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10 Ways To Style Your Hair With A Flat Iron

08 February 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

If we had to pick just one hot tool to use for the rest of our lives, it would be a flat iron. We know what you’re thinking—what if you don’t want to have straight hair for the rest of your life? We’re here to let you know flat irons are much more versatile than their name leads you to believe.

Skeptical? We’ve rounded up 10 incredibly stylish ways to style your hair with a flat iron.

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Flippy Ends

This is a quick and easy way to switch up your go-to straight style. Simply use your flatiron to curl your ends up and away from your face. If you’re looking for a more subtle style, invert your flipped ends and curl them up and towards your face.

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Big Barrel Curls

Get big, bouncy curls for your next special event using nothing more than your flatiron and some hairspray. Begin at the back of your head and spray 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair with a heat protectant. Quickly pass the flatiron over one section before lightly clamping down on your hair a half an inch from your ends.

Then, twist the flatiron towards your head, wrapping the section of hair around your flat iron the same way you would a curling iron. Continue curling 2-inch sections until you’ve completed your entire head. Set your style with a medium hold hair spray.

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Feathered Bangs

Are your bangs in a bit of a styling rut? Look no further than this ‘70s-inspired ‘do. To achieve this look, simply flat iron your bangs up and away from your face.

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Beach Waves

These days, there are all kind of hair tools whose sole purpose is to create flawless beach waves. However, when beach waves first became a staple on red carpets all over the world—they were created by flat irons.

To create these runway worthy waves, begin at the back of your head working 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Clamp your flat iron at the base of the section and then twist your flat iron vertically. Then, slowly pass the flat iron over the section keeping a slight bend in your wrist to create the subtle wave. Once you’ve completed your entire head, run your fingers through your waves to give them a tousled final look and set your style with a light hold hair spray.

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Sleek and Straight

Begin at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair at a time. Spray each one with a heat protectant and slowly pass over it with a flat iron followed by a comb. If necessary, do an additional pass with the flat iron to get your hair as straight and sleek as possible. Continue flat ironing 2-inch sections of hair until you’ve completed your entire head.

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Jumbo Crimped

Start at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Clamp the base of each section with your flat iron, flip the flat iron down and hold it in place for 15 seconds.

Then, move your flat iron down the section of hair, flip it up, and hold it in place. Continue twisting the flat iron up and down until you reach the bottom of the section. Once you’ve crimped your whole head, set your look with a flexible hold hair spray.

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Twisted Texture

Flat irons are known for making your hair look sleek and smooth, but they can also create some killer texture. For this laid back look, begin at the back of your head working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Twirl each section until it forms one big twist and run your flat iron over the twist. Continue to hold the bottom of the twist for a few seconds until your hair cools down, then release and untwirl the twist. Once you’ve completed your whole head, run you fingers through your locks to create a perfectly unkempt look and set your style with a flexible hold hairspray.

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Crimped Braid Out

Crimped hair has officially made a comeback! If you haven’t seen a crimper since 1998 but you can’t get enough of the trendy style, we have a styling hack just for you. Begin by applying a medium hold styling mousse throughout your hair.

Working with 1-inch sections of hair, create small braids all over your head. Then, slowly pass the flat iron over each braid until your hair is just heated through. Allow your braids to cool completely before releasing them, then finish your look with a spritz of shine spray.

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Braided Out Waves

The technique to create these waves is identical to the crimped braid out style. However, by creating larger braids you’re left with waves instead of a crimp. To begin, work a medium hold styling mousse throughout your locks before sectioning off your hair into four to six large segments. Braid each section and slowly pass the flat iron over it, allowing your braids to cool completely before releasing them. Finish your look with a spritz of shine spray.

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Pin Curls

The pin curl technique has been around for decades and flat irons make them even easier to create. Allowing your hair to cool down while it’s pinned creates a style that will survive dancing all night long.

Begin at the back of your head, working with 2-inch sections of clean, dry hair. Pass the flat iron over each section, keeping the iron slightly angled to create a curl. Take the warm section of hair and roll it towards your scalp. Pin the curl to your head with a bobby pin before moving on to the next section.

Once you’ve pinned your entire head, allow your curls to cool completely. Remove all of the bobby pins and gently rake your fingers through your curls to break them up. Set your look with a flexible hold hair spray.

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