’m FINALLY getting around to sharing a hair tutorial.  First of all I have to say that until this past year, I had been completely curling my hair wrong my entire life!  I have always curled it all the same direction and would end up with one big curl that I kept having to separate.  But these few little secrets below will actually make your hair look even thicker, more natural and help your mermaid curls last longer!  For this tutorial I am using the Jose Eber Clipless Curling Wand Trio.  It comes with 3 different sized barrels, and I use the largest, the 1.5 inch.  I’ve been using this wand for at least 4 years now, and I am obsessed.  It’s the only curling wand I’ve ever used.  It heats up super fast and didn’t take very long for me to get used to it (for newbies use a glove the first few tries!)  P.S.  Make sure to keep reading after the mermaid curls tutorial because I will be giving away the same curling wand I use in the tutorial and there is also a video!

Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
I usually wash my hair at night and just let it air dry, but since I was short on  time when filming this, I washed my hair the morning of and then blow-dried it.  I do use a little of this light oil on the ends to smooth it.  I apply it while my hair is wet and then let it dry.  I have naturally wavy hair so I usually have a headful of wavy hair to work with, but since I blow-dried it, it is fairly straight.  I love curling my hair after it has air dried for a couple reasons.  First of all, I would rather work with my natural texture – wavy – than against it, and the wave helps with the mermaid curls.  Second of all, the texture seems to help hold the curls a little better after it’s been air dried instead of blow dried smooth.  After my hair is dry, I part my hair down the middle and put half of my hair on one side and the other half on the other.  I know some people like to clip their hair up and only focus on one section at a time, but I prefer to just do it all and work my way from top to bottom, right to left.
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Think of your hair as having 4 quadrants.  Quadrant 1 is the top half of the right side.  Quadrant 2 is the bottom half of the right side.  Quadrant 3 is the top half of the left side.  And quadrant 4 is the bottom half of the left side.  After my hair is sectioned off, I grab about a 1-1.5 inch section from the right top side.  Then I skip that little section for now.  See above.  That straight strand hanging down in the front is the section I skip.  I like to save my 2 front face framing pieces for last.  Then I move to the piece behind it in quadrant 1.  This piece will be curled away from your face.  When you get to them, you will also be curling the piece we skipped away from your face, and you will do the same thing on the left side too.  I usually slide the wand all the way up to the root and then just wrap the hair around it until you get about 2 inches from the bottom of the hair and then I stop.  I leave the bottom part of the hair out to give it more of a natural loose mermaid curls look instead of tight curls all the way down.
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Then I move to quadrant 2, the bottom of the right side.  And I do the opposite of what I did for the first piece.  Instead of curling the hair away from my face, I curl it into my face.  I alternate so that your entire hair doesn’t just curl into itself where you’re left with one big ringlet.  I love the way the mermaid curls look, and it also makes your hair look even thicker than curling it all the same direction I think.  Then I move back up the next top piece in quadrant 1 and curl that one towards my face (since the first piece was away from my face.)  Then for the direct piece below it, I curl that one away from my face.  The next top piece would go away from my face.  And for the bottom piece, it would curl towards my face.
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
After you curl each piece, gently let the curl slide off the wand and hold the curl in your hand for 1-2 seconds.  This will help “set” the curl so that it will hold longer.  Then release it and go to the next section.  Not everyone does this, but I swear by it (as I’m sitting here today at work with 6 day hair.)  I’m not very big on products, but if you are, feel free to spray some hairspray or other product on each section of hair either before or after curling.
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Got it?  Then just keep repeating until you’ve finished all the hair on the right side.  Then start on the left side doing the same thing.  With the first section, curl it away from your face.  For the bottom piece, curl it towards your face and so on until you’ve finished that entire side too.  After you finish, take your favorite flatiron out and pull it through the bottom 3-4 inches of your hair to straighten out the ends.  I like to do this to give it more of a un-perfect look and keep it looking natural.  You can really tell above in the first picture for reference.  = )
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Next you will curl those 2 front pieces away from your face that we saved for last.  I curl them exactly like the others, except I ususally start just a little lower down from the root – about 3 inches. Then grab your blowdryer and blast all of your hair on the cool setting for about 10-15 seconds.  This will help set those mermaid curls too and make them last even longer.  Then you will want to comb your fingers through your hair.  This will help loosen them up a bit to give them more of a loose and natural look.  It is up to you how loose you want to make them.  Some people even brush through them some.  I usually go about 5 days between washing though, so I like to keep my mermaid curls a little tighter so I never have to curl them again until after I wash my hair again.
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High HeelsMermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
That’s a wrap! This might have been a little long to read (or long to watch on the video below), but it honestly only takes about 15 minutes.  I’ve cut down my hair curling time in half by using the curling wand.  I also do fairly thick pieces of hair at a time.  So what do you think of my mermaid curls tutorial?  Have you curled your hair like this before?  Have you used a curling wand before and what did you think?  P.S.  Make sure to head below to enter to win your own curling wand trio!
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels
Mermaid Curls Tutorial: How I've Been Curling My Hair Wrong My Entire Life by fashion blogger Walking in Memphis in High Heels

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  1. No, I have never used a curling wand before but wanting to try it out since I have natural curly hair…this seems like it would make larger curls and frame my face.

  2. I have not tried a curling wand yet, but have wanted to!! I use a regular curling iron so when I use it as a wand, it leaves a line where the clamp is.

  3. Great tips, I definitely need to try this method!

  4. Never tried a curling wand… but I NEED too!!

  5. I love these curls! I have a smaller curling wand that isn't cutting it for the look I want!

  6. When I wear my hair down, I almost always curl it to some degree.

    (Rosie A)

  7. My hair HATES being curled so I'll have to try a wand and see if that would help!

  8. I haven't – but I want to try!

  9. Rosa R

    I've used one before but mostly use my flat iron for curling.I'll have to try again using your method. Apparently I've been curling my hair wrong too lol!

  10. I tried a wand a very long time ago and it was cheap so it wasn't too good on my hair.

  11. I love this curling wand and I have never used one and I would love to see how it can turn my straight hair into curls!

  12. Never have tried one, but lately have been wanting to have the beachy wave look.

  13. Your hair always looks amazing! I have a curling wand but after reading this I think it is too skinny so I would love to win this one! Thanks Laura!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  14. I haven't tried a curling wand before.

  15. Kristina Prewitt

    I've never tried a wand; honestly, I'm a bit intimidated by them!

  16. I have a smaller wand. I love that this is interchangable!

  17. I tend to use my flat iron for curling. Would love to have this one!

  18. I curl my hair the same direction, but I'm not consistent enough to be able to turn it into one big curl! This curling iron looks amazing!
    – Katherine
    engineering-in-style.com

  19. I always use a curling wand to curl my hair and love it!

  20. I have used a cheap curling wand before and my curls did not turn out the way yours do!

  21. Love your curls! I need that wand!

  22. I haven't tried a curling wand yet because curling irons never worked for me in the past. However, after seeing the curls this one created for you makes me excited to try a curling wand.

  23. Laura Fletcher

    I"ve never used a curling wand! I have thick, thick, thick hair that takes forever to style – I could use this!

  24. Ashley Wright

    No I haven't but I would love to try this

  25. I tried a curling wand for a wedding but I did not know how to use it properly.

  26. I have not used a wand before, but I would like to try it.

  27. This outfit looks beautiful. I loved the leather legging on you. It was great. I also love my leather leggings.

    Aline Brodbeck
    http://www.blogfemina.com | My Instagram profile

  28. I don't have long enough hair to use a curling wand.. I'm sure my GF would love this.

  29. I really love your curls in the pictures. I think I need this.

  30. No I have not used a curling wand

  31. I used one many years ago and the curls wouldn't stay – I have straight, fine hair. I'd love to try again.

  32. I've never tried a wand. I've used my curling iron as a wand but would def want to try one!

  33. I must get a wand now. Your curls are so pretty!

  34. I have not tried on yet. Looks like it can handle the amount of hair I have though.

  35. I have never used one like this one before!!

  36. I have never used a high tech curling wand before. I am getting married in about a year and would love to have this!

  37. Aimee Metzger

    So pretty! Makes me miss having long hair. I need to try to curl mine while it's short.

  38. Anonymous

    No but I'd like too

  39. I have tried to use one without luck. Would love to try this. My hairdresser will help me learn how to use one.

  40. Anonymous

    Yes I have an I love how it curled my hair with big curls that stayed all day. Holly Wright

  41. Anonymous

    never tried

  42. PATRICIA PRICE

    Yes, I've used one in the past…

  43. yes, it was very awkward and my curls did not stay

  44. I like to use a curling iron to add curl/waves to my long hair

  45. Elaine

    I've used curling irons before, but I haven't used a curling wand. I would love to try!

  46. tammy s

    I have always wanted to try one of these! My hair is super stubborn to curl

  47. I've been wanting one of these trio attachment wands for sometime now! I have only tried a small {1 inch >} tapered wand before & I think the barrel was a tad to small for my hair length. But it was so quick & easy to use, and my hair held the curl so good!

    ~ Kim Pincombe Cole

  48. This is the first time I've heard of this brand curling wand + I am dying to try. I have similar length + texture to my hair.

  49. I never have used one before

  50. no, never used one before

  51. Yes, I have used a curling wand and I love the results! Loose curls that last and do not frizz during humid days. Yours looks fabulous and loved the little secrets that you shared. I'm going to try them next time I use a curling wand.

  52. I have never tried one yet but would love too

  53. I have used one before in a salon. I liked the curls however it didn't last.

  54. No I have never used a curling wand before but would love to start. I love the sleekness of this one. 🙂

  55. Never used one, but have been wanting to try.

  56. Your hair honestly looks like mermaid curls and it's absolute perfection! I'm jealous of your length and body. My hair is ridiculously thin and fine, so I have to wash it every day, and my curls never hold – even with an immense amount of hairspray. So I usually curl them, and brush them out for super loose waves. But this curling wand sounds fantastic!

  57. Emily Eve

    I tried a wand from Wal-Mart and didn't like it but I use my Hot Tools curling iron as a wand and it's the only tool that curls my thick hair and they actually stay.

  58. I have used them before but it has been so long. Time to restart!

  59. Anonymous

    I haven't yet marci-lyn@hotmail.com

  60. i really want to try a curling wand like this but i'm afraid i'm going to burn myself!
    thanks for the tutorial!

  61. No, I haven't tried a curling wand! I would love to change up my hairstyle, so this would be a great way to change it!

  62. Yes, I've used a curling iron before but that was back when I was in college. I'd love to use one again.

  63. I have not and would love to try one!

  64. Never used one. Would love to try! 😉

  65. I haven't but I would love to!

  66. I haven't but I would love to!

  67. no not yet but would love to try it

  68. This is like the holy grails of curling irons! Your hair looks gorgeous!

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

  69. Looks like a really great product. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it. Would love to try that soon! Lovely hair by the way.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  70. Iliana R

    I have tried them before and I love them! I like them better than curling irons!

  71. Your curls are so gorgeous! Love your hair!

  72. B.Bachman

    I love what this does to your hair. I've never used one before but would love to win to try it out!

  73. I've never tried a curling wand, but I would love to!

  74. Karen H

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have never owned a curling wand. It looks like,a great way to get beautiful curls!

  75. Bethany

    Yes, I have. Took me awhile though!

  76. Yes I love curling my hair! I would love try this wand out 🙂

  77. I have, but I think mine is too small, and its tappered, I just can't get the have of it, your hair looks amazing though!! So I think I need to try this one! Thanks!

  78. I have never used a curling wand,but I'd like to!

  79. Anonymous

    I need to try one of these

  80. I have tried a tapered (?) or cone-shaped one before (several years ago) but not one like you have shown. It was hard for me to get a hang of. I have recently been more interested in trying them again though! I need to do that curl-holding trick when I normally curl my hair!

  81. I've never used a curling wand before…just a curling iron, and that was a while back! This would be great for managing my curls!

  82. You have beautiful hair!

  83. I've used a curling wand for most of my life, but I think I do it wrong

  84. I've used a curling wand, but we called it a curling iron (showing my age), for a long time when poofy hair was popular. I really liked seeing how to do the more natural curls. Thanks for sharing!

  85. I have not used a curling wand before but now I sure want to try it out.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

  86. I haven't ever used one, but if I could get curls like yours I need to try one out!

  87. Your hair is gorg!

    Xo megan

  88. I have used a curling wand but can never seem to get my hair just how I want it. Always trial and error!

  89. No, I haven't tried, but hopefully I would have better luck than with a curling iron.

  90. Adrienne C

    No I have never tried one,but I would love to,hair looks healthier and fuller a lot of body.

  91. I have a new shorter haircut and can really use these curling irons.

  92. I have not tried one, but your hair looks wonderful.

  93. No I haven't but I have always wanted one!

  94. I tried one for a wedding I was in. I loved it, but do not own one!

  95. How amazing do your curls look! Love this wand!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  96. I've never tried a curling wand before. My thick hair has problems keeping the curl. I air dry my hair (which gives me slight wave) at night because it can take more than an entire day to air dry my hair!

  97. Curling wands are awesome! My hair doesn't hold a curl with a regular clip iron, I can't believe I waited so long to use one!

  98. No I have not tried and would love too!

  99. Jennifer Tran

    Never tried! But always wanted to! *Dreams of beach hair*

  100. I am so bad at curling my hair! Thanks for the tips!

  101. I have never used a curling wand before, but I would love to.

  102. Brenna H.

    I have not used a curling wand before, but I would definitely be interested in trying one!

  103. I haven't tried a curling wand before. I would like my hair to look cute like yours. I've had trouble with curls.

  104. I have never used one before but always wanted to the curls are so pretty!

  105. I haven't used a curling wand. Would love to try.

  106. I've sued one but just couldn't get the hang of it. Ended up returning it

  107. Anonymous

    I havent used one but I would love to try!

  108. I tried once and it was very awkward, but I'm determined to learn…my daughters are pros at using them, so my girls will have to teach me.

  109. I haven't ever used a curling wand, but now that I see how it curled your hair I'm pretty sure it's what a friend has used in the past.

  110. I have never used one before, and oh I love the curls it makes!!! I would love curls like that in my hair! so beautiful!

  111. I have not used one but have been looking into them. They came more to my attention as my tweenie daughter started wanting me to curl her hair. This would be so great for us to share.

  112. I have not used one before but I have seen so many tutorials and want to try one!

  113. Anonymous

    I've used them before but find them difficult to use Rosanne

  114. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great tutorial! You really rock these curls! Have a great Labor Day weekend.

  115. I have used one before

  116. Anonymous

    I've never used a curling wand, but I would like to! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!- Karley Moore

  117. I have never used one. I usually just use a flat iron.

  118. yes to no avail.

  119. I haven't tried a curling wand yet but I want to.

  120. No, I haven't used a curling wand before. But I like the results that I see.

  121. I have used one and loved it!

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

  122. I have never tried a curling wand before, but I would like to!

  123. Your hair is stunning! I still don't know how to use a wand correctly!

  124. I haven't used a curling iron yet.

  125. I haven't tried a curling wand before and I have very long hair. This would be excellent to have. Thank you for doing a great giveaway!

  126. your hair is AMAZING!!!!! I absolutely love using wands!

  127. Yes, and although the learning curve was tricky, it was worth the results.

  128. I have used a curling wand and the results were great when I have a professional assist.

  129. I have used a curling wand before and it's smaller then the one that you use but still works great!

  130. I have pretty thick hair and would love to try this. I have never used a curling wand before and love what it did to your hair. Thanks for the chance.

  131. I have never tried one but I would love to. I have always had a difficult time getting my hair to curl properly.

  132. ���� thnx for the tutorial it is very helpful for me as we have the same type of hair❣❣❣ would love to win this amaizing curling wand ����

  133. Ive used them when I was a teen but this one looks a lot better than the one I had.

  134. I have not tried this wand yet. I loved watching your video.

  135. I haven't used a wand before, but would love to try one!! My hair is already wavy, but I always want a prettier curl with either my curling iron or flat iron.

  136. My girlfriend did my hair with hers & I fell in love with it. Just haven't been able to afford a good one to buy for myself.

  137. I've always wanted one! So cute!

  138. Anonymous

    I haven't used a curling wand in years I would love to try this one by Jose Eber. My long, straight hair definitely needs some style.

  139. Yes I have, I like them much more than a regular curling iron with a clamp.

  140. I definitely prefer a curling wand 🙂

    Allie | http://www.lunavidablog.com

  141. My daughter would love this!!

  142. Sonia Garcia

    loved your review

  143. I have only used regular curling irons but after reading your post, I definitely need a wand in my life!

  144. i have used a wand before but i havent used one this fancy.

  145. I have not used a curling wand before. It worked beautifully on your gorgeous hair. My at the entries for this wand!! Thanks so much.

  146. I haven't tried a curling wand myself before, but I'm always impressed with the results when I see other people use them.

  147. Thanks for the tips of oil and leave in conditioner. I'll give them a try tomorrow.

  148. I have never used a curling and before but I love the look it gives

  149. I havent used a wand yet but I've been wanting to with my new lob cut!

  150. I haven't tried a real curling wand before, but I have tried to use my old iron this way. However, the trick about changing directions is brilliant!! Thanks Laura!
    And thanks for linking up with the Ageless Style group!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  151. I have not used one before! But I think it would be fun!

  152. What a great tutorial! I never knew to blast my hair with the blow dyer on cold after. That's genius!

    –Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

  153. I have used my cousin's curling wand before and I loved it. I forgot the name of it though.

  154. I have not used this before.

  155. I've only tried curling wands with clips on them. My hair is straight with a hint of crazy waves. I would LOVE to have this curling wand, I've been dying to get a new wand. I also wouldn't mind having my hair come out like yours! We're similar in length!

  156. I haven't had a chance to try one yet. I really been wanting to though.

  157. I've yet to try the wand, but I've wanted one for awhile now!!!

  158. Love it!

  159. I haven't I used a wand but I'd like to give one a try! Thank you for the awesome tutorial.

  160. Holly Reid

    Love the info on the curling towards the face info!

  161. Angela F

    I wish I had your hair!! I'll have to try a curling wand! I'm still stuck in the past with a curling iron with a clip! Lol

  162. Would love to be able to do this! I look like I have Swiss cake rolls on my head when I try to curl my hair

  163. LOVE your mermaid curls! Your hair is gorgeous and this style looks so good on you!

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

  164. Yes I've used one before and I must own one!

  165. Nicole Lancaster

    I have not used a Curling Wand before. I have always wanted to try one. I just use hot rollers in my hair.

  166. I am not sure if there is a difference between a curling iron and a curling wand. I have had many curling irons and I do a lot with those. I like the idea of interchangeable barrels. I have layers so my hair is different lengths.

  167. Anonymous

    I love your hair!!! my daughter would love for this type of tool to curl her hair like that!
    Stacie Kinlaw

  168. I have never tried a curling wand before. Truth be told, I've always been sort of afraid to. Insert hiding face monkey emoji here (HAHAH) but this post really shed some insightful light on everything, so thank you!

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  169. I've used a curling iron, but not a wand. It would be nice.

  170. I'd love to try this wand – I'm not great with curling my hair, but perhaps the experience would be improved with a better tool!

  171. I did once and i loved it, my daughter has such long hair that i know she would love something like this.

  172. I have used a curling wand and it did wonders for my straight hair. I have just never bought my own.

  173. I've only used curling irons before. Instagram jerseyblondie
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  174. No, I have never tried a curling wand before.

  175. Julie

    I've attempted to use a curling iron but not a wand.

  176. I used a curling iron that had mist that came out of little holes to keep hair from becoming too frazzled. It had a light that came on when heated up enough to curl.

  177. I have used one and i loved the way my hair looked!

  178. Anonymous

    i'm new to curling wands. i can't wait to try this on my three daughters's hair.

  179. Saw your video. Wouldn't it be great if you could curl it that quickly. I couldn't believe how long your hair was before you started curling it. It looks beautiful!!!

  180. I love how you do your curls! So pretty!

    Jennifer Ashley // http://www.prettylittledetails.com

  181. Your hair is so gorgeous here, babe! Hope you have a great weekend ahead!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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