Flat Irons Can Curl, Too!

October 12th, 2010

The term “flat iron” is most commonly associated with straight, silky, shiny hair. However, flat irons are a terrific and versatile tool that can add volume, body and curls to any type of hair.  Following the steps outlined below, you can turn any head of hair into beautiful curls, perfect for any occasion.

First, to curl your hair with a flat iron, you will obviously need a flat iron. Investing in a quality flat iron such as a Chi hair straightener will give you better results. Comb or brush your hair free of all tangles, part it however you would like and section it off.   The size of your sections will depend on your hair type and the type of curls you want.

Next, start on the underside of all of your hair. Grasp a  piece of hair and clamp the hair straightener close to the roots, just as you would if you were going to straighten the hair.   When you begin to pull the flat iron down, turn it about 60 to 90 degrees, like you are twirling the hair around the flat iron, but do not twirl it all the way around (this would make it impossible to pull through).  Pull the flat iron slowly through your hair, keeping it at an angle – the slower the better to get the curl you want.

When you release the hair, before it is completely cooled, twist it around your fingers to solidify your shape. Allow the hair to cool before moving, it will have a very tight look, but it will fall later. You may want to spritz the section with a light, volumizing hair spray for better hold.

Repeat these steps for all the sections of hair on your head. After you’ve moved through all of your hair and have the amount of curls you want, gently comb through them with your fingers or pull apart the tightest curls to achieve the most natural look.

Curling your hair with a flat iron is easy and provides silky, shiny, fizz free curls all with one, versatile tool.

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