How to Use a Straightening Iron to Curl Hair

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A straightening iron can be used to curl the hair by separating the hair into small sections, using a light hairspray or thermal product, and running the straightener down the hair shaft in a spiral motion. Create loose, squared curls using a straightening iron with information from a professional hair stylist in this free video on hair care.

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Hi, my name is Lauren. Today, I'm here to discuss, how to use a straightening iron to curl hair. When curling your hair with a straightening iron, it gives a little bit different of a curl. It actually gives more of a squared curl, rather than a round curl, which makes sense, considering your iron is a little bit more square in shape. To start, what you're going to do, is you're going to separate your hair into small sections, and kind of just work through your hair, with your flatiron. You're going to spray your hair with a thermal tool, the thermal setting spray, hairspray, anything of that nature. Something that can give you a little bit more of a hold, plus also protect your hair from the intense heat of the iron. You're going to then put the iron up by the top of your head, and flip your wrist, in order to bring it down. You can curl it more than once, and then let it go. I'm just going to make that smaller. You're going to continue to kind of drag the hair down, curling your flatiron as you go, and flipping your wrist. It creates a little bit more of a squared curl. It gives you a little bit more of that tasseled wave look, rather than that very spiraled curl. You're going to drag it all the way down, and you'll continue through with your hair, through the rest of your hair, until you get the desired curl that you want, and you get that nice tasseled wave look, and that is how to curl your hair, with a straightening iron.

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