When I first started learning how to do my hair, I had a cheap Conair blow dryer and one of those flat irons that had interchangeable plates. It had a crimping plate. Never forget.
Since then, I’ve evolved into a hair tool monster and have a variety of curling and flat irons. I could open a salon! For a while though, I had no idea how to use a curling iron. For some reason, those clamps and the rotating and twisting makes you lose your mind. Eventually I figured it out and love using my curling iron(s).
But when I travel or don’t have access to a curling iron, I’m left with a flat iron. For the past few years, I actually prefer curls or waves in my hair so how can you achieve that with a flat iron? It’s pretty easy! Curling your hair with a flat iron is not nearly as hard as you think, and it’s actually easier for a lot of people instead of having to mess around with a curling iron.
If you’re one of those people or you just want to get the most out of your flat iron, check out your foolproof guide to curling your hair with a flat iron!
You Need: Heat Protectant
I'm using this Brilliant detangler and damage control spray from Aveda. It smells divine.
You Need: A Flat Iron
This is the John Frieda Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron, which is available in most drugstores. I've been loving this flat iron lately. It has a variety of heat levels and rounded edges, which is perfect for curling or straightening. You can buy it here for $54.99!
You Need: Hair Spray
Use your favorite. I ran out of my Rusk w8less (so sad) but I really like this mark. cosmetics Locks In Place. Great pun, great product.
Start With Dry Hair
If your hair is naturally straight, you're ready to go. If you have curly or wavy hair, give yourself a quick blowout with a round or paddle brush. Make sure to spray with a heat protectant first!
Section Your Hair
I do my hair in three sections because that's how my layers are, but you can do as many as you want. It might be easier to work in smaller sections if you're just starting out.
Work With 1-Inch Pieces Of Hair
Don't work with pieces that are larger than the width of your flat iron. Pieces that are too small will create a tighter curl or a crimped look. 1-inch seems to be the magic number.
Start Like You're Just Flat Ironing
Start at your root and go down about an inch. Then twist your flat iron over.
Next you're going to flip the flat iron so your hair is wrapped around it.
Keeping the flat iron closed, pull it through your hair. Pulling outward will result in looser curls, pulling down will make them a little more bouncy.
Pull All The Way To The End
I had to take this picture with my other hand, but I always hold the non-clamped hair to help guide the flat iron through.
A Curl Is Born
How easy was that?!
Trial & Error
It might take you a few tries to figure out which way you want your curls to go and how tight you want them. Play around and see what you like best.
Continue with this method through your next section until you've curled your whole head.
Spray And Work It
Spray your hair with hair spray and run your fingers through your curls to loosen them up. You're done!
Do you use a flat iron or curling iron? Have you ever used a flat iron to curl your hair? Tell us in the comments!