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Wondering how everyone else gets those gorgeous, loose waves? Wonder no more! The answer lies in your straightening iron. It may seem counteractive since it has “straightening” right in the name, but this hairstyling tool can create shapes in your hair you may have thought were only possible with hot rollers. Here’s how to create loose, beachy waves or smooth curls with your ¾- or 1-inch flat iron.
Start with dry hair. It can be air-dried, towel-dried, or blow-dried, but for the smoothest and most volumized results, it’s best to blow dry your hair with a round brush first. Apply a thermal protector like TreSemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray to protect your hair from heat styling damage.
Section off your hair to make it easier to get each part. Pin upper parts of your hair out of the way, leaving lower parts to style.
Take a one or two-inch section of hair and clamp the flat iron around the hair at the root. Move it slowly down the hair shaft until you reach the point where you want the wave to begin, then rotate the iron away from you 180 degrees so the iron is vertical. Pull it through your hair slowly, keeping it vertical. You may need to hold the ends of your hair as it goes through to keep it from falling out of the flat iron.
Continue with each one to two-inch section until you have done your entire head.
Once all of your hair is wavy or curly, use a mousse or hairspray to set the style and keep it lasting all day. If using a mousse, apply it to your palms and scrunch it into your hair.
If you find that your hair is coming out straight even with your flat iron rotated, you’re probably moving the flat iron through your hair too quickly. Pause for a few seconds at each part of each section of hair, though not long enough to burn the hair. The longer you hold the hair in the flat iron, the curlier it will be. If you hold the hair for a long time and use the same technique, it will come out in a curl. If you have really thick hair, you may need to increase the heat on your flat iron, if your model allows.
Now that you’ve mastered waves and curls with your flat iron, you can use the extra space your curling iron took up in your suitcase to bring an extra cute bikini or bring home some extra souvenirs from your next trip.