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How to Curl Hair with a Flat Iron

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How many of you have had your hair curled with a flat iron at the salon only to have it fall apart by the time you get home? Instead of wishing you had the tools to touch up the hairstyle at home, now you can recreate this look by following these simple steps. If it doesn’t look amazing on the first try just keep practicing!

These instructions will help you achieve beautifully curled hair with your flat iron without having to pay the salon price. In order to make these instructions as useful to you as possible, we are going to give instructions for curly, wavy, and straight hair types. If you aren’t sure of your hair type, please download this hair type chart at http://shenevertells.com/?s=hair+type+chart

To achieve the best style results, please follow the instructions for your hair type.

Note:
1. Hair must be at least shoulder length in order to effectively curl hair with flat iron.
2. Do not wash hair directly before styling hair. Your hair produces natural oils that help your style last longer. If you need to wash your hair, do so the night before you plan to curl your hair.
3. If at any point in time you smell your hair burning:
        • Make sure that hair is completely dry – placing a hot iron on damp hair will cause it to burn.
        • Turn down the temperature setting on your flat iron.
 
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Step 1:

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WARNING: Flat irons contain extremely hot plates. Hair can burn if hot plates are placed directly on wet hair or if flat iron is clamped down for a very long time.

DANGER: Flat irons contain extremely hot plates. If hot flat iron is placed directly on skin it can cause severe burns. Avoid direct contact with skin when using a hot flat iron.

Step 2: Description of Equipment/List of Materials and Equipment Needed

1. Flat iron/straightener
2. Blow dryer
3. Hairbrush
4. Hair clips or hair ties
5. Mirror
6. Heat protectant hair serum (not necessary but if you have it at home you can use it)
7. Hairspray
mstevens195 months ago

I am trying this one out too with my karmin g3, thanks

rockgod12 years ago
Your tutorial is identical to this one: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Curl-Your-Hair-With-a-Flat-Iron-Revised-a/
So which one of you ripped off the other?
amani11 (author)  rockgod12 years ago
Yes, they are mostly identical. However, if you will notice the other tutorial has the words "Revised and Improved!" at the top, then you will realize that my team and I created both tutorials, with the other being "revised and improved." Thanks for your concern.
lwolfhart2 years ago
Great curls! I got almost the exact same results with my 1 inch Karmin G3 Salon Pro styling iron. It's got pure ceramic and tourmaline plates and rounded edges so it got the curls flowing and my hair was sooooo smooth and silky aftwerwards.
maryask2 years ago
I love curly hair and I always use my straightener to get that bouncy look. Thanks for the tips I'll try that with my Karmin G3 Salon Pro, it works pretty good, removes static and leaves my hair silky and shiny. :)
maturlyk2 years ago
Thanks for the tips. But the irons damage the hair. Them need special care when.http://zhenskiyzhurnal.ru/iskusstvo-byit-krasivoy/zdorovyie-volosyi/krasivyie-uhozhennyie-volosyi-kak-e%60to-voz
Ninzerbean2 years ago
I use my flat iron to curl my hair too, but I do it the same way you take scissors to a ribbon to curl it when wrapping a package. I don't wrap my hair around the iron but just angle the iron so that it is level with my head after grasping the hair, then pulling it fast. I get really tight curls. Your instructions are great, but my way will work with hair that is only 4 or 5 inches long too. I take small sections like you suggest but maybe an inch by a half inch.
amani11 (author)  Ninzerbean2 years ago
Awesome, thanks for the tips!
Ortzinator2 years ago
Wow, you look a lot like Norah Jones...
That is really cute. I had heard you could curl hair with a straightener, but had never seen it done. I have a two inch straightener, do you think that would work, or would it only really work with a skinnier one?
amani11 (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
No, I definitely think it can be done! Try it out a few times and I'm sure you'll get some lovely curls :)
kazmataz2 years ago
This looks great, but needs a main image before we can publish. I've gone ahead and unpublished so you can get back in there to add that. Thanks!
amani11 (author)  kazmataz2 years ago
Thank you so much! I added a main image and re published!