What if I told you that some would argue that it is much easier to wave your hair with a flat iron opposed to a curling iron? I know, I know this is unheard of, but it is right for many.
PURCHASE AN IRON WITH BEVELLED EDGES
To start, you would need a proper flat iron to make this process as simple as possible. What you may not realize is there are flat irons created for more than just hair straightening. These irons have flexible plates and bevelled edges like the T3 Lucea Straightening and Styling Iron I used to demonstrate in this video. Click here to take a closer look at Lucea and enjoy 20% off when you enter code LISAVT320. I would say using an iron with bevelled plates is an important feature to have in your flat iron to avoid getting those awful kinks that I have seen all too often in people’s hairstyles.
DONT SQUEEZE THE FLAT IRON TO TIGHT
You are applying heat to your hair, so there is no need to press the iron incredibly tight when your hair is sliding through your flat iron. Show your hair some love, will ya!
IF YOU HAVE FRIZZY HAIR, THIS IS FOR YOU
When you use a flat iron to wave or curl your hair, you will also be ridding any frizz that may start at your roots that a curling iron cannot get too. This way, you are eliminating frizz and styling the most desirable waves. It’s a win-win.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
There is no harm in practicing this technique with the iron off at first to get your form on point and comfort level high.
USE A HEAT PROTECTANT GLOVE
Protect your hands and fingers, guys. If you are not comfortable using a flat iron, then use the heat protectant glove that comes with the iron.
HAIR HACK – ADD TEXTURE
Is your hair fine, or silky smooth and healthy resulting in zero grip? It doesn’t matter if you have freshly washed hair or are on day three if you don’t have the necessary texture in your hair, it will be difficult to hold any style. Whether with a mousse before your blow out or by spraying some dry shampoo into your hair to give it a bit of grit it is essential. As I ALWAYS preach be sure to add some heat protectant when applying any form of heat to your hair, even from your blowdryer!
GET YOUR TECHNIQUE DOWN
There are various ways to get the undone waves of our dreams:
CREATE “S” WAVES – I mean, actually. Form the section into the shape of an S and clamp where it curves adding heat. This technique will create a slight bend and texture to your hair.
TWIST IT – The technique I used in this tutorial. Clamp a 1″ section of hair in the iron where you would like the bend to start and turn the iron 180 degrees so you can now see the back of the iron with your hair pulled through. Twist your wrist away from your face, so the hair flows over (not under) the iron. Slide the iron down your hair and release it before getting to the end. Important Pro Tip – The smaller the section, the curlier your hair will be.
BEND YOUR WRIST – This technique is super simple and a quick and easy hack for you to try. Hold your 1-inch section of hair out horizontally from your head and turn your wrist away as you pass through each section and then bend your wrist back toward your hair to achieve soft texture.
START WITH A BRAID OR TWIST – Low effort technique alert here, if you do not have time for the other options. Braid your hair and then run the flat iron over your braid or twist a few times to allow the heat to absorb. Once cooled, release and indulge in some undone texture.
ALTERNATE CURL DIRECTIONS
To get your full beach wave experience alternate curl directions. First, curl away from your face and the next curl into your face.
LET YOUR CURLS COOL
Once you finish curling your hair, allow the curls to cool before touching them, this will allow the shape to set and therefore have a longer-lasting result.
COMB OUT WITH A WIDE TOOTH COMB OR YOUR FINGERS
You want to break up the curls to become more fluid but not smooth. Texture is key.