Creating Curls and Waves
When you think of using a flat iron, you probably don’t think of creating a curly/ wavy hairstyle. Hence the name of the tool: flat iron. We typically think of flat irons as tools to achieve a flat, straight hair look. However, there are more uses for flat irons than we generally think of. It’s actually completely possible to create curls and waves in your hair using you guessed it…a flat iron. To walk you through the process of doing so, we’re sharing some of our must-know tips for doing this!
Like the start of any heated hair styling, it’s important to begin with clean, dry hair. Additionally, before you do anything else spritz your hair with your favorite heat protectant product. This will help give you hair added protection and since you’re going to be using a heated hairstyling tool, it’s necessary to use.
Many experts and bloggers recommend breaking hair up into sections to make it more manageable. It tends to be easiest when you work your way from the bottom up, so leaving a small section of hair at the nape of the neck down and pinning up the rest. You know the drill!
Using your flat iron as a curling iron is simple! All you need to do is grab a small section of hair (about 1” or so) clamp down on the hair with the flat iron and twist it around just like you do with a curling iron. Since the flat iron is a bit…flatter than a curling iron most users suggest not curling to the very ends of your hair to avoid the ends developing a kink from the straightener. Rotate the direction you twist the hair/flat iron as you curl your hair to give the look a nice beachy type of look
Break it Up
Once you’ve curled/created waves over all your hair with the flat iron the curls may be a tad stiff looking, so to break those up simply run your fingers through your hair to loosen the hair and create a more natural curled/waved look. Once you’ve done that if you want to further streamline the ends of your hair you can gently run over your flat iron over just the ends again (using it in the traditional straightener way). Once that’s complete just spritz over some hairspray over all your hair so it’s sure to hold its place and you’re done!
You probably didn’t think using a flat iron to create curls would be so easy, huh? Well, now you know! Like every other hairstyle, it’s giving you a break when you try it for the first time it may take some getting used to and a little practice. Have fun with it and experiment with rotating the flat iron in different directions, using different sized sections of hair, etc.