How to Flat Iron Curly Hair
How to flat iron hair depends on the result you are ultimately looking for, because a flat iron is a super multidimensional tool and can be used for many purposes. You can use your flat iron to both straighten and curl. A flat iron curls hair but also gives it a different-looking, slightly beachier, trendier result because of the flatter prongs of a flat iron, which give a wavier and more tousled and rumpled effect.
There are so many reasons why it is important to know how to flatiron hair. Knowing how to curl hair with a flat iron will allow you to make the most of this awesome tool: First is the dual use of one styling tool (in this case, a flat iron preferably with a ceramic plate), which can be more economical as well as practical for travel or when on-the go; and second, a different, more natural-looking bend, which can range from beachy waves to just a slight natural flip at the ends.
Want more info? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to curl hair with a flat iron and achieve fashionable flat iron curls at the same time:
Prime your hair in the shower. Use a hydrating shampoo like Nexxus Therappe Ultimate Moisture Shampoo for Dry Hair and Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisture Conditioner for Dry Hair, as heat can dry out your hair. A cool rinse helps lay the cuticles down and helps keep moisture in.
Protect your hair. One of the most important things to keep in mind in how to flat iron hair is to add a heat protectant, as well as a curling cream for added definition. You want your curls to last without incurring any unnecessary damage.
Divide and conquer. Section hair off with clips, then take one section of your hair and test out how wide you want your curl.
Smoothen, then twist. Clamp one section between the prongs. First, gently tug your hair straight downwards or outwards from your face. Let the hair cool and set for a few seconds, then twist hair around the outside of the closed prongs twice or thrice, depending on the length of hair. Let set for another few seconds, gently tug downwards, and then release the curl. Leave a few inches of hair uncurled at the bottom for a trendier, more piecey look.
Let cool and separate. Leave the just-curled section to set for a few minutes before loosening up the ringlet. Repeat the curling process on a new section. Pro tip: Twirl your flat iron outwards from the face for a more flattering wave, and alternate directions with each section for a more tousled end result.
Touch up the ends. Hair oil applied to the ends helps keep the curls shiny and defined. Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox 5-in-1 Invisible Oil helps nourish and smoothen out any rough ends, while adding shine and separation.
Invest in your curls! For waves that have true staying power, you may want to lay your head on a nice surface every night. Invest in a silk pillowcase, and make sure to clean your hot tools. You want a clean, fresh, even look, as well as a safe styling session, every time.
Flex that style. To extend your waves past the second- or third day, you can opt to wear your curls in a high pony, do a half updo or pin the curls to one side.
Keep calm and mask on. Recover from any heat damage with a regular mask routine and use a deep conditioning treatment, like Nexxus Keraphix Hair Conditioning Mask for Damaged Hair, which helps restore a protective barrier to the hair’s surface that might have been compromised by heat-styling.
Now that you know how to curl hair with a flat iron, let those flat iron curls bounce and work that wave in style!