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One of the most frequent questions I’m emailed is about how to curl hair with flat irons and today, I’m thrilled to be answering this! It is my go-to daily hairstyle and once you know how, it’s truly so easy – just follow these three steps!
Step One: Blow dry your hair. Before starting I always use a blow dry spray, this new Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Weightless Blow Dry Spray is fantastic. I never used to use a blow dry spray, but I’ve personally found this is key to creating salon-style hair at home.
Step Two: Curl your hair using a flat iron. It’s actually really simple when you know how – just follow my instructions below.
Step Three: Brush through your hair to loosen and soften the curls (you don’t want prom style curls!). You can choose to finish with hairspray, this Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Smoothing Anti-Humidity Hairspray is great for setting your style and keeping it sleek all day.
- After blow-drying, add a blow dry spray such as Suave Professionals Luxe Infusion Volumizing Weightless Blow Dry Spray. Turn your flat irons on (these GHD irons have been my go-to’s for 10+ years) and allow them to heat up.
- For extra smooth, frizz-free curls, I quickly run the flat irons through my hair, all over.
- Curl the hair in sections. I generally start at the bottom of my ear downwards (tying everything above it up in a bun). Then I work up to the top of my head in two-inch height sections.
- You can now start curling this bottom section. This is the part to master (when I first learned, for the first few sections I had no idea, but pretty quickly it becomes second nature and so easy):
– To curl your left side, hold your irons in your right hand, the top of your hand should face away from your body, your palm facing in and thumb towards the sky.
– Put the opening end of the irons (with the hot plates) towards the back of your head, the irons should be aligned almost entirely horizontal with a slight tilt down towards the back of your neck.
– Place the top of your hair strand (near the roots) inside the two hot plates. Pull down a little to where you want the curls to start (for a looser, more relaxed beachy feel, allow a couple of inches).
– You should still be holding the iron with the top of your hand facing away from your body, your palm facing inwards.
– Now twist your hand up and over, so the top of your hand is now facing in towards your head and your palm is facing outwards. (Remember, the irons should be almost horizontal, with a slight angle down towards the back of your neck). You always want the curls to pull away from the face.
– Keep your hand in this position and slowly pull the iron down through to the end of your hair.
– To avoid any kinks or iron marks, keep the irons moving – you don’t need to hold it in place to make the curl. GHD irons are so hot they curl the hair immediately (which is why I love them!).
Repeat this process for all hair in the section and continue until all hair is curled. I usually take pieces of hair about an inch wide (if I’m in a rush and need to work really quickly, I use wider pieces).
You will now have gorgeous curls! Be sure to brush through and loosen them a little, then finish with a good spray to keep the style in place, I like Suave Professionals Luxe Smooth Anti-Humidity Hairspray.
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