How to Curl Hair with a Straightener: Step by Step Guide for Beginners
Have you ever seen a hairdresser, friend or family member claim to be about to curl hair and then they whip out the straighteners? You’re left sat there thinking “what the !@#? , curling with a straightener?!?!”. But somehow, these crazy people magic up a head full of curls, in half the time it takes you to use your dedicated curling tongs.
Well, we’ve got you covered…
Wonder no more, curling your hair with a straightener doesn’t need to remain a big mystery!
No longer is there need for both a straightening iron and a curling tong, from now on one tool will do. It will definitely help to save on packing space when you go on holiday or a weekend getaway.
It won’t break the bank to have to replace just one tool in the future, bonus!
Without further ado here’s how you can curl hair using a straightener:
- The first step is to ensure that your hair is tangle free. Brush those knots out before you’re stuck with straighteners trapped in a matted mess of hair and you’re wondering how your life got so hard.
- Split your hair into sections. This is important in ensuring that you don’t miss chunks of hair. It also means once you’ve perfected a curl it’s easier to leave it be and not mess it up. Start by clipping up around the top ⅔ of your hair.
- Make sure your straighteners are on and heated, duh!
- Now, this is the exciting (and slightly scary) part, but you can do it (wooo, yeah)! Take a piece of hair that’s about an inch wide. Clamp your straightener closed on this piece of hair near your root (not your ends!). Now if you’re working on the left side of your head twist the straightener about 180 degrees anti-clockwise (if you’re working on the right side, do the same clockwise). Now gently, but firmly, drag the straightener down the length of hair.
- Voila! You should have yourself a perfect curl. You just need to repeat this with the rest of your hair, remembering to take your time and to keep partitioning sections to make it easier to work with.
Now, if what you’ve ended up with is a bit of a wavy mess that’s okay. Hey, you’re new to this and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Just remember that classic saying you probably heard from grown ups your whole life ‘practise makes perfect’ (turns out they were right!).
Before you know it you’ll be rocking a perfect head of curls all crafted by your, erm, straightening tool. People will be calling you Vidal Sassoon and praising your insane hair skills (well okay, probably only in our imagination).
Some extra tips…
Hair curled with straighteners isn’t always going to look identical each time you do it. How you use the flat iron can affect the type of curl you’ll end up with.
Try holding them pointing up and down to see how you can vary your curls. Also, try manually wrapping your hair around the straighteners, after clamping them on your hair, before pulling them down.
Experiment and find what works best for you, it’s not an exact science.
Here’s a quick video on how to flat iron curls with no twisting:
If you’re wondering how to perfect and hone in your newly learned impressive skill, here are our recommendations:
- Tease out, or gently comb, your curls to give a more gentle wave or beachy look.
- Tie up your hair for a cute curly ponytail.
- Curls make an awesome messy bun, so dig out those bobby pins and get clipping.
- Sweep your hair to the side and secure at the back for a classy side swept curled look.
Now it’s time to find an excuse to sport a head full of your beautifully crafted curls. Watching Netflix in your pajamas with your cat is an excuse enough, right?
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