Ask anyone, and they’ll probably tell you that their flat iron is one hot tool they can’t live without. While we’ve used flat irons for years to create sleek, straight ‘dos, the versatile styling tool does much more than the name suggests. It can also be used to create tons of styles from loose beach waves to tight pin curls.
Looking to learn the basics of how to curl your hair with a flat iron? Cassi Pinder, L'Oréal Professionnel artist, is here to teach you how to master flat iron curls. Whether you have long dark brown hair or short ash blonde strands, you’re going to want to take notes.
How To Curl Hair With A Flat Iron
Section the hair.
Before you begin curling, be sure to apply a few spritzes of heat protectant throughout your mane. We recommend the Redken Iron Shape 11 Heat Protectant Spray. This lightweight, thermal heat protection hairspray is perfect for use with flat irons and curling irons up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit to protect your hair, add shine and reduce frizz. Detangle your mane with a boar bristle brush to avoid any snarls while you’re styling.
Part your hair down the middle and choose which side of your head you want to curl first. Gather a 1-inch section of hair that’s closest to the nape of your neck. Use a clip to keep the top half of the hair out of the way for now.
Begin your first curl.
Pick up the first 1-inch piece of hair that you’re going to curl. Spray the L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Infinium 3 Hairspray onto the hair for extra hold, then clamp the flat iron at the base of the section.
Create your curl.
Holding the iron horizontally with one hand, begin twisting the iron downward as you pass it through the section.
Use your other hand to guide the hair through the iron as you twist. Release the strand from the iron once you reach your ends.
Release the hair from the clip and gather another 1-inch section. Continue curling the hair in 1-inch segments repeating the same technique, starting at the back of your head and working your way towards the front.
Pro tip: Gently run your fingers through the hair while it’s still warm to loosen the curl.
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