Today I’m excited to share a second hair tutorial for curly hair (here’s the first!). My hair-stylist friend Reagan agreed to reveal her secret to getting loose bohemian curls. How gorgeous is her hair, above? Here’s her easy trick…

1. The “before” shot!
2. First, you want to take different-sized sections of hair, so your curls won’t be too uniform. Take these partings of hair in varying sizes and wrap around the barrel of your curling iron. (Hair stylists swear by the Marcel 1″ curling iron, since it won’t flatten your hair and gives you more body). Leave the last couple of inches of hair out to not curl them because they would end up absorbing too much curl—which would end up looking too girly, like Shirley Temple. I also like to curl away from the face (going back, instead of forward) since it makes the curls flow away from your face, opening up your face more.
3. Once you pull your hair out of the curling iron, pull it straight for a few seconds, until the hair has cooled.
4-5. Repeat on the other side.
6. Finally, shake out the curls to loosen them up and make them look natural.

Overall, explained Reagan, adding heat does wonders for your hair, since it smoothes it and makes it shinier. This technique makes your curls look more controlled and graceful—and less crazy!

Thank you so much, Reagan!

P.S. 15 more hair tutorials, including a braided crown for curly hair.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for Cup of Jo. Styling and modeling by Reagan Baker from the blog Hair Dresser on Fire)