How to Use a Cordless Auto Curler (Step by Step)

By Leah Williams •  Updated: 08/26/22

We all wish for cordless hair tools, me as a stylist included. So when this fantastic contraption, the cordless auto curler, came out, I was beyond excited. Imagine getting gorgeous curls without worrying if the cord is long enough, or you might accidentally unplug it.

So how do we use this seemingly excellent styling tool? Let’s find out in this article, Curlies!

What is a Cordless Auto Curler?

A cordless auto curler, as its name says, is a curler that automatically pulls hair inside its curl chamber. This handheld curling device is usually rechargeable, so you won’t need to worry about cords getting into the way of your styling.

How Do You Use a Cordless Auto Curler?

Here’s how to use a cordless auto curler:

Step 1. Prepare your hair.

It needs to be about 70% dry, at least. Dry hair is prone to heat damage, while too-damp hair won’t curl either. We recommend using a microfiber towel (not just any towel) to dry your hair. An old t-shirt works fantastic, too!

Once your hair is prepped and ready, you can move on to step two.

Step 2. Sectioning

Get a paddle brush, and smoothen your hair from tips up to the roots. Then use a rat-tail comb to divide hair into sections. I like sectioning my hair into three parts: two sides and the back part.

For thicker hair, you may section your hair in layers instead. The bottom layer should be near the nape; the middle is the hair level to your ears. The top layer is in your crown. 

Step 3: Curling

Start by choosing the direction of the curl. Automatic hair curlers usually have two buttons, so you can choose which way your curl goes. Curling on the left side of your face? Make the curls go right, and vice versa.

Next, choose how long you want your curler to hold the curl within. These can range from anywhere between 6-12 seconds. This part is also when you choose how hot the temperature is (about 320-400 degrees Fahrenheit).

Then, slip the middle part of your hair section near the opening of the curling chamber. Press the curl button and watch your hair section roll inside the curling chamber.

After the pre-set time, your curler will let go of your hair. If it doesn’t, don’t panic; press the curl button and gently pull your hair out.

Set with a good hair setting spray, and you’re done!

The below video helps to explain how to use a cordless auto curler:

Pros and Cons of an Automatic Cordless Curler



Best Hair Types to Use with Auto Curlers

Auto curlers work best on straight to medium hair types. If your hair is quite long you may want to use a different kind of curling iron.

Cordless auto curlers are great for those with straight to medium hair types. They’re challenging to use on short hair. 

FAQs About Cordless Auto Curlers

Q: How long do the curls last?

A: The curl will depend on your hair type. If you have straight hair, the curl will last longer than if you have curly hair.

Q: Can I use this curler on wet hair?

A: No, you should only use a cordless auto curler on dry or damp hair. Using it on wet hair can lead to damaged hair instead.

Q: What is the best way to section my hair?

A: It depends on how thick your hair is. The thicker your hair, the more sections are needed. There’s no single best way to section hair, but dividing your hair into four quadrants will usually be enough.

Q: How often should I charge my cordless auto curler?

A: It depends on the model. Get one that will last you long enough to curl your whole head of hair!

Wrap up

Cordless auto curlers are a great way to achieve beautiful, bouncy curls without the hassle of cords getting in the way. Follow the steps above and experiment with different hair types and styles to find what works best for you.

Do you have an automatic curler yet? Let us help by checking out our best automatic hair curler recommendations. Happy styling, dear Curlies!

Leah Williams

Leah Williams is the founder of Lucky Curl and has been in the hair care and styling industry for the last 15 years. Since then, she has developed incredible expertise and a deep understanding of how to treat and style the most difficult hair types and is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the readers of Lucky Curl.

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