How to Get Zooey Deschanel’s Loose Curls

Zooey Deschanel is probably my ultimate girl crush and ever since the Emmys I have been obsessed with the big, loose curls that she was rocking on the red carpet which thus resulted in my beauty mission to recreate these curls with a little help from BaByliss.


Zooey Deschanel’s award-winning curls!


First thing’s first, when opting for a curling tong, it’s important to look at the barrel size as the larger the barrel, the looser the curl.  So, with that in mind, I went for a pretty large-barrelled curling tong by BaByliss.  Now normally when I curl my hair, I tend to use my GHD’s and if I’m honest it’s been a while since I ventured into curling tong territory.  That doesn’t meant to say that I ever had an issue with the finished-look of my hair after using curling tongs but more to do with the fact that due to my clumsy nature, I would often end up burning myself (either on my scalp, hands or fingers which is not a great look and at times can be pretty damn painful!).  However, it’s been a couple of years and I figured that I should let bygones be bygones and reattempt to forge some kind of professional working relationship with a pair of curling tongs.


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BaByliss 2289U Volume Waves Tong RRP £20


So, which curling tongs won me over?  Well, after a lot of research…………..and I mean the kind of research where I was up until one in the morning desperately reading through reviews and watching tutorials on YouTube, I made my alliance with BaByliss 2289U Volume Waves Tong.  At £20 it seemed pretty reasonable plus it had five different temperature settings, a titanium ceramic barrel and its barrel size was 38mm – it was kind of perfect for what I wanted.


Zooey Deschanel is queen of the loose curl!


When creating loose curls in the past I’ve used hair rollers but never quite achieved the look which I’ve so desperately desired- plus the curls never really held for very long even if I used a heap of hairspray!  So, here’s what I did when attempting my Zooey Deschanel-inspired loosed curls:

1. I washed my hair using Aussie’s Aussome Volume Shampoo followed by Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Shine.


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Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo (300ml) RRP £4.69 and Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine (250ml) RRP £4.99


2. I put some of Trevor Sorbie’s Invisible Hold Mousse through my wet hair along with a couple of squirts of Organix’s Moroccan Argan Oil Spray (but only on the ends of my hair!).


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Trevor Sorbie Styling Invisible Hold Mousse (200ml) RRP £5.59 and Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Spray (118ml) RRP £6.99


3. I then rough dried my hair with a hair dryer and left it to dry naturally as this tends to give hair more volume when styling it than if you blow dry it or straighten it before curling.

4. Once it was dry, I sectioned my hair and began using the curling tongs which were incredibly easy to use.  You simply open up the clamp and wrap your hair around the tong’s barrel and release the clamp to hold your hair in place for a few seconds (the amount of time depends on the thickness of your hair) and then open up the clamp and release your hair and boom – one glamorous loose curl!


Trevor Sorbie Firm Hold Hairspray (250ml) RRP £5.50


5. I then finished off with a spritz of Trevor Sorbie’s Firm Hold Hairspray which is nice and light and holds your hair in place perfectly which stops those curls from dropping.  It was that simple and that easy.  It probably took me about half an hour in total to do this hairstyle which isn’t too bad and I found it quite relaxing as I was listening to music at the same time.  The curls were exactly what I wanted and lasted all day thanks to the mousse and hairspray.  The only downside was that I did burn my finger on the tongs but that was because I was talking to someone at the time and not really concentrating so I have most definitely learnt my lesson and will no longer multitask when using curling tongs because someone (i.e. me) will always get hurt!


My Zooey Deschanel inspired loose curls! Not bad, eh?


So, there you have it – an easy way to achieve Zooey Deschanel’s stunning Emmys curls, I will most definitely be throwing this hairstyle out there next time I go out with the girls!

Do you like loose curls?  Got any other tips on how to get this look? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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