How to get messy, GHD curls

We all love that relaxed, bed-head look but how hard it is to achieve? Just like no make-up make-up takes longer to do than actually appearing to be wearing make-up, tousled tresses are the bane of many a woman’s morning – until now!

Let Styled by Phillips show you how ghd can help you create messy curls in a flash…

Step one

I always curl my hair after I’ve washed it. So I give it a quick, yet immaculate blow-dry using a professional hairdryer, which will help to reduce frizz and flyaways.

Step two

Part your hair into sections, if you have really thick hair like me this makes it easier to navigate. Now that my hair is short I can now get away with parting it into two sections and keeping one held in place with a styling clip. But for those with the long mane I suggest 3 sections. One top bun for the upper part of your hair and two buns either side of your head, a bit like the Princess Leia look!

Step three

Grab the section of hair you want to curl. How much hair you include in each curl is up to you, but remember – smaller sections make smaller, tighter curls. Larger sections result in bouncier, looser looking waves. For me, I normally do about 3 large sections (each side). Wrap each section of hair around the barrel of your ghd curve classic wave wand starting from the bottom of the barrel to the top and hold for 5-8 seconds.

Step four

To create a bit of depth to the style and that messy look that I love, I add some flicks and waves in random sections using my ghd platinum styler. Each creates a slightly different look, so try both to see what works best on your hair.


Start half-way down the length of hair, place the ghd platinum styler in at the mid lengths and turn it back on itself in a half turn away from your face. Keeping the styler on that half-turn angle, slowly move it down the length of the hair. The faster you move the styler, the less pronounced the flick will be.


Starting from the root, place the styler into the hair and turn it back on itself at a half turn (the same as with flicks). Run the styler slowly down the hair to the end, this will create more of a bouncy wave, than the flick. Top tip: Remember always hold the styler on an angle away from your face.

Step five

Once you have finished, use a paddle brush to softly brush out those curls. Then run your fingers through separating the pieces, to add texture and create that undone finish. Finish with a hint of hairspray.

There you have it, messy, ghd curls! Perfect for summer, why not add a ghd styler to your Christmas wishlist?