Actress AnnaLynne McCord's angel curls come naturally, but you can replicate the look with a curling iron.

How to Get Angel Curls

by Angela Bakke

There is something sweet and innocent about a head of soft-spiraling curls, very likely why they are commonly used to depict angel curls and are in hot demand. Get this hairstyle with a professional spiral-curl perm that puts your hair through a harsh chemical process, or achieve this coveted look temporarily with a curling iron. It takes some time, patience and arm strength, but the results are divine.

Start with clean, dry hair that's already set in the style you prefer. You want to work with small sections of hair. It's easiest to start with the underneath hair and work up to the crown. Divide your hair into three sections. The first section is any hair lower than the lobes of your ears. Leave that section out. Clip up all the hair that's to the right and left sides of your preferred part.

Use your comb to untangle any knots. If you already have natural curl to your hair, skip this step and work with smoothing and tightening the curls you have.

Separate a small section -- about an inch wide -- of the hair that's left out of clips. Spray the section with a quick spritz of heat protectant spray to minimize damage.

Place a curling iron -- set to its highest heat -- behind the section of hair you intend to curl. It should be vertical, tip pointing upward and as flush against your scalp as you can get it without burning yourself. Use either a spiral-style specific curling iron or a traditional three-quarter-inch barrel curling iron. Hold the iron firmly in place with your dominant hand.

Use your free hand to grasp the section of hair by the tips. Wrap the hair -- beginning at the base of the curling iron -- around the iron and away from the face. Hold for about ten seconds but not any longer before releasing the hair tips and gently pulling the wand out of the spiral. Repeat the process until you complete the section, and then let out another section.

Finish the look with a a light coat of hairspray to help hold the volume and shape of your angel curls.

Items you will need

  • Comb
  • Clips
  • Heat protectant spray
  • Curling iron
  • Hairspray

About the Author

Angela Bakke is a Los Angeles-based writer and reporter with more than a decade of experience covering fashion, beauty, the arts and entertainment. She has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world and covered stories for Beyond Cinema,, ReelzChannel, and

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