Flat Iron Styling Tricks
My flat iron won my personal VIP beauty award the day I first used it. In just minutes, it took my thick, wavy, sometimes uncontrollable hair under its wing and transformed it into the smooth, silky, straight hair of my dreams. And for years, I used it solely for that purpose—to combat my hair’s natural texture and give it a sleeker appearance.
But did you know that flat irons are capable of doing so much more? At the time, I didn’t, and now that I do I regret wasting so much valuable flat iron time using it only to achieve one style! Here are several fun, chic styles you can achieve using your flat iron.
Get Cool, Beachy Waves
Who knew? It turns out a flat iron can give you those beachy waves all of us covet throughout summer. The easiest way to achieve the look is to begin by braiding your hair. My preference is to create three or four braids, but this is dependent on your hair’s volume. (Even one braid works if your hair is on the fine side.) Follow by running your flat iron over each braid, slowly working down and applying gentle pressure. When you’re done, undo each braid and run your fingers through your hair for an effortless, tousled look. Finish with a spritz of TIGI Session Series Salt Spray ($13.99) to increase the textured finish and combat humidity.
Curl Your Hair
You can also use your flat iron just like a traditional curling iron—and in many cases, you might even achieve a more natural looking curl with your flat iron. To get a tight coil with heavy bounce, grip your hair between the iron’s plates just as you would if you were straightening. As you slide the iron down, slowly twist the iron in your hand so that your hair wraps around the barrel of the iron. It should wrap in a complete rotation. Hold this for a moment before gently releasing the hair. It should fall into a bold curl. If you want to loosen the curls up, run a comb or your fingers through your hair and shake it out. For great results, try FHI HEAT Eps Black Diamond Digital Hair Iron ($168.89). Its one-inch size makes it easy to achieve many different looks.
Ever wish you could emulate the glamorous look of your favorite old-world screen stars? I do, too—and if only it was as easy as waking up in the morning and being as naturally elegant as Hollywood’s most classic sirens. But a flat iron can do at least a portion of the job just as well. The vintage “S” wave is one you’ll recognize immediately. It’s associated with the Roaring Twenties, a look that’s just so iconic you can’t help but appreciate its beauty. The easiest way to get the look is to push a section of hair into an “S” shape (best achieved by pushing it upward), clamping down on this section with your flat iron, and holding to set the wave. Then repeat, working your way down until your entire mane is complete. Hold the waves with a setting product, like Big Sexy Hair Spritz & Stay Intense Hold Fast Drying Hair Spray ($14.99).