Curling Your Hair With a Straightener
Having many different hair styling items in your bathroom can make a mess. These items are supposed to make life easier, but when you need to heat them all up, keep them safe, and learn how to use each one, it becomes more of a hassle than it is worth. But if you own a hair straightener, you can actually use it for more purposes than just straightening out your hair. In fact, many people also use this as a method to curl their hair, saving money on two different products. If you are interested in curling your hair using a straightener, follow these easy steps to get started.
Prepping the Hair
You should start with the hair completely dry. If the hair is wet, it won’t curl very well and will go back straight. Use some mousse when blow drying after the shower since this can add in some extra volume to the curls.
The Right Flat Iron
Choose the right flat iron. Yours shouldn’t be more than 1 to 2 inches from the handle to the plate. If your flat iron looks like a paddle, it won’t work for the curls, even though it hurries up the straightening process. Heat up the flat iron to the temperature best suited for your hair; low for fine hair and higher for thick and difficult hair.
Use Heat Protectant
Any time that a hot iron or other hot styling product is being used, apply a thermal spray or heat protectant to protect the hair from all that heat. This helps to prevent frizzling and burning. Spray it through the hair and then comb it through. Go through sections for really thick hair.
Separate the Hair
For really thick hair, curl in sections rather than trying to go for it all at once. Start at the bottom near the neck and ears and then layer as you curl to get the best results. For those who have hair that is wavy to start, you can save time curling around the frame of the face and the top layer, but experiment with your hair.
Alternate Curls and Flicks
These are two different ways to curl the hair, but certain hair types respond better to one type compared to the other. Flick starts halfway down the hair length while curls will start as close to the scalp as possible.
Consider a Full Turn
If you want the wavy kind of curl, you are going to just turn the flat iron half a turn. But for the ringlets and complete curls, you will need to rotate completely around. These can be a different style and bit more fun than the full curls, but they do take a bit more time to get the hair to be agreeable. When doing this, consider whether turning up or down is the best for your hair. You are going to have to do one or the other to make the hair curl, but each hairstyle will work differently so give both a try.
Try a Crimped Look
While curls can look nice, sometimes going for a crimped look will work and change up your look. You don’t have to buy a crimper to get this occasional look though, just use your flat iron. Clamp it onto the hair and then turn it a quarter of the way around. Then go to the next quarter and clamp while turning down a quarter. Repeat through the hair.
Add the Hairspray
For hair that doesn’t curl easily, get some hairspray. Spray it on the section of hair that you are curling before using the straight iron to curl around. This helps it to stick in place and it can last all day.
Pick a Section
Once the hair is sectioned off, grab the first part you want to use. Small sections are good when you want tight curls or ringlets and usually are smaller than two inches in width while larger sections are going to get the looser and more natural curls. Mix it up and try out a new look that works for you.
There are a few things you can do to finish up the style. Going for more of a looser curl? Run the fingers gently through your hair. This adds in more volume and a more natural look. To keep the hold for difficult to curl hair you should mist a bit of hairspray through the hair when done or whenever you need to add a bit more in.
Curling your hair with a flat iron can be easy. You just need to know what your hair is like and experiment a bit to see what works in your hair and what just doesn’t look right. With some time and a little bit of practice, you can make your hair look great.