Tin Foil Curls: Tutorial

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

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, the tin foil curls trick is a total life changer. Think added volume in a matter of minutes.

It takes much less time to finish your entire head than with a regular curling wand. This method is less traumatic for those who just start experimenting with hair styling tools. I mean, who didn’t burn their hands with a curling iron?

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T3 SinglePass Luxe Flat Iron

In this tutorial, I’ll be using my new favorite flat iron, T3 SinglePass Luxe. It’s a newly launched professional flat iron that never failed me. Also, isn’t it photogenic?

As you have already guessed from the description, for this hairstyle hack, 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 hairspray on hand while working on this look.

Follow the below-described steps to repeat this look.

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Step 1: Divide into Two Sections

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.

My hair clips came with my T3 SinglePass Luxe flat iron. But you can also use any other professional hair clips.

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

Step 2: Create a Loop

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.


It doesn’t matter which direction your loops are facing. You’ll still get great results using this method.

Tutorial: Tin Foil Curls

Step 3: Tin Foil Curls

Grab a piece of tinfoil and wrap each loop of hair in it. Don’t use too much or too little 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: Warm-up with Flat Iron

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 uses heat-protective gloves or arrange your foil pieces in a way that those do not touch your face.


I recommend heating your foils one by one. That way, you’ll allow each piece to stay warm. Read: your curls will last longer.

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

Step 5: Cool Down

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

I hope you enjoyed this fun flat iron trick! Please comment below if you ever tried it yourself. Also, feel free to share your favorite hairstyle hack.

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  1. Cattleya wrote:

    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


    Posted 7.28.16
  2. You look gorgeous! Love your hair like that! <3


    Posted 7.27.16
  3. daytodayMOMents wrote:

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

    Posted 7.25.16
  4. Nadia wrote:

    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

    Posted 7.23.16
  5. 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!

    Posted 7.23.16
  6. Maria Jose Abad wrote:

    Adorable and super practical tutorial!
    MariaOnPoint http://mariaonpoint.com/ | Find me on IG https://www.instagram.com/mariajabad/

    Posted 7.22.16
  7. I always curl my hair with a flat iron, but never heard of the foil trick before. Cool!

    Posted 7.22.16
  8. C A M I wrote:

    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!

    My Vogue Style | http://www.myvoguestyle.com

    Posted 7.21.16
  9. These straightners look fab and your hair is so gorgeous. Such a good post! X
    Jenny / http://www.borntoblend.co.uk

    Posted 7.21.16
  10. Jalisa wrote:

    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!



    Posted 7.21.16
  11. MITCH wrote:

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

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

    Posted 7.21.16
  12. Candace wrote:

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


    Posted 7.21.16


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