How to Curl Your Hair So It Lasts All Day

I've never been much of a hair person, and I've especially never known how to curl my hair. Growing up, my mum always put me in cute little braids and ringlet curls that I'd usually fight her over, so she eventually gave up and passed the torch (er, hairbrush) on to me. From then on, I wore one of three styles: messy bun, half ponytail or down and straight.

By college, there was a lot of bad boxed dye and scrunched hair (read: brassy and brittle), so I eventually accepted that I'd always have mediocre hair. Fast-forward to a few years, some YouTube tutorials and an upgrade in curling tongs later, and I finally started liking my mane. I was pretty good at curling my friends' hair and mine, but I'd always follow it up with a lot of hairspray to make it last the whole night (i.e., crunchy and crispy).

Then, one day, my usual method of hair curling as I knew it changed forever. I eagerly watched on my computer screen as I saw one of my favourite vloggers curling her hair, but instead of starting from the ends and rolling up (as I typically did), she began in the middle. The result? Perfectly wavy curls that I needed to re-create immediately. With the firm belief that knowing how to curl your hair properly is a skill every woman should have, I'm sharing my newly acquired technique—in GIF form.

A wand rather than a tong, the entirety of this ceramic-coated curler heats up to the optimum temperature of 185 degrees—perfect for forming defined curls without sizzling hair.

Want more? Check out our guide to the chicest curly hairstyles.

This post was originally published on February 24, 2016, and has since been updated.