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Curling irons are great tools to have on hand. In fact, you’ve probably used one whenever you’ve wanted 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 our tips, which work for short hair, medium hair, and long hair. Grab your flat iron—and a heat protectant—and follow along.
There are a lot of different flat irons available, ranging in size. If you’re going to use one to curl your hair, your best bet is a flat iron that is only 1 or 2 inches. It’s a good idea to steer clear of flat irons that are flat with 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 1 or 2 inches in width is the perfect size to create curls.
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 1-3 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 these techniques with a little practice. While it might be tricky at first, the more you do it, the easier it’ll become. One of the easiest ways to do this is to simply clamp the ends of your hair inside the curling iron and wrap your hair around the flat 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 curls look uniform.
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, Braiding Basics: How to French Braid Your Hair, next.