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What you’ve always wanted to know…How to curl your hair with a flat iron

Long lasting curls created with a flat iron

Beautiful, bouncy, vivacious locks.

You know – the ones that look like you just stepped off the set of a Pantene commercial.

Except you:

  1. Have absolutely no idea how to achieve the look, even though you’ve curated a Pinterest board of swoon-worthy hair inspiration and how-to’s.
  1. Put in a ridiculous amount of effort, only to have your gorgeous curls fall out, leaving you with stick-straight hair in just a few hours.

Does this sound like you, love?

One of my favorite ways to inject a bit of sass into a so-so outfit, or pep myself up on a day that I’m feeling… well, a little flat, is to makeover my hair with some big, bouncy, voluminous curls that last until my next shampoo.

Yep, that’s right. Gorgeous salon-worthy hair that lasts until my next shampoo…which is 3-4 days {I know, you’re probably thinking “Ewww Shelley, that’s gross!” but you’ll quickly learn that dry shampoo is your new bestie}.  
How to curl your hair with a flat iron

The secret?
Curling your hair with a flat iron.

Here’s my secret formula on how to do it the right way. Just push play!

It’s as simple as:

1. Twist – flat iron away from the face
2. Twirl – your hair around your finger to gently shape the curl
3. Toss – your completed curl over your shoulder out of the way

How to curl your hair with a flat iron
For additional tips on how to keep your gorgeous new curls looking bouncy for days – keep scrolling down.
How to curl your hair with a flat iron

Products mentioned in the video & why I use them

// Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste Shampoo – great for tackling humidity frizzies*
// Kerastase Discipline Maskeratine – great for a hit of high-impact moisture + anti frizz*
// L’Oreal Paris – EverCreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System – leave-in nourishing spray
// Tangle Teezer – made especially for brushing wet hair. It’s anti-snag & cuts down detangling time*
// Kevin Murphy Body Mass – leave-in plumping treatment for va-va-vroom root volume. Another great product is Kerastase Mousse Bouffante – this will give you a soft but strong hold! I’m in love with it!*
// Kevin Murphy Young Again – an infused treatment oil that adds shine while protecting hair from heat and other environmental-hey UV rays…pretty cool! (a heat protectant is an absolute must for this style)*
// Living Proof Prime Style Extender – weightlessly perfecting, weather proofing (aka frizzies zapping) saves time on your blowout. This little baby is the secret weapon to making your curls last for days.  You could also use Kerastase Discipline Keratine Thermique. I love both products with a passion.
How to curl your hair with a flat iron


// Hot Tools Professional Hair Dryer – with a concentrator for a sleeker blow dry finish
// GHD Eclipse Professional Performance Styler – any rounded barrel straightener/ flat iron will do the trick. I love the shine and gloss I get from this styler…it’s a little different to similar products.*
// Crocodile Clips or Claw Clips – great for thick hair but use whatever types of clips work best for you.

* Denotes products that I’m so in love with and can’t recommend highly enough. I do however, like all the products I mention in this video and listed above.
How to curl your hair with a flat iron

For extra bouncy tips, keep reading…

Begin with freshly washed hair for the best results.

::  Condition the lengths of the hair only – from the tops of the ears down. Conditioning on the roots will only have you looking like a grease ball in a few hours. Be sure to rinse well.

::  Never wring excess water from hair – gently squeeze only. Hair is at its weakest when wet, and wringing can cause breakage. Wrap your hair in a towel while you finish getting ready.

::  If you have super frizzy, tangled or curly hair – use an old cotton t-shirt to dry hair instead of a towel. Wrap in a bun at the nape of the neck. This will prevent excess frizzing or tangling. Never wet hair, you’ll only ruffle the cuticle.

::  Detangle your fresh tresses with a Tangle Teaser or a Wet Brush. These tools are made especially for wet hair and will prevent snagging and breakage. Oh and their a massive time saver for those that have exceptionally tangled hair.

::  If you use no other hair product PLEASE ALWAYS use a heat protectant – this will help prevent heat damage and dreaded hair breakage.
How to curl your hair with a flat iron

Dry Time

::  If you have time, allow your hair to air-dry 50%. This will cut down the amount of time you have heat on your hair (wayyyy better for the health of your hair.)

::  Use a concentration nozzle on your blow dryer to cut down on frizz and give you a sleeker blow-dry.

::  Always point the blow dryer down the hair shaft (from root to end). Pointing the blow dryer up the hair shaft towards the root will ruffle the hair cuticle, which will leave you looking like a frizzball on legs.

::  Never hold the hair dryer on one spot of your hair, or you might fry it. Eeek!
How to curl your hair with a flat iron

Style Time

::  For newbie flat iron curlers, get your technique down pat before you turn the straightener on.

::  Always keep the straightener moving to prevent breakage.

::  For the best results, take roughly 1” sections of hair – you can take a little less or more for each other piece of hair for a more natural appearance.

::  If you curl a piece of hair and it doesn’t turn out to your liking, leave the piece for now, finish the rest of the hair in that section and then return to the cooled piece of hair you want to re-do. If you try to re-curl when the hair is hot, it won’t work – and you’ll risk burning your hair.

::  Always leave the curls to cool before you style them any further. This will also help maintain the longevity of your new style!

::  For softer, more relaxed curls, use a paddle brush or your fingers to lightly comb through the waves. If you have hair that doesn’t hold a curl well, you might like to let the curls relax on their own, or only use your fingers to separate the curls out.

::  If you’d like to add a little extra hold, use a flexible hold hairspray and apply from under the hair. Lift each section you wish to apply the product to, and spray. This will prevent your hair from being weighed down and keep those waves looking as bouncy as possible.
How to curl your hair with a flat iron

Post-Styling Tips for Longevity

::  Protect your hair from shower humidity with a sexy shower cap! I know, not so glamorous but essential if you want to keep your lush locks looking fab for days.

::  Sleep with your hair in a loose bun on the top of your head. This will prevent your curls from being stretched out. I like to use a clip instead of a hair-band…that way you don’t have any dents.

::  If you’re scalp is starting to look a little oily, use a dry shampoo to wick away the moisture and shake out hair.

::  Curls need a little reviving in the morning? Simply warm a little pomade between your palms and scrunch through your hair. Voilà! Beautifully revived curls.

How to curl your hair with a flat iron
This process is SO easy and just takes a little practice to get your technique sorted – but once you’re down with the twist, twirl and toss, you’ll be curling your hair with a flat iron like a pro in no time at all!

Did you try this tutorial out? Post a pic on Instagram or Facebook and tag me – I’d love to your gorgeous bouncy curls!!

Not quite there yet and have questions? I’m all ears love. Hit reply to this email, and fire away with your Q’s.

With love & gratitude,
Shelley Cohen

    2 comments on “What you’ve always wanted to know…How to curl your hair with a flat iron”

    1. Hello, which paddle brush did you use for the blow dry? I am not coordinated enough with round brushes and the flat brush looks like a time saver!

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