Steps And Tips: How To Curl Hair With A Straightener (Flat Iron)
- Jan 15, 2020
- in News
Nowadays, wavy hairdos or curly strands are trendy hairstyles that many women are interested in. To style these luscious hairdos, the hair straightener is a useful tool. Get how to curl hair with a straightener through reading this MCSARA post.
Tools To Curl Hair
Before you can jump in with your straightener and get to curling, you’ll need a few products to keep your hair healthy and happy while you work towards your curly-haired goals. These products can include:
- Hairbrush: We recommend a brush specifically made for detangling, like R+CO’s Detangling Brush, so that you can be sure your hair will be tangle-free when you get to curling. A boar bristle brush, like CURLISTO’s Small Boar Bristles Brush, can also be used to brush through curls after styling. Want to keep your curls piece? Forget the brush and separate them with your fingers.
- Comb: While this is optional if you want to include a comb in your flat iron curl routine, we recommend using a comb with a long, pointed handle for easy styling and sectioning your hair as you go. PINK PEWTER’s “Never Let Go” Color & Styling Comb is both heat and chemical resistant, making it a smart choice when working with heat styling tools!
- Flat Iron: It might be counterintuitive but a good straightener can be your best friend for creating beautiful curls. While you can use any straightener you like, a fun choice is SLEEK’E HAIR’s Pro Infrared Titanium Flat Iron in Millennial Pink.
- Heat Protectant: If there’s one thing you’ll need when using a flat iron to get curls its heat protectant. This stuff is vital to keep your hair healthy and damage-free. Depending on the product, you’ll either apply on wet or damp hair after showering and before blow-drying (like BRIOGEO HAIR CARE’s Farewell Frizz Blowdry Perfection & Heat Protectant Crème) or spritz onto dry hair directly before straightening and curling (like FOXYBAE’s Cool AF Heat Protectant).
- Frizz Control/Anti-Humidity Products: If you find your hair gets frizzy with or without heat styling, you might want to consider adding an extra layer of protection to styled strands. Frizz control comes in many forms, from sprays to creams to oils, and which type you use depends on your hair type and personal preference. We recommend R+CO’s FOIL Frizz + Static Control Spray for keeping your curls sleek and frizz-free throughout the day, or R+CO’s Moon Landing Anti-Humidity Spray if you live in a humid climate.
- Hairspray: For a finishing touch to keep your curly look, spritz a hairspray with a flexible to medium hold like IGK HAIR’s Intern Flexible Hairspray. This hairspray will keep your style intact while still allowing for the natural movement of your hair and no crispy feel to your strands!
The Reasons Why You Should Curl Your Hair with a Straightener
- Straightener curls are fast. Matrix Artistic Director Dilek Onur-Taylor said that use a flat iron to curl the hair on photo sets all the time. You can usually do an entire head with 10 sections or less.
- Straightener curls are modern. Modern hairstyles are easy and relaxed. Flat irons produce a more compressed, elongated shape than a traditional curling iron. It is better for forming tight, round curls.
- Straightener curls are versatile. You can style so many shapes with a hair straightener. According to Matrix Artistic Director and owner of The Loft Salon in Boston, Michael Albor, it’s all about the shape of the sections.
- Straightener curls are long-lasting.“I equate a flat iron to a waffle maker or a panini press,” says Matrix Artistic Director Michelle O’Connor. “With those tools, you have the heat on both sides. With a curling iron, you’re not ‘cooking’ both sides with heat so you may not be heating the hair thoroughly. With a flat iron, you’re heating up both sides of the hair, and that means the curls or waves are well-set and last forever. The hair will not droop.”
How to Curl Hair with Straightener
- Apply the heat protector spray to dry hair and comb it through to distribute the product.
- Divide your hair into vertical sections. If your hair is thick, divide it in half from ear to ear first and clip away the top.
- Clamp the hair ends and rotate the iron back slightly.
- Release the flat iron before you reach the end. Use your fingers to twirl the curl gently to set the weave, and gently drop the hair.
- Workaround your head, alternating the direction of each curl. If you’ve clipped away the top, finish the bottom, unclip the top and repeat.
- Once all the hair is curled, let it cool completely.
- Gently blend the curls and mist with a texturizing sea salt spray for volume and to define the curl shape.
Tips for Curling Hair with a Straightener
- Always Start with a Heat Protector. Any time you use a thermal styling tool, it’s wise to use a heat protection product to protect your hair from damage. “Be sure to spray the thermal protectant all the way down the hair shaft,” advises Michael, “particularly on the ends, which are the most porous areas of the hair and need the most protection.”
- Keep Moving. One of the most important secrets to mastering your flat iron curls is to make sure you don’t stop as you work along the hair section. “Always keep the straightener moving so you don’t burn the hair,” says Michael.
- Start at Eye Level. Modern beach waves begin a few inches away from the top of the head, so when curling with a hair straightener, insert the iron at eye level. Michael suggested that if you have some natural wave or curl, use the iron to smooth the first three inches of hair before beginning the curl.
- Omit the Ends. If you’re looking for an on-trend, lazy wave, leave the ends of each section straight when curling your hair with a straightener. “For a beach feel, the texture should be concentrated on the midshafts only,” says Michael.
- Consider Curl Direction. Dilek also said that if you like more structure to your look, direct each wave or curl away from your face. If you like a more undone, natural curl pattern, alternate directions-one inward, one outward, etc.
- Smooth, Then Wave. If your hair is curly, use your straightener first to smooth your hair, then go back and create your desired wave. “You can’t take hair that’s curly and go right into it, you have to straighten it first,” says Michelle, “especially if you want to have that modern look where the shape is disheveled and loose.”
- Prep Your Upstyles.Curling your hair with a straightener is the first step if you’re going to create an upstyle-whether it’s a messy bun or a loosely gathered chignon. The flat iron will produce the easy, lived-in shape that makes the perfect foundation for a special occasion hairstyle.
Best Hair Straightener For Each Hair Type
Do you know that each hair type only suits the individual straightener? If you have no idea about this situation, you will harm your hair indirectly. Thus, the following list of good hair straighteners may help you:
When choosing the hair straightener or curling your hair with this tool, these tips will be helpful. For those who use hair extensions like 14 inch weave hair from MCSARA, it is available since curling hair by applying straighteners. We hope you have a great time to enjoy the gorgeous curls in the new year.