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You don't always need a curling iron to get wonderful curls! 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 technique while we documented the process. Any mistakes are ours.

Beautiful photography by audreyobscura!

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Step 1: What you'll need

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Step 2: Comb Out and Pin Up Hair

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Take half inch section from the nape of her neck, spray with oil sheen. Oil sheen helps with 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.
  • The way you can tell if you're putting enough heat in with the flatiron,
    feel your hair. It should feel warm, which lets you know that the heat is reaching all of the hair.
  • Can't put too much hair in at once, or it'll be too tough to
  • 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:


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.


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

shelbyE1 month ago

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

AmandaKelly5 months ago

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

sujistar11 months ago

try for

poutbrush1 year ago

Wow your hair is so beautiful! :)

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

PitStoP1 year ago

You have long beautiful red hair.. =)

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  PitStoP1 year ago


You're welcome!

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!!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  lindarose921 year ago

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

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

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  blissful20151 year ago

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

Abigail021 year ago
Cute!! I have done this before!!
Penolopy Bulnick (author)  Abigail021 year ago

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 :)

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

Penolopy Bulnick (author)  mikeasaurus1 year ago

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