How to Get Tight Curls for a Straight Weave

by Mimi Abney
Unleash your inner Beyonce with a tightly-curled hairstyle.

Unleash your inner Beyonce with a tightly-curled hairstyle.

Thin and lifeless hair is no longer a beauty dilemma. In fact, a sleek and straight hair weave – whether chin length or longer-- is a glamorous way to add body, sensuous layers, and fullness to your sparse strands. Whether the synthetic or human hair is bonded, fused or sewn into your cornrowed hair, you can add tight curls to your straight locks without hiring a glam squad or a taking a pricey trip to the beauty salon.

Synthetic Hair

Start with freshly washed and damp hair. Gently comb hair with a wide-tooth comb to release tangles.

Spray a two-inch section of hair with a setting lotion. Roll hair horizontally on a one-inch or medium-size plastic roller from the tips to the scalp. Make sure to wrap the ends of the hair carefully on to the roller to create smooth and complete curls.

Secure the plastic roller with a large bobby pin. Repeat with small two-inch sections all over your head. The smaller the sections of hair, the tighter the curl.

Set a hooded hair dryer on medium heat. Sit under the dryer for a minimum of 60 to 90 minutes – or until both the hair on your scalp and the synthetic fibers are completely dry to the touch. A wet weave can lead to matted hair, mildew and odor.

Let curls cool for five to 10 minutes. Remove the hair from the rollers and finger-comb.

Human Hair

Begin with dry hair. Divide hair into four equal sections. Place a large butterfly clip on each section to keep separate.

Turn a one-inch curling iron on low- to medium-heat. Wrap two-inch pieces vertically around the barrel of the iron. Twirl the iron away from the face. Let the iron remain in the hair for no more than seven to 10 seconds.

Slide the iron down and out of the curl. To create tight curls, secure the curl to your head with a large bobby pin. Repeat until you curl all hair with the curling iron and create the pin curls.

Let the pin curls set and cool for 30 minutes or more. Release the bobby pins and finger-comb the hair. Finish with a light-hold hairspray.

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Items you will need

  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Setting lotion
  • One-inch plastic roller
  • Large bobby pins
  • Hooded hair dryer
  • Large butterfly clips
  • Once-inch curling iron
  • Light-hold hairspray


  • Some synthetic hair brands are safe for use with a curling iron, blow dryer or hot rollers, when set on low heat. Before using a curling iron on your synthetic tresses, check with the hair’s manufacturer or your hair stylist to determine if the hair is heat-friendly.
  • Wash and condition your weave once a week.


  • With hair growth, your weave loosens and may separate from the hair. It’s best to have your hairstylist tighten it every six to eight weeks.

About the Author

Mimi Abney is a lifestyle writer specializing in online content for women. Her work has appeared in NewsOK.com and "Keepsake Magazine," among other publications. With over 15 years of writing and editing experience for the web and print, Abney is also a contributor to online health, beauty and fashion publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from Spelman College.

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