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Curling irons are great tools to have on hand. In fact, you’ve probably used one many a time to take your hairstyle up a notch. But if there’s no curling iron around, it turns out that you can actually use a flat iron to curl your hair instead. Yep, it’s true! All it takes is a little bit of practice—and the right tips depending on if you have short hair, medium hair, or long hair. Ready to learn how to curl your hair with a straightener? Grab your flat iron—and a heat protectant—and follow along.
There are a lot of different flat irons available, and in addition to offering different features, like temperature controls, ceramic plates, and automatic shut-off options, they range in size. If you’re going to use one to curl your hair, your best bet is a flat iron that is only one or two inches wide. It’s a good idea to steer clear of flat irons that are flat with large paddles, since you won’t get round curls from these, plus it’ll be difficult to wrap your hair around them. A thin flat iron that’s one to two inches in width is the perfect size for creating curls. It can also be beneficial to look for a hair straightener with rounded ends, as these tend to make curling your hair a little bit easier.
The best way to prep for curling your hair with a flat iron would be to blow-dry it smooth first. Start in the shower by using a smoothing system of shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner. Leave the conditioner on for one to three minutes, then rinse out. After hopping out of the shower, apply a heat protectant. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream. Now it’s time to blow-dry your hair! Section your hair off so that it’s easier to dry, and use a paddle brush for a smooth finish. Once you’re done with that, you’re ready to move on to the next step. That is to say, you’re ready to put your flat iron to work and curl your hair with it!
There isn’t just one way to curl your hair with a flat iron—there are actually quite a few! Today, we’re going to highlight one of the most popular. You’ll be able to master this technique with just a little practice, trust us. While it might be tricky at first, the more you do it, the easier it’ll become. To start, simply clamp the ends of your hair inside the curling iron and wrap your hair around the iron, hold it for a few seconds, then let it go. You can decide to roll the flat iron over or under—just make sure to pick the same direction for every section of hair so that your curls look uniform.
Contrary to popular belief, curling short hair is an easy skill to master—even with a flat iron. All you need are the right tools and a little patience. While the steps we shared above are perfect for medium or long hair, for short hair we recommend working in sections. Once you’re ready, clamp the section of your hair starting as close to your roots as possible. Twist away from your face and hold the hair for a few seconds. Slightly release your grip and roll your hair in between the plates of the flat iron to repeat. Now, you can clamp and release the flat iron until you reach the ends of your hair. Pro tip: Switch up the direction you’re curling your hair for a more voluminous look.
After you’re done curling your entire head of hair with a flat iron, break up the curls with your fingers for a looser (and chicer) look. Your last step should be setting your hairstyle with hair spray. Spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray, then show off those beautiful waves or curls!
For more hairstyle techniques, head on over to our article, 10 Step-by-Step Hairstyle Tutorials for Cute, Easy Hairdos, next.
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