DOS AND DONT’S OF CURLING YOUR HAIR WITH A FLAT IRON
I bet it’s no news to you that the flat iron can also be used to curl your. But why would we choose to use a flat iron instead of a curling iron?
First of all, the plates of your flat iron heat evenly and help achieve curls that last and second, you save money! 😉 You can use only one tool for both straightening and curling, and because the flat iron can be used to achieve a variety of different types of waves and curls, there is no need to change barrel sizes. It’s mostly about section sizes, the compression used (how hard you close/press together the two plates) and the speed in which you glide the iron through your hair.
- For looser waves, take bigger sections, turn the iron 180 degrees away from your face and glide down the section at medium speed. You can check it out in more detail in this blog post here.
- If you want tighter curls you’ll want to work with smaller sections and glide the iron down the hair shaft slowly and combine it with tight movements (keep rotating the iron smoothly while gliding it down).
- For boho waves you can work with bigger sections and you’ll want to start gliding the iron down slowly and then speed up the closer you get to the ends, barely even curling them.
Here is an example of some different curls you can achieve:
From the front I made a ¨barely there wave¨ by taking a larger section, rotating the iron 180 degrees and gliding it down the hair shaft. In the middle I took smaller sections and kept rotating the iron while gliding it down and, and in the back I took a larger section again, but also kept rotating the iron while gliding it down. You can also combine different techniques to achieve an interesting texture.
There is a video in my recent Valentine’s day post , where I showed how I achieved my curls with a flat iron. So be sure to check it out if you want to see it more clearly.
Now that you have an idea of how you can use it, let’s get down to the
Dos and dont’s of curling your hair with a flat iron.
- Work in small sections (never wider than the width of your plates), that are easier to control. Otherwise the hair will slip out and you’ll get creases in it.
- If you’re new to this, practice with the iron turned off first, until you feel comfortable with the movement, then switch it on and give it a go.
- Test it! Glide through the hair at different speeds depending on what kind of look you’re going for. Again, slow controlled movements on smaller sections equal tighter curls and faster movements on bigger sections equal looser curls or waves. Take your time to figure out what amount of compression, size of the section and speed best suits the curl you want to achieve. Don´t use too much impression though, gliding the iron through your hair should still feel easy.
- Always curl in the direction away from your face. That seems to be flattering on most people. If you want to alternate, be sure to at least curl the hair near your face in the direction away from it.
- Don’t stop moving the flat iron! You don’t want to hold the iron in one place for too long. Compress and immediately glide the iron through so that you avoid making creases or burning your hair. It’s all about smooth and steady movement.
- Most importantly, don’t forget to use heat protectant! It’s a must. You wouldn’t touch the iron with your bare hands, would you? Well it has the same effect on your hair and you need to coat it for protection first, just as you would wear gloves to protect your hands. Also, most heat protectants will make the hair smoother and will help you run the flat iron through your hair with greater ease.
- Don’t curl the same section twice without allowing it to cool down first. If you’re not happy with the way it turned out, move on and come back to it once the hair has cooled down.
- Don’t brush out your curls before your hair has had a chance to cool down. Afterwards you can brush or shake the curls out and finish off with some hairspray. This will insure lasting hold.
Do you have any other tips for curling your hair with a flat iron that you´d like to share?
Now that you know what to do and what to avoid, go practice and have fun! 🙂