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How to Curl Hair with a Flat Iron

Aastha Dogra
Flat irons, though mostly used to straighten hair, are now also being used for curling hair. Here is a simple step-wise procedure which can easily be carried out at home.
We always want the things we do not have. That's human nature. Nowhere is this more applicable than when it concerns one's appearance. Those who have black eyes, desire blue eyes, and vice versa. Those who have white complexion would do anything to get themselves tanned.
Those who have straight hair would love to have curly hair. Scientific advancements have been successful in fulfilling all such demands and desires. There are lenses to change eye color, tanning parlors to change skin color, and flat irons to get curly hair.

Things to Remember

When curling hair with a flat iron, make sure that the hair is completely dry. Although there are some flat irons which claim that they can be used on slightly wet hair, yet, for best results, blow-dry your hair completely. If you have time, you can let your hair dry naturally, as this will prevent any kind of damage caused by excess heat.
The second thing to remember is to choose an iron which is very thin. An ideal iron used for curling should be about one inch in width, and it should have ceramic plates. Also, make sure that it has round corners, so that curling can be done appropriately.


Step 1:

As mentioned earlier, make your hair completely dry. Next, comb the hair properly and remove all the tangles in it.

Step 2:

Apply a thermal protector to the hair. Application of a heat protector is very essential, as it helps in minimizing the damage that may be caused to the hair because of the heat of the flat iron.

Step 3:

The flat iron needs to be heated to about 400 ºF before it can be used. You should read through the manual too which comes along with flat iron, and heat it in accordance with the temperatures mentioned in it.

Step 4:

Once it is heated up to the appropriate temperature, clamp a small section of your hair, say about two inches, with the flat iron, halfway across the hair. Depending upon the direction you want your hair to be curled in, turn the iron about 180º away or towards your scalp.
Now, slowly pull it across the hair length till the tips of the hair. Remember to pull the iron very slowly, as this will help in maintaining the tension on the just formed curl, resulting in tighter and well-shaped curls.

Step 5:

Once you are done with one section of the hair, take another small, two-inch section, and repeat the previous step. Using the same procedure, curl the hair on your entire head.

Step 6:

After the curls have been done, use a hairspray, such as aerosol hairspray, on the curled hair. Application of hair spray will keep the curls intact and in proper shape for a very long time.
The procedure is simple, though precaution must be taken to keep the flat iron at least one inch away from the scalp, to prevent any damage.