Hi everybody! Today we’re doing a little something different, and talking about hair. I’m going to start by saying that styling my hair is the last thing I do in the morning (and therefore the first thing to fly out the window when I’m short on time… which is often). What that really translates to is that unless a hair style is quick and easy, it never happens.
So, with a lack of desire to devote the time to learning to curl my hair (and then to use my newfound skill), I decided to learn to use a straightener to make those curls. SO MUCH EASIER. And time effective. If you are a girl on the move, this move is for you.
Ok, here’s how to:
- Start by brushing your hair. Get those tangles out so you can start fresh.
- Spray dry shampoo in your roots. I’m using this brand (such a convenient travel size), but I highly recommend this much cheaper option. I love spraying with dry shampoo before I style because it gives my hair volume and staying power (and makes my hair look fresh from the shower).
- Spray hair from roots up with a heat protectant. This is super important for not frying your tips from the heat. I’m using this brand and it does the job nicely. Trust me, this step is worthwhile.
- Section off your hair. This step is optional, but it makes it much easier to make sure the curled hair and straight hair don’t get tangled. I start by sectioning off each side and putting one in a pigtail. I then split the hair on the remaining side into a top and bottom section, and use a clip to secure the top section out of the way.
- Start with a chunk of hair at the back of your head. I highly recommend working back to front so that you can throw each completed section over your shoulder and keep it out of the way of future progress. The bigger the section you choose, the looser the curl.
- Using your straightening iron, clamp down on the hair where you want the curl to begin (I’m using this iron – it’s amazing). I don’t like to start too close to my scalp, so I start a little less than half way down. You can play with where you start to see what you like best.
- Once your section of hair is clamped, rotate the iron 180 degrees away from your face. It’s the “bend” in the hair which will create the curl. I like to pull the tail of the hair section through so that it is completely wrapped around. I find this makes the curl a little tighter (although it is totally fine to leave the tail hanging).
- Pull the iron down the length of hair all the way to the end. The faster you pull, the looser your curl will be, and vice versa.
- In order to get the hair to hold its curl better, I like to catch the curled section of hair and wrap it around my finger before throwing it over my shoulder.
- And, there you have it! You curled your hair with a straightening iron. Grab a new section (from the back – it’s easier I promise!) and repeat. Once you’ve done the first section, throw the whole section behind your shoulder and let down the top part of your first half. Go from there :)
And, there you have it! Easy peasy. Trust me – even I can do it.
If you’re looking for an iron, I have a few qualities I look for – quick heat up, multiple heat options, an auto-off feature in case you forget and run out the door, and a barrel that is roughly an inch wide so that it’s great for both straightening and curling. The iron I’m using has all of these features, and I was really impressed by the quality. I really think a flat iron is the most versatile tool you can invest in.
I know this was a bit different than normal content, so I’d love to hear your thoughts! Was this helpful? Will you try this technique? Let me know how it works for you! Thank you so much for stopping by!
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