Curling your hair with a straightener seems like an easy thing to do in theory, yet can be a tedious and cumbersome task in practice. Luckily, ghd always comes up with the goods to ensure creating a soft wavy hairstyle is as easy and frustration-free as possible with their sleek and strategically designed stylers. In this post, I’ll go over how I create one of my fave hair looks, a soft and chic wave with their newly released ghd gold styler.

Let me preface this post by saying I am nowhere near a hair styling expert, I am awkward and uncoordinated when it comes to doing my hair, so if I can achieve this look, anyone can. And even though I’m not even remotely qualified to tell you how you should be doing your hair, I thought I’d show how I do my hair with a ghd styler. Learning to create a curl with a ghd styler can be tricky the first few times, but once you get the hang of it you will never look back. I have been doing curls with my ghd straightener for years, but this new design makes it even easier to create those luscious curls I always lust after. I’m targeting this tutorial towards those with fine, slippery hair like I have which struggles with styling. In my opinion the curls I create with a ghd last way longer than those done with a curling iron, I have no idea why, but it’s always been this way.

New ghd gold styler

Since this is a new release, there are some cool new features to this device I wanted to highlight.

  • A sleek design and round barrel – this barrel design is even more rounded than my previous gold styler, making it even easier to create smooth, snag-free waves
  • Quicker 25 second heat-up time – because who has time to wait around?
  • Floating, contoured plates – for ease of gliding through hair, especially helpful for those with thick and coarse hair. Not a new feature but I love the change up in colour to a gunmetal glitter finish.
  • Dual-zone technology – the new ghd features 2 heat sensors to ensure optimum heat is maintained throughout your styling. Maintaining a constant temp of 185 degrees is important for effective styling whilst avoiding permanent hair damage, which means healthier heat styling!

New ghd gold styler floating plates and heat sensors


The first thing I do to ensure my style lasts is by applying a root lifting spray, and a texturising spray or mousse into my hair. The key to faking fuller hair is to maximise movement and texture in the hair and this helps to achieve it. I also spritz a light layer of heat protectant through my locks just because I’m super paranoid about heat styling on my fine-ass hair.

At this stage you’ll also want to part your hair into manageable sections for ease of styling. Because my hair is so fine and slippery, sectioning clips don’t actually hold up my hair unless I section off my hair in two parts, and for this look I want more smaller sections (I aim for about 2-3 curls per section). So instead, I’ll place two bobby pins, one in each direction to keep my hair in it’s sections throughout styling. Looks strange but I promise it does the job better than sectioning clips, for my hair at least.

Now prepare for some real awkward snaps…


Loosen a section of hair and pull out a half or a third for curling. I always start from the back and move to the front, and I curl from the bottom up rather than side to side to create more volume.

ghd gold styler soft wave tutorial fine hair

Place the styler where you’d like your cur to start and clamp down on the hair. Twist the styler around the hair, as if you are turning it back on itself so that you have the section of hair wrapped around the barrel, and glide through the ends of the hair. This style works better if you curl in the direction away from your face, although you can alternate directions to make it a more relaxed/messy look. The trick is to find the sweet spot of tension; too much and you’ll skip over the hair and create kinks, and not enough won’t result in enough curl. It’s also important to keep the styler at the same angle to maintain your curl. A good tip to get used to the motion is to practice it using the ghd switched off, and you can get a feel for the tension your require for your hair thickness.

Once you’ve finished a curl, twist the hair with your fingers in the shape of the curl while it’s hot to ensure it’s shape (be careful not to burn yourself – your hair will still be very hot). At this stage you can either coil the curl and secure with a bobby pin to set it, or let it naturally sit as it cools. I like to let it naturally cool, because I aim for a soft, wavy style rather than a neat curly style.

Continue making your way through the sections of your hair, leaving the front section on each side until last. If you find the positioning of your hands awkward, it will be, but you can tilt the styler upside down if that helps. For the front sections, I start my curl a little higher than other parts. I also relax the angle I run the styler through the top parts of these sections too for a windswept look.

After I’ve finished all the sections of my hair, it looks a little something like this. I like to spray some fixing spray before and after I brush them out, and I use a really gentle brush to do so, or my fingers. Unfortunately because I have so little hair, it doesn’t look as full and lush as you’d usually see online, but that’s just my reality.

After brushing through, you can either use a hairspray, or you can leave it the way it is. I like the ghd fixing sprays because they don’t have too much texture and crunch to them, so it maintains the natural movement, density and bounce of the curl without looking too fake. And then there you have it! The final soft wave look for fine hair.

An alternative way to style the waves are by sweeping them to one side and securing your hair at the nape of the neck with a few bobby pins, which is my favourite way to style the soft waves.

Of course, there are a tonne of styles and looks you can achieve with a ghd gold styler, just check out their website for a heap of style inspo. The versatility of a ghd styler is literally endless, and you can be so creative with them!

Do you own a ghd styler? What’s your fave way of styling your hair with it? Let me know in the comments below!


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  1. Looks great Fel! I love the look of soft waves like this but I’ve never been able to achieve it with a straightener. It might just be because my straighteners suck but I’m sooo nervous to spend as much as I’d have to on a ghd only to discover it turns out I just suck at doing it, not that my straightener sucks haha

    1. Thanks so much Steph. It took a while for me to get to the point where I could actually do it with a straightener, and I reckon it is easier with the new design where the barrels are curved even more. My main problem is having enough hair in a section for the straightener to grip it, a texturising/volumising spray beforehand helps with that. I get it, not everyone wants to purchase a ghd just for it’s curling possibilities, but I absolutely stand by my curls lasting longer with a ghd than anything else and I have no idea why. Overall they are just a good tool to have!

    1. LOL I feel you, that’s why I do it too. You can see how much better my hair looks when it doubles in volume. Too bad it’s only one side though. So depressing! Thanks so much x

  2. The results really speak for themselves! Very pretty looks. Like Laura, Im also hopeless in curling my mane. Your tutorial makes it alot simpler! Thanks, Freaky from Beautyheaven!

    1. Thanks so much Jenny! I appreciate you stopping by 🙂 If you ever do try out some of the tips I gave you must let me know how it goes!

    1. I reckon the original one was the best in terms of materials used, but I agree that the more recent designs allow for easier curling thanks to the more rounded barrels. That’s not to say you still can’t with the original one, just that it’s easier with the newer models 🙂

  3. Love the look Fel! I’ve got fine hair too (albeit lots of it), but I struggle to get curls to last without hairspray applied to each curl. I’ve never attempted to do curls with a straightener myself, but knowing how unco I am with curling wands (let alone a straightener) I think it’s best if I leave the pros to do it haha.

    Shell // The Novice Life

    1. Haha I was the same, but I just am too lazy to get a pro to do it and for now I’m happy with how it turns out doing it myself even though I know it would look better by a professional!

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