But do you know that you can also use flat iron to curl your hair? Yes, the exact same tool you've been using as a straightener does double duty to create gorgeous, bouncy curls hairstyles too.
- Flat iron
- Heat damage protection gel
- Choose the right flat iron. You need a skinny one; an inch-and-a half or less is best. If your hair is very coarse or curly, the flat iron needs to get very hot, at least 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Look for a flat iron with rounded edges on the plates to prevent unnatural "dents" in your hair.
- Apply a light gel that contains a heat protector to prevent hair damage.
- Dry hair completely. Even slightly damp hair will not curl as well, and a good blowout gives you a smooth start for frizz-free curls.
- Clamp a 1- to 2-inch section of hair about halfway through the strand and turn the flat iron one-and-a-half turns in the direction you want your curl.
- Pull the flat iron through the strand while maintaining tension on the curl.
- Repeat on small sections of hair until it's all curled. Don't worry—the more you do it, the faster you'll get.
- Spray with hairspray to make your curls last longer. Use aerosol hairspray to avoid over wetting you curls. Spray underneath, too.
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