Flat irons are incredibly versatile and are not just for straightening hair anymore, they can be used to create bouncy, beautiful curls. I recommend using an high quality, 1″ or smaller flat iron with rounded edges to prevent creases.
For best results, try not to wash your hair directly before styling it. If you need to wash your hair, do so the night before. Your hair’s natural oils protect your hair and help your style last longer. If you do wash your hair the day of, make sure that hair is completely dry before ironing. Damp hair will not hold the curl well and the intense contrast of heat can shock your hair.
Lastly, use the least amount of heat as possible for your hair texture. If you have fine, thin hair stay in the 300F-350F range. For those with resistant, coarse or curly hair try 400F.
Apply a Heat Protectant
Apply a thermal spray or serum to your hair and comb through to evenly distribute. This provides a protective barrier between the hair and the iron to prevent damage.
Part your hair into sections. This step is especially important for those with thicker hair. Leave your bottom layer close to your ears and neck out and pin up the rest. Once your done curling a layer un-clip your hair and let down another layer.
Take your first section to be curled and lightly spray it with your heat protectant. For big, soft curls take large 1-1/2 2 sections. If you desire tighter curls take smaller 1″ sections of hair. Next, clamp the section of hair with your flat iron 2-4 inches from the scalp, twist 180° towards or away from your scalp (depending upon the direction you want your hair to be curled) and slowly move it down the section till you reach the end of your hair. The quicker you pass over the hair, the looser the curl. The slower the more curl pronounced the curl.
Once all of your hair is curled, gently tousle the hair with your fingers or a pick to break up the curls. Finally set your hair with a finishing hair spray to prolong the shape of your beautiful curls.