Introduction: How to Curl Your Hair With a Flat Iron

You don't need a curling iron to get perfect curls you’ll love! Next time you are looking for a new, fun hairstyle, pull out your flat iron and get these amazing results!

Hair style was done by Sharelle Loudd at Beautique Salon in San Jose, CA. She was awesome enough to demonstrate this secret technique while we documented the process. We hope these tips will help you make the most of your long natural hair.

Thanks to audreyobscura for the beautiful photography.

Step 1: What You'll Need

Supplies:

Step 2: Comb Out and Pin Up Hair

Take a half inch section from the nape of her neck and spray with oil sheen. Oil sheen helps with the glide of the flat iron over the hair. Go ahead and smooth the oil sheen through the body of the hair.

Tips for Curling Hair:

  • Wrap as if you were using a curling iron (don't close the flatiron completely).
  • Use less heat for blonde hair and scale up as hair darkens.
  • You can tell if you're putting enough heat in with the flatiron by feeling the hair. It should feel warm, which lets you know that the heat is reaching all of the hair.
  • You can't put too much hair in at once, or it'll be too too tough.
  • Don't do the tips of your hair until the end, as they require the least amount of heat to retain the curl.

Here is just the motion you will be using as you twirl you wrist to turn the flat. Check your pulse, twist, look at your watch, twist, repeat:

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Step 3: The Basics of the Curl

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Take flatiron and use it underneath your hair. You will be twirling your wrist around while holding the hair with your other hand when making the turn. So you are turning the flat iron, not the hair around the flat iron.

As you can see in these gifs, you aren't wrapping all of your hair around the flat iron like you would with a curling iron. Instead you wrap just part of the hair and slowly and carefully pull it down the length of the hair.

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Step 4: Flat Iron Up

This method is to get "Beach body wave curls," a looser curl that falls down your back.

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So instead of pointing the tip of the flatiron down, point it up, angling up (the angles do the curls).

Keep hair centered in the flatiron to avoid snags. Once you have it all wound around the flat iron, carefully unwind. If the curl comes out too tight, you can run your fingers through it to loosen it up.

Unlike the other curl, you wrap all the hair around the flat iron and then carefully unwrap it.

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Step 5: Finished Look

To finish off the look, spritz with Kenra. You can also use an oil sheen and comb the top part of the hair to smooth it out.

Comments

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indigo236 made it! (author)2017-01-19

i loved the look of the curls i have natural ringlets but i love to experiment with hair styles

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2017-01-20

Thanks and I agree, always fun to try new hairstyles :D

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AnikaP1 made it! (author)2016-06-28

All this is so well documented and that's great! I have poker straight hair but I crave for curls and more volume all the time. I also use flat iron to curl my hair but the difference is - I'm NOT able to do this good job. But it is also damaging my hair so I'm trying some more ways to curl my hair without heat which I read here http://thelifesquare.com/how-to-curl-your-hair-85...And I must say one of them worked for me really well.

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RachaelM24 made it! (author)2016-06-17

Cant wait to try this for the last day of school so excited

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2016-06-20

Yay! Love to see a picture if you get a chance :)

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AnaR33 made it! (author)2016-02-08

♥ Karmin makes the best in my opinion ^_^

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Simran Sharma made it! (author)2015-10-30

I like it

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AmiR11 made it! (author)2015-07-12

Can you please show the motion with the hair inside the flat iron? I am THAT clueless....is there a good number of seconds inbetween flipping your wrist? Are you wrapping around the flat iron or through it?

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BeBeautyAshley made it! (author)2015-05-08

Im Trying this with my Victorya flat iron from ISA Professional, the ceramic tourmaline plates should be perfect for this. Thanks for this!

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shelbyE made it! (author)2015-04-22

i have tried it is so great if you are in a hurry for a b day part or wedding

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AmandaKelly made it! (author)2014-12-02

Hi, nice advices! My Karmin works really well at straightening and curling hair.

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sujistar made it! (author)2014-05-31

going
to
try for
sure:-)

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poutbrush made it! (author)2014-03-10

Wow your hair is so beautiful! :)

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Muhaiminah Faiz made it! (author)2014-03-02

The curls look soooo cute! I've never used flat iron for curling hair! I'll try :)

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PitStoP made it! (author)2014-02-27

You have long beautiful red hair.. =)

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-02-28

Tanks!

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PitStoP made it! (author)PitStoP2014-02-28

You're welcome!

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lindarose92 made it! (author)2014-02-26

Wow, this is so well documented! My hair is too straight but I want curls and more volume all the time so I keep doing "this"...the difference is that I do it much quicker and mostly on the front, because I don't have the patience to do it on my whole hair :D It's useless to say that my result is NOT that good!!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-02-28

I'm sure it looks very cute :) It does get to take a really long time with lots of hair!

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blissful2015 made it! (author)2014-02-25

such great images and you have the prettiest hair princess nicole!!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-02-28

Why thank you :) I do love these pictures Audrey took! They made my hair look quite fabulous :)

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Abigail02 made it! (author)2014-02-25

Cute!! I have done this before!!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-02-28

Thanks! I still need to try it myself. I only have a 2 inch flat iron, so I want to see what results I get with that :)

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)2014-02-25

Wow, those GIF's really show the technique. Your hair looks great!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-02-25

Yeah those gifs are pretty awesome and that hair! Wow!

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