Flat Irons Really Do Create Curls!
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Why Not Create Some Carefree Curls with Your Flat Iron?
Ok, you’ve heard the myth. You’ve seen other people with beautiful, bouncy curls. They tell you they used a flat iron. Curls with a flat iron? Yes! I'll show you how anyone can achieve that carefree curly look. It just takes a little practice, patience, and the right tools!
The Tools: Hair Dryer, Round Ceramic Brush, Curling Flat Iron, Heat Styling Protectant
The Perfect Blowout
The first step to any great style with a flat iron is a really good blowout. Creating a super smooth canvas of hair before you style will not only allow you to create those sleek straight looks, it's also essential for creating curls. A great blowout also helps smooth the hair cuticle, providing a perfect base for creating long lasting, frizz-free curls. Need a great hairdryer for your healthy blowout? You cannot go wrong with one of these:
Babyliss Pro TT Tourmaline Ionic Hair Dryer, Solano Ultralite Professional Hair Dryer, Keratin Complex 1875 Watt Hair Dryer, Elchim Uragano Ionic Hair Dryer (pictured)
If you really want to say goodbye to frizz, use a professional ceramic brush when you blow dry. A super-smooth frizz free style starts with a quality ceramic brush. The ceramic technology smoothes down the hair's cuticle while you style and makes it easier to straighten or curl your hair afterwards. If you need a great brush to help you with your blowout, try one from GHD. It features a solid polycarbonate handle and barrel and the first ever with a natural ionic powder coating. This allows the brush to retain the heat from your hair dryer, helping you to dry and style from both sides for quick results and long lasting hold. Especially if you are creating curls – long-lasting is what you’re looking for: Olivia Garden NanoThermic Ceramic Round Hair Brush
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But the million dollar question is: Which flat iron should you use?
A Flat Iron that Curls??
Hmmm, let's face it, when you think of flat iron, you don't normally think of curls. But it's time to change your mind! Today's flat irons are so versatile; they are perfect for creating a variety of styles, in addition to straightening. When choosing a flat iron, it's best to determine your styling needs, and if curls are on your list of styling necessities, you need to find an iron with curved edges.
It is essential that your flat iron's plates aren't, well, flat. The curved edges will allow you to coax your hair into those curls you crave. You might be surprised at how many flat irons perform double duty and help create curly styles as well as straighten. Check out these faves: Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium 1" Flat Iron, HAI elite Digistik Ceramic 1” Styling Tool (pictured), Solano Ceramic 1" Flat Iron, Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium U Styler.
If you’d like to see more, visit our Curling Flat Irons section.
Now that you have a flat iron with curved edges, you're ready to create your first curl. Before you start styling, it's a great idea to coat your hair with a thermal protectant to protect your hair from the high temperature of the iron, and to also add volume and shine. Protecting your hair from excessive heat is not only important, it will also add structure and support to the curls you create. We say it over and over again, a heat protectant is a must. Check out these thermal barriers that love to eliminate damage and frizz:
Ready, Set, Curl!
The Bouncier the Better!
Davines Momo Curl Enhancing Serum (pictured), L'anza Polyester Art Elements, CHI Pliable Polish Weightless Styling Paste
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