How to Curl Your Hair with a Straightener!!
Prepping Your Hair
1 Start with completely dry hair.
Wet hair won't curl at all, and damp hair won't curl as well. Even if you want to use the wet-to-dry hair straighteners, it’s wont hold the curls .If you're blow drying your hair first, use mousse. The extra volume will keep your hair from looking too flat as you curl it.
2.Use a thin flat iron.
Your straightener should be Kadori 1 Inch plate to handle. A flat, paddle-style iron won't be able to do curls. It’ll be much harder to hold and wrap if you have this kind of straightener and the hair won’t want to stay in the right place. You can try it, but it won't be as easy.Heat the iron up to the minimum temperature you need for your hair. If your hair is fine and thin, stick to the low end of the dial. Only turn it up if your hair tends to be coarse or frizzy.
3. Apply heat protection.
Applying a heat protection or a thermal spray creates a protective barrier between the hair and the iron so that the hair doesn't "frizzle" and burn. Spray all over your hair and comb through – if you don't have a comb, just run your fingers through your hair to distribute the product. If you have thick hair, spray it on each section before you tackle it. If you just spray it on the top of all your hair, it won’t hit the bottom layers.
4. Part your hair into sections.
If you have really thick hair, you'll have better luck curling it in sections instead of trying to attack the whole mess at once. Tie up the hair above your ears and put it in a bun on the top of your head. It needs to be out of the way.
Exploring Different Looks
- Start at the bottom of your scalp, close to your ears and neck. Leave down as much hair as you can work with for your first "layer" of curls, and pin up the rest.
- Once that layer is done, you'll unclip your hair and let down another layer. Again, clip up what you can't curl right now.
- Keep curling in layers. For the last layer, you may wish to curl front to back.
- However, if you're on a time crunch and your hair is naturally wavy, you should be able to get away with just curling the top layer and the frame around your face.
1. Alternate flicks and curls. Flicks and curls are simply two slightly different ways to curl your hair with a flat iron. Try both to see what you like.
- Flicks: Start half-way down the length of hair, clamp the iron closed and turn it back on itself in a half turn. You should now have created a U-shape with the hair and the iron. Keeping the iron on that half-turn angle, slowly move it down the hair shaft to the end of the hair. The faster you move the iron, the less pronounced the curl/flick will be. If you like big soft flicks, slow down your iron.
- Curls: Starting fairly close to the scalp (but not close enough to accidentally burn it), clamp the iron closed and turn it back on itself a half turn (the same as with flicks). Run the iron slowly down the hair shaft to the end. Again, the slower you move the iron, the tighter the curl. The faster you move the iron, the gentler the wave.
2. Make more pronounced curls by turning the straightener a full turn, instead of a half.
With flicks and curls, you just rotated the hair straightener a half turn. If you want more ringlet-y, complete curls, rotate the straightener a full turn, turning the hair over onto itself, sort of creating a loop.
- Find out what your hair tends to do between the half and the whole turn. You may find that half is enough, or that a three-quarters turn is more ideal for you. What's more, certain days may be half-turn days, and other days will feel like full-turn days. It's up to you!
3. Experiment with turning your straightener under and over.
When you rotate your flat iron, whether it’s a half-rotation or a full-rotation, you’re confronted with a decision to make: to turn under and around or over and around. Neither is incorrect, though the curl will reverse with the change in angle. Which looks best on you?
- Just be sure to keep it consistent. It's easy to curl one way on one side and then when you switch arms to inadvertently switch directions, too. If you do wind up accidentally doing this, you'll probably be the only one who notices your curls in are different directions.
4. Or try the crimped look.
Once in a while, it feels like high time to bring back 1995. Instead of buying a crimper that you know you’re going to use once every 2 years, just use your flat iron. Clamp it down on your hair and turn it up a quarter of a turn. Then, clamp it on the next bit of hair and turn it down
a quarter of a turn. Repeat this process down the length of your hair.
- For crimping, you're clamping down on every bit of your hair. For curling, you simply curl at the top and slowly drag it down – kind of like curling ribbon on a gift or balloon.