Method 2 of 5: Using a Flat IronHeat up the flat iron. Most flat irons will need a little time to heat up before you can use them. If you try to curl your hair with the iron before it reaches the correct temperature, the curls will not hold.
- Some flat irons will have different settings which you can play around with until you achieve the best result. Try to keep it at the lowest temperature possible though, to cause less damage to your hair.
- A good guide is 320ºF (160ºC) for fine hair and 430ºF (220ºC) for thicker hair.
- The width of the flat iron is also important when it comes to curling your hair. You need to use a thin flat iron – about one to two inches (2.5-5 cm) in width – as a flat, paddle-style flat iron will not work for curls.
- You can add a little volumizing mousse to your hair before drying, which will help give you bouncy curls and prevent your hair from looking flat once styled.
- Brush out any tangles while the iron heats up. Start at the end of your hair and brush out the bottom few inches, then work your way up until you can easily brush through the length of your hair.
- Heat protector sprays can be found at most drug stores and hair salons.
- Pin or clip up the top section of your hair. Using your thumbs, grab everything that’s above the top of your ears and clip it up on top of your head.
- Release layers as you work. When the bottom layer of hair is finished, unclip your hair and let out a little more, clipping up the excess again. Continue working this way until all your hair is curled.
- The position of the flat iron will determine what kind of curls you end up with. If you want your hair curled from the root to tip, position the flat iron as close to your scalp as possible, without burning it.
- If you just want to curl just the ends of your hair, position the flat iron about halfway down the hair to begin. This is called a flick.
- The slower you move the iron, the tighter the curls will be. If you move the iron down the hair too quickly, your curls will be soft and loose.
- Remember that using bigger sections of hair (more than two inches wide) will result in bigger, looser curls, while using smaller sections of hair (less than two inches) will give you smaller, tighter ringlets.
- Once you have curled your hair, do not brush it with a hairbrush. It will loosen the curls too much and they will fall out.
- If you brush out curls with a hairbrush, your hair will look wavy rather that curly, which can be a nice style in itself.
- Choose a loose hold hairspray so your curls aren’t too stiff and you hair doesn’t feel too “crunchy”. Hold the can about 12-14 in (30.5 cm – 35.5 cm) away from your head and spray evenly around your head. Be careful not to apply too much.
- Never apply hairspray to your hair before you curl it, as some styling guides recommend. The combination of the heat from the irons and the alcohol in the hairspray will fry your hair.
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