Everyone knows that flat irons are perfect for creating those pin-straight looks that are always in style, but did you know your flat iron can also give you natural looking wavy hair? In fact, your flat iron is a multi-purpose tool that can actually replace your need for a curling iron and wand. If you’ve never used your flat iron to curl your hair before, you’re going to want to check out these simple steps so you can give it a try.
Make Sure You Invest in a Good Quality Flat Iron
First things first, you need to be sure you’ve got a good-quality flat iron that features even heat distribution. An excellent example of this type of flat iron is the Vibrastrait Brocato Pro or Essential series of tools. This particular flat iron uses innovative vibration technology, which helps with even heat distribution and allows hair to pass through the plates easily and quickly.
It doesn’t matter if you’re using the flat iron for straightening or curling your hair, this technology helps to speed things up and create shinier, smoother results.
Make Sure Hair is Dry
Always make sure your hair is dry before you start styling it. It doesn’t have to be freshly washed, but it does need to be dry. Using a flat iron on wet hair will burn your hair. It’s also a good idea to use a heat protector spray or lotion in your hair before beginning. This will help to keep hair moisturized, healthy, and luxurious looking. Healthy hair also holds curl better.
Long Hair Takes Longer to Style
It’s also important to remember that the longer your hair is, the longer it will take to style it. On average, medium to long hair should take about 10 to 15 minutes with a flat iron. Because I have so much hair, it takes me nearly 30 minutes to flat iron my hair. Since styling and straightening your hair is a time-consuming process, I don’t normally take the time to do it. That is until I tried the Vanity Planet Flow Ceramic Straightening Brush. It allows me to easily smooth out and straighten my unruly hair much faster. Best of all, my hair gets much less exposure to heat than when I use a flat iron. Because Flow is designed like an ordinary brush, it’s easy to use. I love it!
Using A Flat Iron
Just like with a curling iron, you will want to work in small sections at a time. Now here’s where you can be creative though. A flat iron is capable of making a few different looks where curls are concerned.
If you want those loose natural looking waves, you can do so by placing your hair in the flat iron in an “s” shape. Hold it there for a couple of seconds, then repeat all the way down that section. This is probably the most time-consuming method.
If you want more of that traditional looking twist curl, then you can place the section in the iron and then twist away from your face until the whole section is wrapped. It’s best to use a 1.25″ iron for this method.
For those straight from the beach waves, start by braiding your hair, then run the flat iron down it a couple of times. You can then remove the braid and enjoy the natural wave you’ve created.
No matter which style/method you choose, be sure to follow up with hairspray like LOCK IT Weather Control Hairspray to lock in the look.