How To Curl Hair with Tin Foil and a Flat Iron

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Curling your hair with tin foil might sound like a weird idea, but you’ll be surprised how effective it is once you tried it yourself. If you have thin, fine hair like mine, this trick is a total life changer. It takes much less time to finish your entire head than with a regular curling wand, not to mention that it’s much less traumatic for those who just start experimenting with hair styling tools (I mean, who didn’t burn their faces or hands with a curling iron?).

In this tutorial, I’ll be using my new favorite flat iron by T3, the SinglePass Luxe (c/o). It’s a newly launched professional flat iron that everyone in the beauty world is obsessing about. Why? Because this awesome hair styling tool is a top notch multitasker. It allows you to create not only an ultra straight hair look (with added benefit of super shiny, frizz-free hair), but also voluminous layers, flips, waves, and even curls!

Right after I received this product for testing purposes, I eliminated four other straighteners from my collection. I figured that my hairstyle lasts longer with the SinglePass Luxe so I decided to keep just this one tool in my bathroom so save room. In case you are planning on upgrading your collection with a new straightener, check out T3 website as they currently run a promotion: get a free paddle brush and a towel when you use the code LUXEGIFT at checkout. Shipping is also free!

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If you don’t have the exact same straightener, don’t worry! To create this look, you can use any ceramic flat iron. As you have already guessed from the description, you’ll also need some tin foil (the same one you use for cooking will do). I recommend cutting your foil in pieces ahead of time so you don’t need to cut it each time you are rolling your hair into a loop. Finally, make sure to have a comb and a hair spray on hand while working on this look.

Follow the below-described steps to repeat this look:

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Step 1. As you can see in the photo, I divided my hair into two sections and secured them on both sides of my head with styling clips (mine came with my T3 SinglePass Luxe flat iron, but you can also use any other professional or decorative hair clips).

How To Curl Your Hair Using A Flat Iron And Aluminum Foil

Step 2. Grab a small section of your hair and wrap it around your finger in a loop. Make sure that the end of each section stays in place so your hair looks wavy from top to bottom.

PRO TIP: It doesn’t matter which direction your loops are facing—you’ll still get great results using this method!

Step 3. Grab a piece of tinfoil and wrap each loop of hair in it. Don’t use too much or too little aluminum foil for those purposes—your hair should be fully covered, but you don’t need many layers of foil on top of your loop.

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Step 4. Using a flat iron, scrunch the foil 3-4 times. Be careful, the foil will be very hot for the next few seconds, so either use heat-protective gloves or make sure you arrange your foil pieces in a way that those do not touch your face.

How To Curl Your Hair Using A Flat Iron And Aluminum Foil

PRO TIP: While you can put tinfoil all over your hair and then warm up each of the foil “cocoons” I recommend heating your foils one by one. That way, you’ll allow each piece to stay warm for a longer period of time (read: your curls will last longer!).

How To Curl Your Hair Using A Flat Iron And Aluminum Foil

Step 5. Take out the foils one by one. Spritz with some hair spray and you are all set!

How To Curl Your Hair Using A Flat Iron And Aluminum Foil

I hope you enjoyed this fun flat iron trick! Please comment below if you ever tried it yourself. Also, please let me know if you want to see more hair styling hacks posts on my blog—I’d love to share each and every of them with you!

How To Curl Your Hair Using A Flat Iron And Aluminum Foil

  • Candace

    What a smart idea! I’ve never heard of this technique, but it sounds very effective for longer lasting styles. Thanks for sharing!

  • Love the loose curls! It really needs skill, and I kinda suck at it.

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

  • This is such a great hack, girl, thanks so much for sharing! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to curl my hair with a flat iron and never end up with a good, even result! What’s so weird is that my right side always looks great, but my left side NEVER curls! I don’t know if it’s that I’m holding the wand weird or what, but it looks so crazy, haha! I’ll have to see if I can try out this technique because I have fine textured hair, too! I hope you’re having a great week so far and thanks again for sharing!



  • These straightners look fab and your hair is so gorgeous. Such a good post! X
    Jenny /

  • Wow, this is an idea I would never come up with. It looks like it works very well and with less damage to the hair. Thanks for sharing!

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  • I always curl my hair with a flat iron, but never heard of the foil trick before. Cool!

  • Maria Jose Abad

    Adorable and super practical tutorial!
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  • This is so cute and clever! My hair hold a curl fine so I don’t know if I will use it on myself, however I do my friends hair a lot and they will love this tip! Another fab post, Katya!

  • Nadia

    That is such a neat idea & tutorial, sweetie! I definitely want to try it + my hair would manage that since it’s short’ish & quite thin (*sobs). Your hair looks so beautiful, hon! <3
    Thanks for sharing!! <3 Muah!
    xox Nadia

  • daytodayMOMents

    Interesting! Love the detailed instructions and pics. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • You look gorgeous! Love your hair like that! <3


  • Cattleya

    I’ve never heard of curling your hair with tinfoil before. The curls look gorgeous though, I might have to try this out soon.

    x. Cattleya

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