March 31, 2016

5 Ways to Get Amazing Hair Using a Flat-Iron

We all love having stick-straight hair with textured ends and fun layers, but that’s not the only look you can get with a flat iron. In fact, your flat iron might very well be one of the most versatile hair tools you’ll ever own. Treat it well and follow these tips, and you’ll have amazing styles that are anything but bland.

Get Amazing Temporary Color

If you want pink or purple tips or a big blue chunk, but you don’t want to live with the look your boss is going to give you on Monday, try chalking your hair. Go to the craft store and pick up some fun, bright chalk. Saturate the area you want to color with chalk by running it over that area several times. Once that’s done, flat iron it, and the color will be sealed in until you wash it away in the shower later.

(Pro tip: Do this one outside, and wear a smock, because the chalk will get everywhere.)

Get Waves Upon Waves!

If you’ve been dying to try a wavy, tousled style that looks like you just rolled out of bed on the best hair day ever, you owe it to yourself to try this one. Separate your hair into 2-inch sections. Braid those sections, and then run your flat iron over each of them once or twice. Move slowly, making sure to squeeze the flat iron and let the heat saturate the hair. Once your hair has cooled, you can undo your braids and run your fingers through your hair for perfect waves.

An Easy Blow-Out

Get that fresh from the salon look with just a few minutes with your flat iron. Just start about 2-5” from the tips, depending on how long your hair is. Clamp the flat iron on like you’re going to straighten your hair, but then turn it at a 90-degree angle against your hair, either in toward our face or out. Now pull it down, keeping it at that angle. It’s kind of like curling ribbon with scissors, and it works beautifully.

Crimp It!

You can get large, loose, relaxed, and totally sexy crimps without buying a special crimping tool. Starting at the roots, clamp about an inch of hair in the iron and, as you slowly descend toward the roots, swivel it back and forth by twisting your wrist. This look works best if you start with already straight hair.

Flawlessly Flat Locks

Now, we know you’re probably already a pro at flat ironing your hair, but if you’re straightening, you really need to keep a few things in mind, whether you’re getting creative with the style or not. Always use a heat treatment on your hair before you blow-dry or flat iron it. Always make sure that it’s completely dry so that you don’t scorch it. If you have thin hair, iron larger chunks at a time to avoid burning.

Finally, smile, girl, you look great!