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We all love the flawless, straight, and frizz-free look a flat iron can provide. It’s a go to look for many women every day, as using the flat iron can be quick and easy for the morning routine. But, if you’re only using your flat iron to straighten your hair, it’s not living up to its full hairstyling potential!
Classic Finger Waves
Finger waves are a classic, jazz-age inspired look which can make you look ultra-professional in the work place or retro-chic for a night out. Before styling, apply mouse while hair is still wet to maximize hold when styling. To achieve finger waves, section your hair into a one to two inch section and begin with the flat iron at the top of the head. Clamp the flat iron towards the front of the head and slightly upward. Let the flat iron set the hair for about five seconds and release. Next, move the flat iron, down the section of hair about an inch to an inch and a half. Clamp the flat iron towards the back of the head and slightly down. Let the flat iron set for about five seconds and release. Repeat the pattern of front/up to back/down all the way down the section of the hair and throughout the hair you’d like styled.
Crimping using a flat iron is one of the easiest styles for the woman in a hurry. For the crimped look, first braid the hair after applying mouse to ensure hold of the style. The amount of braids depends on the size of the crimps – the larger the crimp, the fewer braids. Once the hair has been braided, run the flat iron down the braid. Hold the flat iron steady and firmly to ensure the heat reaches all parts of the braid, especially if the braid itself is thicker or you have thicker hair. Unbraid the hair to enjoy your effortlessly crimped hair.
Although it may seem a little contradictory, luscious curls can be styled using a flat iron! Because of the squared edges of some flat irons, curls can be a tricky style the first time around. A curl boosting serum can help to maximize curl volume. For best results, section hair into layers, pinning up upper layers while working with the lower layers. When the hair has been separated, start with a one to two inch section of hair, depending on how many curls you’d like. Wrap the section of hair around the flat iron (the way you would with a curling iron), but don’t clamp the flat iron shut. If you apply too much pressure, the flat iron won’t release the hair and move down the shaft, which can cause creasing instead of flowing curls. Pull the flat iron down towards the tips of your hair. The hair should slowly release from the flat iron as you go.
Don’t let your style go flat or your flat iron be a one trick pony. Try something new, and put your flat iron to use. The style possibilities are limitless.