The Smoothing Iron Handbook, Part Three:
Curly Q’s (and A’s!)
Loose and beachy, formed and elegant, and everywhere in between, curls are a fast and easy way to make any day a little more fabulous.
Whether you’ve had success with making curls with a smoothing iron and want some time saving tricks, or haven’t had any luck with the tool and need all the information, we are here to help!
Once again, we called upon the assistance of the ever lovely Becca Key! Isn’t she just the best??
If you missed her last time, she demonstrated here how to get the straightest, smoothest hair around!
As before, always use a heat protection!
For curling, spray the product all over your hair, comb through, and then clip up your hair to begin curling.
Like straightening, start with the bottom section and work up.
If you want tighter curls, take smaller sections, and larger sections for bigger curls.
Hold the iron diagonally and turn into one full circle, grab hold of the “tail” end of your hair with your free hand, and pull the iron through the end.
If you have stubbornly straight hair that doesn’t want to hold a curl for any reason, spray some hairspray all over your hair before ironing and brush through when the product has dried.
I recommend: Davines’ “This is an Invisible No Gas Spray”
Flat iron curls hold better on the finer hair types, as there is a dual source of heat, where curling irons only give heat from the rod.
If you’re wanting the loose, beachy curls, make the curls go away from your face, curling back. Release your grip on the very ends and only have the hair lightly pass through, ensuring the hair gets some heat but doesn’t get quite as curly as the midsection.
If you start to get stuck, loosen your grip on the iron while still finishing the curl, tightening will only make a line and be very frustrating.
If you’re having trouble conquering this technique, grab a fellow babe and use her hair! It’s a lot easier to figure out when you can see everything!
For a more vintage-y look, curl them towards your face and rock the classic beauty style.
Whichever you pick, make sure the pieces framing your face are the same on both sides, both going away or towards the face.
Nothing says “Newbie” like having mismatching curl patterns.
When finished, spray a flexible hold hairspray and comb through with fingers or a wide tooth comb!
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