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How to Curl Your Hair with a Flat Iron

how to curl your hair with a flat iron

When I first cut chopped my hair again last year, I wondered, will I regret this decision? For the past 6 years, I’ve been riding the roller coaster of haircuts, going from incredibly long, to pretty short. That’s the thing I love about hair though! Anything you do to it, isn’t permanent. Sure, if you hate a hair cut, it’ll take some time to grow out, but you’re not stuck with it forever!

The last time I cut it, I decided that if I was going to chop it off again, I finally needed to learn how to style it properly. Thankfully, my stylist, AJ, showed me how to do loose curls with a flat iron at my last visit.

“The flat iron should look like an upside-down V when you’re doing it, heat down,” she said.

how to curl your hair with a flat iron
how to curl your hair with a flat iron

So, a few days later, I gave it a try. And guess what? I couldn’t do it! The angle was really weird and I couldn’t figure it out without dropping the flat iron mid-curl.

So, I flipped it around. The flat iron looks like a V and the heat is up. Exactly the opposite, sorry AJ!

The final result is slightly different than hers, but it’s easy and quick, so for now, I’m sticking to my way. Here’s how…

1. Start with Clean-ish Hair

how to curl your hair with a flat iron
how to curl your hair with a flat iron

Your hair can be freshly washed and dried, but I find that when it’s one-day dirty, it holds better. Make sure it hasn’t been heat-treated before you start curling. Blow drying is fine!

2. Curl

how to curl your hair with a flat ironHold your flat iron, I’m using the T3 SinglePass Luxe Flat Iron, at an angle. Clamp a small section of hair between the flat iron and twist away from your face and gently pull down and away from your head without clamping too tight. Release your grip right before you get to the ends. There’s no need to hold the flat iron in one place for a long time because it’s so hot. Also, holding it in one spot like a curling iron will give you a funny sharp kink in your hair. Continue to do this all around your head.

how to curl your hair with a flat iron
how to curl your hair with a flat iron

It might be helpful to pin up the top section of your hair and curl the bottom first before moving to that part. On the other side of your head, you’ll reverse the direction—always twist away from your face!

3. Loosen Curls

how to curl your hair with a flat ironTo avoid looking like Annie, run your fingers through the curls to loosen them up and make them look more natural.

4. Finish

how to curl your hair with a flat iron

how to curl your hair with a flat iron
how to curl your hair with a flat iron

I skip hairspray for this style because I like how they look when they loosen up a bit! It turns more into a more natural wave than tight curls. I always use a texturizing spray that gives a little hold and volume. Here I’m using Kenra Professional Dry Texture Spray, and I love it! Another one of my favorites is Oribe Dry Texture Spray—both smell amazing!

Run your fingers through the curls one more time to loosen them!

how to curl your hair with a flat iron

Tip! When you curl your hair with a flat iron, it holds really well, so make it last! On day two, my curls always look looser and more natural. I touch up any pieces that totally lost their curl (usually the front pieces get a bit looser because I touch them more). Touch up any greasy spots with dry shampoo, add a bit more texturizing spray and your good to go!

Have you tried curling your hair with a flat iron? What tips do you have?

BTW, how to add volume to fine hair, and the real secret to getting gorgeous hair.