How to Get Loose Curls With a Flat Iron

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One of the hottest trends in hairstyling is loose and soft curls. Large barrel curling irons are often used to create these round curls. But a flat iron is a versatile hairstyling tool if you are on a budget. Not only can a flat iron straighten your tresses but you can also create loose curls that look natural and carefree. Here is the technique to get those touchable curls that you crave.

Things You'll Need

  • Comb
  • Thermal protectant serum
  • Flat iron
  • Curl cream

Use a comb to remove any tangles from your hair. Apply a small amount of thermal protectant serum to your palms to protect your hair from the high temperature of the flat iron. Rub your hands together and work the styling aid through your hair. Avoid getting this product on your roots because it will weigh down your hair and make it look greasy.

Allow the flat iron to heat up until it reaches the proper temperature. It is best to use a thin flat iron with a rounded barrel and plate because it allows you to create flowing curls. A flat iron that doesn’t have a rounded plate will create dents in your hair that look unnatural.

Separate a 1-inch section of hair with the comb. Use larger sections of hair if you want bigger and looser curls.

Clamp the flat iron near your roots and slowly slide the iron down your hair about 2 inches down. Avoid clamping too close to the roots because you will get too much volume and your curls won’t look bouncy. Hold the flat iron in a vertical position instead of the horizontal one that is used for straightening.

Twist your wrist a half turn until the flat iron turns back on itself. The hair and the flat iron should create a U-shape in this position.

Maintain this half-turn position and slide the flat iron down the section of hair until the ends of the hair slide through the plates. Pull the flat iron quickly down the section of hair to create loose and bouncy curls. Pulling the flat iron through the hair slowly will create tighter and smaller curls. Always pull the iron through the ends of the section of hair or you will get unnatural dents. Repeat this technique until you have curled all of the sections of hair that you desire.

Use your fingertips to work a lightweight curl cream throughout your new curls to get shine and definition.

Tips & Warnings

  • It may take some practice and patience, but the gorgeous curls you can create are worth the effort. Ask your friend for assistance if you have trouble curling the back of your hair.
  • Be careful not to burn yourself with the flat iron; this tool can reach very high temperatures.

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