Curling Your Hair With A Flat Iron
Hey girls! You can also curl your hair with flat iron. But the question is that why would we choose to use a flat iron instead of a curling iron? Flat iron can be used to achieve different types of waves and curls without changing barrel size. It depends upon section size, compression used and the speed in which you glide the iron through hairs.
- 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. You can start gliding the iron down slowly and then speed up the closer you get to the ends, barely even curling them.
What to do:
- 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 are 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 are 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. Do not 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.
What to avoid:
- Do not 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 is all about smooth and steady movement.
- Most importantly, do not forget to use heat protect-ant! It is a must. You would not 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 protect-ants will make the hair smoother and will help you run the flat iron through your hair with greater ease.
- Do not curl the same section twice without allowing it to cool down first. If you are 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.
Now that you know what to do and what to avoid, go practice and have fun!