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How to Curl Your Hair with Straighteners

Do you dream of flaunting beautiful beach waves? Or gorgeous 1920s inspired curls? You know, the ones you see all over Instagram and Pinterest? Well, the secret behind those soft curls that look oh so perfect is…straighteners! Believe it or not, a flat iron can do much more than just straightening. When used correctly, you can create the most beautiful waves or curls.

We know you might be questioning where to start. Who knew that something designed to straighten hair could do the complete opposite too? Stick with us and read our top tips on how to curl your hair with a straightener. You’ll have Insta-worthy ringlets in no time!

How to Curl Hair with a Straightener

Now you know that straighteners can double as curlers, we bet you’re excited to try. But you’re probably still wondering: how do you curl your hair with a straightener? It’s a technique that takes some learning, but practice makes perfect!

 

Step 1: Use Heat Protector

No matter what, you shouldn’t forget to mist heat protector spray onto hair before using heated tools. The spray creates a barrier between your hair and the heat, helping to prevent damage and keep hair safe and healthy.

Step 2: Section Your Hair

A great tip for how to curl your hair with a straightener? Make things easier for yourself by splitting your hair into sections.

Either section to the right and left so you can focus on one side at a time, or part your hair in a half-up-half-down style. If you have thicker hair, consider splitting your hair into even smaller sections, so you only have a small bit of hair to deal with at a time.

Our best tip is to start with a one-inch section of hair at the nape of your neck and then work your way up through the lengths of your hair.

Step 3: Start Curling

Take that small, 25mm section of hair just created and feed it through the irons of the straightener. Clamp down and gently pull the straightener down the section as if you were straightening your hair, but don’t go all the way! When you get to the place where you’d like the curl to begin, stop.

Now it’s time for the real technique! Pivot the straightener at a 180-degree angle away from your face, like you’re turning it back on itself half the way. Start twisting your wrist away from your face so that the hair flows over the iron and not under it. In a fluid motion, pull the flat iron down the length, ensuring the hair continues to wrap around the barrel. It’s the same technique as curling a ribbon with scissors, so try and imagine you’re doing that!

Step 4: Repeat!

Now you know the basics of how to curl your hair with a straightener, you just need to carry on! Use the same technique for the other sections for a full head of curly hair.

Want a loose, relaxed curl? Try speeding up the motion of pulling it through the hair to create an effortless look! If you want a tighter curl, make sure your hair is wrapped fully around the iron and pull through slowly. Just make sure to be consistent throughout for a beautiful, seamless finish.

Step 5: Style It Out

Now you know the basics of how to curl your hair with a straightener, you just need to carry on! Use the same technique for the other sections for a full head of curly hair.

Want a loose, relaxed curl? Try speeding up the motion of pulling it through the hair to create an effortless look! If you want a tighter curl, make sure your hair is wrapped fully around the iron and pull through slowly. Just make sure to be consistent throughout for a beautiful, seamless finish.

Best Curling Iron

Revlon’s Salon Straight Copper Smooth Styler achieves smooth, shiny styles in no time. With 10-second fast heat-up settings that reach professional temperatures of 235°C and XL Advanced Cooper styling surfaces, heat is transferred evenly and quickly to protect hair from over-styling.

The True Grip rounded plates create loose curls or waves in any hair type and offer 81% less breakage, making it the best flat iron for curling.

And there you have it, beautiful curls all done with a flat iron. You’ll never ask how to curl your hair with a straightener again!

*Based on testing by independent 3rd party lab



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