How I Get My Everyday Curls

August 23, 2017


Sharing How I Get My Everyday Curls - M Loves M @marmar

This has to be one of my most requested posts so I’m so happy to be finally sharing with you all! Most days you’ll find me in loose waves. My hair is typically stick straight and maybe it’s true that we want what we can’t have, but I’ve always longed for wavy hair. Since I wasn’t blessed with it naturally, I call to my curling iron– lately my 1 ¼“ X-Long Gold Curling Iron 1 ¼ from PRO Beauty Tools. Read on for a full tutorial for how I get my everyday curls, along with a giveaway! 

How I Get My Everyday Curls

sharing my tips for how to get my everyday waves

Step 1: Start with dry hair! Usually I wash my hair the night before, blowdry it with this tool from PRO Beauty Tools, and style it in the mornings. For the sake of these photos I did it the same day, but usually I like my hair extra dry before blowdrying it to ensure the curls last longer. 

love this XL curling iron- perfect if you have longer hair! tips for adding curls to medium long hair

 Step 2: Section off your hair. I separate the hair above my ears and pin it to the top of my head. Then I separate the bottom into two sections and work on one at a time. 

my tips for curling hair into soft waves - M Loves M hair tutorial - how to get soft waves M Loves M @marmar curling hair tips for medium long hair

Step 3: Curl Your Hair. I like to grab a section of hair about an inch thick and wrap it around the barrel, always away from my face. I try to wrap the hair so that it’s a little thicker against the barrel, and doesn’t sit flat against it. I think this is what gives a more bouncier curl. For my hair I like to use a 1 1/4” curling iron. You can go wider for bigger curls, or smaller for tighter ones. I grab the hair around the barrel and try to leave an inch out at the bottom. I hold for 10-12 seconds and then release carefully, cupping my hand under where the barrel would drop the curl. I hold for about 5 seconds and then drop my hand. I think this allows the curl to dry a little more and hold its shape.  

tips for curling hair into romantic waves hair tip: hold the curl as it cools to give more defined, and long-lasting, curls hair tip: wrap hair around curling iron, away from the face love this pro tools XL curling iron my tips for everyday curls - M Loves M

I’ll continue with the rest of my hair, always curling away from my face. When I’ve done all the sections I flip my hair upside down and carefully run my fingers through the curls. I think this allows my waves to look a little more natural. 

Step 4: Finish with hairspray. To really ensure my curls last, I pull out a flexible hairspray and spray spray spray!

M Loves M loose curls hair tutorial hair tutorial for everyday waves by M Loves M Mara Ferreira a must-try hair tutorial for romantic, everyday curls a curling iron that works for longer hair Try this tutorial by M Loves M for everyday romantic curlsChoosing a good curling iron is key when you’re creating any curled hairstyle! I just got this one from PRO Beauty Tools and I love how well it works. Plus the price point is so so good! If you’re looking for a new, affordable curling iron, I’d highly recommend this one. Also, if you have long hair, you’ll probably love the XL barrel style. It’s 2 inches longer than their standard so definitely ideal for those of you with long, gorgeous locks!


I’m giving away 2 curling irons to any of you hair-obsessed girls! All you have to do is follow along on Instagram and Facebook and leave a comment below! 

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you’d like to see any others please let me know. Big thanks to PRO Beauty Tools for gifting me this curling iron so I could share the tutorial with you all! 


photos by Jordan Zobrist

  • Natali

    You’re such a doll Mara! I love your curls and this is a lovely tutorial so thanks for sharing!

  • м♥ м

    you are just so cute Mara! 🙂

  • Rach

    Your curls are always perfect! Thanks for sharing how to get the same look!

    • Thanks Rach!! Hopefully it made sense! So hard doing tutorials sometimes!

  • Thanks for sharing your hair routine! I have wavy hair & wear it that way most of the time. I use just a cheap Conair; it does its job but I’d love to win this awesome curling iron!

    • Wavy hair just feels more me too! Good luck Hayley! Picking the winner tomorrow!

  • Sydney85

    Love your easy instructions for your wavy hair. Keep my fingers crossed.

    • oh yay! SO happy it was easy to understand. Thanks Sydney!

  • Apoorva Belle

    Wow! What an amazing post! I always look at your Instagram posts and stories and wonder how you manage to look flawless every time! Thank you for sharing wonderful secrets with us! Really appreciate all your posts! #MlovesM fan forever 🙂

  • Michelle Gibson

    I love this! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been trying to curl my hair more lately and I really needed some guidance on the best way to get the loose, natural waves. This curling iron looks great and is such a great price point!

    • It’s such a good price point!! Picking the winner tomorrow 🙂 Thanks for entering Michelle!

  • Linda Mae

    I have been looking for a long curling iron for awhile. This one looks like the perfect length for long hair.: )

    • Yes!! XL curling irons make such a huge difference!

  • Thank you for this! I need a new curling iron, mine died and since your curls are flawless I think I’ll be taking your recommendation. Have a lovely Wednesday!

    • good luck Sharon!! Picking the winner tomorrow 🙂

  • I always love your curls! They always look perfect. You make it looks so easy! Do you ever use any heat protector spray? I wish I could curl my hair everyday but it starts to look really damaged from the heat…

  • natalie rumore

    This post is right on time! I was just saying last night that I need a new curling iron – the one I have from Conair is over a decade old!!! And I have super long hair so that XL barrel is looking really good! 😉

  • I love that you use a normal curling iron and not a wand. I get such better curls with a curling iron like this!

    • I have a wand that I’ll use too but I like a traditional curling iron too!

  • Paige Cassandra Flamm

    I love that you wrap your hair around the normal curling iron the same way you do a wand! I do the same thing and my curls last so much longer!


    • it makes such a big difference I think!! Thanks so much for reading Paige!

  • Tiffany

    So naturally, casually pretty! I love how effortless the end result looks.

  • Nicole G. Bhandari

    Great post, thank you, I’m going to try this! <3

  • Maria

    I love your curls they look so beautiful. What heat protectant did you use? Did you have any recommendations to protect against the hoot tools damage your hair. I was looking for a curling iron because I don’t have one so cross fingers 🤞🏻. Nice post. Thanks for the tips.

    • I love the It’s a 10 Heat Protectant Spray! Need to order more of it!

  • Taylor Demski Cantwell

    I love your curls! Thanks for sharing.

  • Curl game is strong!

    • aw you’re the sweet Ashley! I need to learn some other techniques I think 😉

  • Shantall Melody Franco

    My hair is so straight, usually use hot rollers but looks like I may need to try curling iron 😊. Your hair always looks so nice Mara 😍

  • Kim Pincombe-Cole

    Thank for sharing how you get these great curls! I have longer hair & would definitely benefit from an extended barrel (didn’t know they made these!).
    Following on Instagram (@rainesmom) and Facebook (Kim Pincombe Cole)

    • aw thanks Kim!! Good luck! Picking the winner tomorrow 🙂

  • ammauceri

    Love your curls! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Nicole

    Thanks for sharing your curling secrets! I would love a curling iron! My natural curls have changed so much two babies later.

    • aw yay! I hope they instructions make sense. Isn’t it crazy how babies change things (even your hair!)?!

  • Amanda

    Absolutely love your blog posts! Thanks for the amazing giveaway, you’re the sweetest!

    • thank you so much Amanda!! So happy you enjoyed this. I’m going to try to do more tutorials!

  • Amparo

    Love the way your hair looks thank you for sharing. I have super straight hair sonI have to curl it to feel more put together… love to have a new curling iron

    • I totally know what you mean. Curls make me feel more put together too!! Good luck!!

  • Vanessa Zuno-Valdivia

    Thank you so much for the step by step! Love following you on instagram – love your style, beauty tips and cooking recipes. You are down to earth and genuine.

    • Thank you so much for following along Vanessa! Means a lot!!

  • Tania Yepez-Stiger

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! I love your curls and your fashion style! At my job k always have to be professional, however; I have been looking for styles to use at my workplace, and you are my one to go on a daily basis. Thank you for showing us how you do your amazing hair! Now I know how to incorporate those gorgeous curls as part of my daily routine! Thank you
    Love Tania!:)

  • Colleen

    This is great. Thanks!! Tips on how to wear up at night to keep curl?

    • yes yes yes!! I always sleep with my hair in a clip on the top of my head. I’m able to keep 2 or 3 day curls that way 😉

  • NehaParekh

    Thank you for this tutorial- you always look beautiful.

  • Allie Kay

    Following on both IG and FB 🙂

    PS: yellow is such a great color on you!

    Allie |

  • Charlie Enriquez Galicia

    I can never achieve that kind of curls!! So pretty!!!! Maybe I really do need this kind of curling iron!😁😊☺️

  • Ashley Fitzgerald

    So beautiful! I use a flat iron to curl my hair, but would love to try a curling iron again or a wand!

    • Jealous of your flat iron curling skills!! I can not figure it out for the life of me!!

  • Grace Anne Winter

    The tutorial is so easy to follow! Thank you for doing the giveaway (I am following you on both!!)

    • yay so glad it’s easy to follow! Sometimes it’s hard being descriptive. I’m going to do a little video tomorrow though so you can see it in action!

  • Your hair is always so gorgeous… I’m so happy you posted a tutorial! Also, that curling iron seems amazing! (I’m following on both Insta & FB)

    • thank you Sarah!! So nice of you to say. Fingers crossed for you!

  • Monica Ștefana

    Your hair always looks so flawless!!! What hairspray do you use? Do you have an absolute favorite? Thanks for your tips!

    • Hi Monica! I love the Elnett hair spray. Matthew doesn’t like the spray but I do! I also love the Dry Bar hair spray. I need to try some others though!

  • Andrea

    I love watching your Instagram stories everyday because you always make them so interesting! And every time I watch them, I get serious hair envy. I also have super straight hair so this post is perfect! Thank you!!

    • aww Andrea! Thank you so much for following along and being so sweet!! Means a lot!

  • Linda Bick

    I have long straight hair it’s not thick, I’d love to try this curling iron to see if I could get some curls!!! I’m following you both places! 🤞🏻

  • Kirby Hanson

    I’ve been straightening my hair these days, but I would love to add loose waves to the mix. Definetly going to try this! Thanks Mara!

    • I wish I liked my hair straight! Maybe if I didn’t have layers …

  • Manvitha Katta

    oooh i definitely want to try this! thanks mara for the tutorial!

  • Raegan Messinger

    Love this tutorial! I feel like I always do my hair the same way you showed, but you’re just blessed with extra gorgeous locks 🙂 OR maybe I’m just using the wrong curling iron! Would love to try it out!

    • thanks Reagan! My hair was a little prettier before baby (thicker and no weird bangs) but I do think the curling iron helps!

  • Courtney N Jeffrey

    I’ve heard SO many good things about that brand! And three plus days with curls?! No wonder you always look amazing! Momming is HARD, but you do it so elequently!!!

    • thank you so much Courtney!! So nice of you to say 🙂

  • Gen Best

    I tried the technique of holding the curl to let it cool…I can definitely attest to the curls holding their shape! Thanks Mara!

  • Virginie

    Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway! 🤞🏼I can try it with a new curling iron 🙋🏽And look as good as you
    Love from Canada

  • Janice Campbell

    You make your curls look so natural and pretty! I need to practice to be able to do that with my hair.

    • let me know how it works!! I hope the tutorial was helpful!

  • Francesca

    What hair spray do you usually use? Amazing that you get the curls to last so well for three days! I have naturally stick straight hair as well, so fingers crossed I get to see how well this works for me too.

    • Hi Francesca! I like the Loreal Elnett hairspray! Or the Dry Bar one!

  • Amanda Liford

    Your curls are always so beautiful. I’m going to try these techniques. Do you have a recommendation for a flexible hair spray? Every one I’ve tried lets my curls fall flat and leaves my hair stiff and crunchy.

    • Hi Amanda! Ugh I know what you mean! Lately I’ve been using the L’Oreal Elnett hair spray or the Dry Bar one!

  • Kelly M.

    I follow on both, and would love to win!

  • You’re hair always looks great. Would love to try this iron out!

  • Molly

    Your hair is amazing! I love that loose, beachy wave but I find it’s just not achievable with straighteners, I definitely need a curling iron!

    • yes a curling iron is key!! I wish I could do the flat iron curl but it does not work!

  • Erin

    Beautiful! I really want to get better at styling my hair. It’s so great that the waves last for days!

    • I need to practice some other curling techniques but this is the easiest for me!

  • Jackie Ambroso

    Thanks for the tutorial- your curls always look great and you make it look so easy to do! I need to practice curling my hair more often so I can get good at it 😊 I’m also curious what kind of shampoo/conditioner you use and how often you wash your hair?

    • Hi Jackie! I shower most days but only wash my hair every 3 or 4 days! I’ve trained by hair to be used to that so it doesn’t get that greasy!

  • Teagan

    Gorgeous! How do you get your curls to last? Mine always fall flat. Excited to be following on insta and Facebook!

  • I LOVEEEE your hair and your curls! Fingers crossed xx


    • Thanks so much Sabrina! You have such beautiful hair!!

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