Use clips instead of U-shaped pins to create well-defined curls.

How to Do Perfect Curls for a Wedding

by Grace Riley

Whether she’s the bride or a bridesmaid, any woman who is participating in a wedding wants to look ideal, but no detail is more difficult to perfect than curls. Lasting curls may seem impossible to maintain on an ordinary day, and that’s without the excitement, hugs and dancing that are generally part of the wedding day experience. The secret to staying perfectly coiffed from your walk down the aisle until the last dance ends is the tool you use to curl your hair.

Preheat the hot rollers.

Brush your hair. Part your hair, if desired.

Separate a 1- to 2-inch section of hair along your front hairline.

Hold the section up and away from your scalp. Mist it lightly with hairspray.

Wrap the ends of the sectioned hair around a heated roller. Hold them against the roller with your fingers as you begin rolling them toward your scalp. Move your fingers as you roll hair over the ends, which will anchor the section. Continue rolling the section until the roller is against your scalp.

Place the corresponding clip on the roller to secure the rolled hair.

Repeat the process until you have secured all of your hair in rollers. Work backward from your forehead to the nape of your neck.

Let your hair set for at least 30 minutes until your hair and the rollers are cool. The curls will be more defined and last longer if you leave the rollers in for approximately 1 to 2 hours.

Remove the clips and unroll your hair. Mist your hair lightly with hairspray.

Brush the curls gently to shape your hairstyle. The more you brush, the looser the curls will become.

Apply a smoothing cream or shine serum to reduce frizziness.

Finish styling your hair as desired. Use your fingers rather than a hairbrush as much as you can to keep from pulling the curls straight.

Use a curling iron to make a curl tighter, if needed.

Items you will need

  • Hot rollers with clips
  • Hairspray
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair smoothing cream or shine serum
  • Curling iron


  • Hot rollers that you secure with clips rather than U-shaped hairpins are more effective, because a clip holds hair snug against a roller, which increases contact with heat and yields a tighter curl.
  • The best option is a set of hot rollers with heated clips, which are lined with metal that warms up as the rollers preheats. Securing hair with a heated clip helps curl the top of your hair, which receives the least heat from the roller itself.

About the Author

Grace Riley has been a writer and photographer since 2005, with work appearing in magazines and newspapers such as the "Arkansas Democrat-Gazette." She has also worked as a school teacher and in public relations and polling analysis for political campaigns. Riley holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in American studies, political science and history, all from the University of Arkansas.

Photo Credits

  • Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images