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How to Curl Your Hair with a Flat Iron

Those beautiful curls seen on the Stars in magazines and movies may actually come from flat irons rather than curling irons. Who would of thought! The results when using a flat iron to create these curls amazes me and I want to share how it's done.

Two important factors to note:

1.) Dry Hair: You will want to make sure your hair is completely dry. There are some flat irons which claim that they can be used on slightly wet hair, but for best results, dry your hair completely. If you have time, you can let your hair dry naturally as this will prevent any kind of damage caused by excessive heat.

2.) Flat Iron: The type of flat iron you're using will determine the quality curl. I recommend using a very thin flat iron with 1" plates. I also prefer rounded plates made of solid ceramic.

What you will need:

  • Flat iron
  • Heat Protection Spray
  • Comb
  • Hair Spray

Determine the type of the curl you would like to achieve:

If you want bigger softer curls then take larger (1 1/2" to 2") sections of hair. If you prefer tighter curls than take smaller (1") sections of hair.

Now Curl:

Turn your flat iron heat element to the desired temperature. Try not to have it on the highest heat setting due to the risk of damaging hot spots and hair breakage. I recommend 350-400 degrees.

1. Section and clip your hair up so you only have the bottom half down

2. Take your first section and spray with a heat protector then comb through

3. Clamp the section of hair with your flat iron close to your scalp

4. Twist 180 towards or away from your scalp (depending upon the direction you want your hair to be curled)

5. Gently pull down until you reach the end of your hair
Remember: The faster you pass over a section, the looser the curl and the slower the more curl you'll achieve.

Just repeat the above steps until all of your hair is curled, then gently tousle the hair with your fingers or a pick to break up the curls. Finally set your hair with a finishing hair spray to prolong the shape of your beautiful curls!