How to Curl Your Hair With a Flat Iron or Straightener

Last Updated on November 18, 2021 | by Camila Jenkins

Gone are the days when a family function sent you to the nearest salon to get your hair neatly straightened and set loose down your shoulders. Today, curls are the way to go, framing your face in a way that stands out and sets you apart from the crowd.

But you have already invested in a straightener quite recently, have you?

Then before you jump to buy a curler, here we are to provide you with the tricks you need so you can use your hair straightener to curl your hair, so you now have an instrument to straighten and curl your hair too.

Or perhaps you want to invest in just one tool that you can use to style your hair. In that case, a hair straightener is a better option for you to straighten and curl your hair.

That said, read on. Know all there is to use your hair straightener like a pro in curling your hair:

Why can’t I curl my hair with a flat iron?

Okay, so you checked out tips on the internet and then tried experimenting on your hair to end up frustrated with an unsuccessful mess on your head.

Don’t worry, just follow these steps from us as we teach you how to do it right and the mistakes to avoid.

You could be using the wrong kind of hair straightener, not following the steps to prepare your hair, and so on.

So, read on to know what you need to do, and before you know it, your flat iron will be your favorite instrument when it comes to curling your hair.

How to Curl Your Hair Perfectly with a Flat Iron?

Now, the secret that most women out there don’t know is that you can curl your hair with straightening iron. If you keep practicing with the years, using the tips and tricks available, you can use your straightening iron like a pro, creating different hairstyles with straight or curly hair.

However, in this article, we shall look at how to curl our hair with a straightening iron.

1. Decide on the Type of Curl You Want

Now, curls are of different types. And this is one of the first things that you need to know before you curl your hair. It will go a long way in helping you determine the look you want and the kinds of curls you want to create with your hair.

From bouncy curls to loose beachy waves, each kind requires a different technique to master.

And this is not all.

There are polished waves, S waves, tight ringlets, and so much more that you can make a study of to choose just the kind of curls you would go for according to what suits your face.

There are C waves that are large and tend to face outwards. There are generally thinner pin curls, bouncy waves that you can go for if you want to add volume to your hair, and finally, polished waves that are long and elongated to create a sophisticated look when you go for dinner or a date.

You can choose a different type of curl for a new look each time, based on the occasion and the outfit that you plan to wear.

You could pair that black dress with tight curls or simple C waves on a formal dinner. And on days when you want to hang out with friends, you could wear your hair in pin stripes curls that create a casual look.

2. Choose the hair straightener

Okay, there is one thing that you need to know. It is that you are using the right kind of hair straightener. A flat iron needs to be thin and generally should not exceed a width of more than two inches.

So, if you intend to buy a flat iron that you can also use to curl your hair at times, then this is one thing that you should keep in mind!

On the other hand, if you have already invested in a very broad straightener, then perhaps you could get it sold or exchanged for one that is narrower.

Or you could just put it off, (if it has become too old) to invest in a hair straightener that is narrower and can also be used to experiment with curling your hair.

3. Get The Rest of the Tools Ready

Now, some of us may not know it but straightening or curling your hair is not just about attacking that curler or iron and putting it to your hair to style or create curls right away, no matter how excited you get.

You must prepare a lot of things. And so if all you have is your iron before you get ready to do some running around.

With that, we need shampoo, a blow dryer, some serum, cream, or any form of hair protection which we will talk about later, and finally, a hairspray, which we will use in the end.

All this will go a long way in helping you style your hair the right way and stay away from damage that can happen if you excitedly jump to work on your hair.

4. Start with Clean and Dry Hair

One of the first steps is to prepare your hair. Your hair is the best to work with when it is newly washed and dried, just out of the shower, soft, and easy to work with.

Be sure that you use the right shampoo that goes well with your hair to bring the best out of your curling iron.

Also, remember that you need to dry your hair thoroughly as some of the damages happen when you put an iron onto damp hair.

5. Use the Right Hair Protection

One of the biggest mistakes we tend to make when working on hair is missing out on hair protection.

It will not only make your hair increasingly hard to work with but also go a long way in damaging your hair, which can be avoided.

All you have to do is find the serum, cream, or spray needed to nourish and protect your hair. And with the range of it from different brands out there, this should not be difficult.

6. Section Your Hair

If you were about to attack your hair without dividing it, wait a minute, or you are going to spend more than an hour and end up with nothing but a mess on your head.

That said, one of the first steps to working on your hair, be it straightening or curling, is dividing it. It is after you are done with washing, drying, and nourishing your hair.

Make small portions that make it easy, as you go section by section till you finish with all of them, and finally stand before your mirror with those adorable curls framing your face.

How small should the sections be? It depends on the kind of curls you want to create on your hair. For instance, if you want to pin beach waves, ensure that you divide smaller sections of your hair.

Voluminous beachy curls, on the other hand, would require a bit larger sections than that.

7. Start Curling

There are two ways in which you can do this. You can start from the bottom by clamping the iron on a small section and curling it upwards to create small flicks that stand out on your hair.

Or you could begin from the top, close to the scalp, running the iron down to the end and turning the iron as you go, creating more noticeable curls.

Work slowly, and if you want to create tight curls. But if beachy waves are what you look for, you need to glide the iron faster on your hair.

You could even wrap the entire hair from your scalp to the end around the barrel, twisting as you go for those long loose curls. Wrap them closer and tighter if you want tighter curls.

8. Finish with a Hairspray

Finally, you can end with a light mist of spray that helps your hair stand in place. An anti-humidity spray is a good option if you live in a region that has a humid climate.

A lot of people recommend using hairspray before styling the hair. While this is fine and makes it easy to style your hair, it is essential to use hairspray in the end. It is because your curls can tend to go off at the end of a long day.

Happy Curls!

And these are the steps you take to curl your hair. So, the next time you bring out our flat iron, don’t go for the same look as you glide it along with the tresses of your hair.

Start experimenting.

Style your hair with curls, getting better as you go, and before you know it, you will be using your flat iron to try out a lot more hairstyles than merely straightening your hair.

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