March 27, 2012

How To: Soft Flat Iron Curls

Recently I've had a lot of requests for a step-by-step on these curls -


These curls are done with a flat iron.  A huge part of getting your flat iron curls to turn out is using the right kind of flat iron! When picking out a flat iron that's good for curling, look for one that's skinny, has rounded edges, and gets somewhat hot on the outside of the plates as well.  For these curls I used the GHD Classic Styler.  Also, don't be fooled by those kiosks in the mall claiming their flat irons are the only ones designed to curl and straighten.  If a flat iron is skinny, has rounded edges and gets hot on the outside, you can curl with it.

See a video tutorial for flat iron curls HERE.  

1.  On dry hair, brush out any tangles.
2.  I always start curling at my part, but if it's easier for you, you can do it in sections and start in the back.  Either way, take a section about the size of the one I am holding.
 
3.  To start curling, place the flat iron about 3/4 of the way up the strand.
4.  Close the flat iron and twist it away from your face one time, then pull it slowly down the rest of the hair strand while it's still clamped shut.
 
5.  Your curl should look similar to this one, but if it doesn't, these tips might help:
*If your curl doesn't look this curly:  slide the flat iron more slowly down the hair strand, giving it more time to get each part of the hair hot enough.  You can also try taking a smaller section.  Flat iron curls also work best on clean, smooth hair.  If there is too much product or if it's too tangled it won't curl as well. 
*If your curl is only curled at the very ends:  Spend more time curling at the top of the strand than at the ends.  I always hold the flat iron longer at the top because I want to make sure it's curled. 
*If your curls are kinked:  Your gripping the flat iron closed too tightly.  You don't need to grip it really tight to get it to curl.  Try holding it closed a little more softly.
6.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 to curl the remainder of your hair.
 
7.  Once it's finished, it should look similar to this.
8.  To smooth the curls and make more of a wave, run a pick through your hair. 

 9.  Once it's combed out it will look less curly and more wavy.
10.  I like my curls a little less bouncy than this.  If you want your curls not so curly, run the flat iron over the ends a few times until it has the amount of curl you want.

11.  This is how it looks after I flat iron the ends.
12.  Finally, get some pomade or wax on your fingers and run them through your hair to add more definition and body.  I am using Unite Second Day.   

 Lovely flat iron waves!

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83 comments:

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    1. Yes, this tips are amazing, I have tried to do and it looks good work in my hair style. But, to avoid from brittle you should to combine with natural treatment oil.
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  2. Hi! I love your blog and esp your post! I tired this and my hold did not hold...I think it might be a product issue. could you tell me what products you used? from shampoo, conditioner, to styling product and hairspray??? Thanks!

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  3. Thanks steph! This was very helpful. I didn't do much curling with the flat iron before because it would never turn out well. But I tried what you told me to do and it worked awesome! Thanks!

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  4. I'm gonna try this tomorrow. Thanks for the step by step instructions!

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  5. Like Katie A. (above), whenever I tried to curl my hair with a flat iron it wouldn't work. Your post totally helped & I love the way my hair turned out! Thanks!

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  6. Nice thanks!!! Helps a ton! Nicole

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    1. Beautiful hair!! I was wondering what flat iron you were using? That would help me a ton, thanks!

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    2. Check out the first paragraph. She lists the one she used and a few she likes.

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  7. Gorgeous! I was just trying to figure out something new to do with my hair. Will this work the same on fine or thin hair?

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    1. yes! I have very fine hair and I just tried this and it works great...make sure you pull the iron at a constant speed or it gets sort of wonky that was the only problem i had!

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  8. Exactly what I have been looking for!

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  9. Great tutorial! I curl mine all the time with a flat iron. People always ask about it and are really surprised when I say it's with a flat iron. I like your softer girls, though. I usually wear mine a bit tighter, but I'd really like to mix it up some day with this more beachy look (if that makes any sense!). Thanks!

    Found you through pinterest, btw! Great blog!

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  10. This is how I always do mine too but hadn't thought of step 10 to make it more of a wave. Will try that for sure. My curls stay in for 3 days without any product (and if I can stand to not wash my hair that long!).

    Lov your colour too!

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  11. I really love this one i think i need to grow my bangs out more like yours before im able to pull this one off. :) You're awesome BTW

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  12. I love those curls. Thanks for the step by step instructions. I will try it out.

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  13. this is awesome, I love the look thx

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  15. I had never used a straightening iron before today, but saw this tutorial & borrowed one. My hair came out looking fantastic! Thank you for including the tips - they really helped a lot. I will definitely be getting one of the straightening irons you recommended. Thank you for the great Step by Step!

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  16. Amazing tutorial, this is my new favorite hairstyle!!! The waves turn out so well with this technique, thanks so much!!!

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  17. Looks fantastic. Better than when I tried to do it.

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  18. So pretty!! Whenever I curl my hair with a flat iron I always get it just curly at the ends. I'm going to try your tip and see if I can fix that! Great tutorial!

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  19. Your advice is great! I have really thick, wavy hair and it works!! Thank you very much!

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  20. What do you use to get your hair so shiny?? Nothing ever works for my hair!

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  21. Awesome tutorial! I use my flat iron when I curl BUT could never figure out how to go from curl to wave. Amazing.

    I also love how you not only use pictures but thoroughly describe each one. I definitely find far too many tutorials are picture only and I just end up stumped half way through.

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  22. I have tried this so many times and couldn't figure out why it wasn't working! This totally helped. Thanks!

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  23. Your tutorial helps me a lot to make my hair more shiny and curly!!Now all loves my new look thanx!!Best Flat Iron For Hair

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  24. wow great hair style,i love it ,i may try it sometimes :P

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  25. thank you so much for the tips, imma try that with my Karmin g3 which is excellent for straightening and curling. btw ur hair looks amazing. ^^

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  26. love the step by step so many people do picture tutorials and you miss critical movements and placements

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  27. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have been trying to learn this for years and this is hands down THE BEST tutorial! Thanks a million!

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  28. Love you tutorial thanks so much, really helpfull.

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  29. I am definitely doing this for school tomorrow!

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  30. Quick question! Do you have layers?

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  31. But what if you have the salon-sized GHD?

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  32. What is your hair cut?

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    1. It's just long with long layers. I have no bangs and I like to get my layers razored at the ends to soften them.

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    1. It is just long with long, soft layers. I have no bangs, and my shortest layer comes to about my shoulders.

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  34. Anonymous11/18/2012

    I have thin, very straight hair that does not hold curls well at all. Whenever I curl/wave my hair, my hair always drops within 3 hours after spraying it. I love the soft look but I can't find any products that will give it a soft look and hold it for the day. Can you tell me of the hair products you used to make your hair hold the waves and curls?

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  35. i tried this and it did curl, quite nicely actually, but it didn't hold at ALL!! my hair holds curl very easily and as soon as i brushed it out, it want stick straight!!! i used hairspray too!! what am i doing wrong?

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  36. Anonymous11/22/2012

    Awesome post! I need a lot of practice on this. I'm terrible at it :-/
    I also find that the ends of my hair get dry easily and I've been visiting my hairdresser regularly for trims. :(

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  37. Is the original/standard size chi straightener too big for this? I gave it a shot and the first curl came out well but I couldn't replicate it.

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    1. Yes, it works a lot better with a thinner flat iron.

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  38. just found you through Pinterest, and did your tutorial - my hair looks the best it has in months! I thought not getting my haircut for so long had ruined it for any styling, and you proved me wrong. thanks for the fabulous step-by-step!

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  39. Wow, you have changed my life. I have pin straight hair that's curl resistant and because it's heavily layered, it's really hard to curl with a curling iron. This is 10x faster and easier and amazing. It took me no time to do the front and the results are amazing. Thanks so much!

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  40. Deborah12/13/2012

    It works soooo well! Love your blog!

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  41. do you blow dry your hair before you do this or air dry?

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  42. Thank you so much for this. I've been trying to curl my hair with a flat iron for over a year and I just tried this and it worked perfectly for the first time ever. Found you on Pinterest :)

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  43. Looks great, just wish my hair would curl. My hair is so flat and negative zero (yes, I know that is not a number, lol) body. Great tutorial though.

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  46. I have the CHI and it works the same and is a little more affordable <3

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  49. Just found this site and I'm so excited! Thanks for making the instruction really clear for those of us who aren't hair naturals. One question- when I do this my waves fall out within an hour leaving my hair back to straight. Do you have any product suggestions that will hold the wave but still leave the hair looking shiny and soft?? Thanks so much!

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  50. This is fantastic! Thanks so much for posting. Your hair is gorgeous and I've always wanted to know how to get my hair like that. Your post was so helpful and well done. I'll be sure to check out the others.

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  51. Apparently I'm incapable of this.

    I've read/seen thousands of tutorials on this.
    I've tried not with one, but with THREE different straighteners.
    - all with the highest heat
    I've used that "thumb up" "thumb down" rule
    I've turned both the iron and my hair,
    I've done exactly what you and a thousand of others say to do in the tutorials.
    - My hair comes out straight.

    All this have done for me is ruin my hair.

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    1. I failed couple times at the beginning, because I had wrong product in my hair. Just as the tutorial says - it works best with clean, dry hair. Did you have any product in your hair when you were trying to curl it? Also, what type of hair do you have, we all have different textures and that influences a lot what's doable and what's not, so don't be so hard on yourself. All these tutorials are of no help for Afro hair, for example :)

      If your hair took a lot of damage from curling, it might be a good idea to trim the split ends, give it some rest and not experiment with it for a while. When you think you're ready to try again, you can go to a salon and have them do it one time for you.

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  54. Hey! Can you show us how to do the flat iron curls first? It's that I'm a disaster with that and I know a lot of ways but this one seems to be better so... coul you show us that too? Hahaha I'm sorry but I'm really a big disaster

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  55. Hi Steph, thank you for a great tutorial, your Step by steps always work for me :) I have a quick question, I'm using a 1" flat iron from ghd and I was wondering if a larger iron (ghd max styler) will give me larger sized curls? I have longer hair and I think larger curls would look better on me.

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  66. I was trying to learn to do this... for special occasions only cuz I have a ton of hair and shoulder/back issues that complicate the process. When I described it to my beautician she cautioned me that a straight iron should never be used to curl hair as it will damage it~ (450 degrees) I realized I had probably damaged my long hair once- (grown out since the photo on google:) - so I've been afraid to try again. Do you have Tips on how NOT to overheat? (btw. I have an expensive flat iron... think it's a Pretty Young Thing product-- thEy said that it Can't damage the hair. I don't know what to believe) Thanks!

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