How to Curl Hair with Flat Iron: A Step-by-Step Guide

What is Flat Iron? Flat irons are not only great for providing sleek straight hair but can also be used to curl your lovely locks. Curling your hair or beachy waves with a flat iron helps create full and voluminous curls that won’t appear like ringlets. Doing so requires little patience and practice


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What is Flat Iron?

Flat irons are not only great for providing sleek straight hair but can also be used to curl your lovely locks. Curling your hair or beachy waves with a flat iron helps create full and voluminous curls that won’t appear like ringlets. Doing so requires little patience and practice, but you will get the perfect waves once you know the steps. Curly hair or beachy waves have become the latest hairstyle trend of the present generation.

Don’t You Have a Curling Iron?

Maybe you wish to have long-lasting curls and go out for a girls’ night, or you want to sport bouncy waves because you have an upcoming event, the only thing you realize is that you do not have a curling tongs or you don’t want to use one. If the situation is so, keep reading the below article because we have compiled a step-by-step guide that will help you learn how to curl hair with a flat iron. Enjoy the versatility of this amazing hair straightener and try out the different techniques for multiple looks. From modern crimps to beachy waves, there are different hairstyles you can create at home with the help of a flat iron, perfect for any event.

How to Curl Hair with a Flat Iron: A Step-by-Step Guide

Certain hair types work best with a flat iron or with any heating appliances. Dry, damaged hair or colour-treated hair can also use hair straighteners to get curls or perfect waves, but you need to use a healthy amount of thermal spray or heat protectant to avoid further damage. Make sure you use good quality hair products that are specially designed for dry and damaged hair. You can opt for a flat iron like Ghd Platinum hair straightener, which has a heat-resistant plate guard that protects your hair surface and offers maximum comfort while styling.

Things Required:

Before you decide to curl your hair with a flat iron, you will need a few hair products that will help keep your hair healthy and happy. These products are:


We recommend using a wide-tooth comb that has a long and pointed handle such as a magic collection bone tail which makes it easy for sectioning and styling your hair during the entire process.

Magic Collection Fluff Styling Wide Comb – 2437

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We highly recommend using a boar bristle brush or a hairbrush that is specifically designed for detangling your hair when you try curling your hair.

Beauty Works Medium Oval Hairbrush

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Flat Iron

A good quality hair straightener is very important for creating perfect and beautiful curls. Go for one such flat iron that comes with a heat resistant plate guard that will help protect your hair from damage.

Read: Best Curling Iron for Short Hair

Ghd Platinum Hair Straightener

Ghd Platinum Hair Straightener

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Anti-Humidity or Frizz Control Hair Products

There might be a need to add an extra layer of heat protection to the styled hair if you notice that your hair gets frizzy while using heating appliances. Frizz control is available in many forms such as sprays to oils or creams. You can go for any type depending on your personal preference and hair type.

Keracare Oil Sheen with Humidity Block

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Heat Protectant

When using a flat iron to get curls, you will require a heat protectant spray. This product will help keep your hair healthy and free from damage. Depending on the type of product you use, you will either have to spritz your dry hair directly before curling or straightening or apply on wet hair.

African Pride Black Castor Miracle Anti-humidity Heat Protectant Spray

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Spritz your hair with hairspray that offers a flexible to medium hold to your curly look. You can go for Ouai wave spray that will offer perfect holding, moisturizing, texturizing, and curl-enhancing properties. The hairspray will help keep your style intact, which will allow for the hair’s natural movement with no crispy feels or texture to the hair strands.

American Crew Medium Hold Spray Gel

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Steps on How to Curl Hair With a Flat Iron:

1. Spritz Your Hair with a Heat Protectant

Before you wish to use any heat styling appliances, be it a flat iron, curling iron, or hairdryer, you need to apply some heat protectant to your hair strands. Make sure you spritz your hair with some best quality heat protectant spray to prevent your hair from getting damaged and fried. The heat styling appliances that you use are HOT. Although they work to have perfect curls, we should also aim to make them healthy and soft curls. Heat protectant acts as a protective barrier between the iron and the hair.

2. Use a Flat Iron and Adjust the Heat

To form smooth curls, make sure your flat iron width is about 1-2 inches from the plate to handle. Moreover, it should have round edges. A good quality flat iron works faster and makes your hair soft, shiner, and offer less damage as compared to poor-quality irons. You also need to adjust the heat of the flat iron to cut down the level of damage it can cause to the hair strands. If you have thin hair and fine hair, stick the temperature below 300 degrees. If having coarse, frizzy or thick hair, you can keep it somewhere between 350-400 degrees and for normal hair keep it around 300-380 degrees.

3. Part Your Hair and Start with Small Hair Sections

Make sure you section your hair instead of taking a whole lot of hair to curl them. If you have thicker hair, you will need to make more sections. Sectioning your hair will help you have smooth and perfect curls. Take a small section of your hair and tie up the rest of your hair in the form of a bun on the head top above the ears. The rest of the hair should not disturb the section you are working on. Start from the bottom of the scalp. It is advised to work with 1-2 inches sections and pin up the rest. Once you are done with the first section, unclip the second one and so on. Keep curling all the sections one by one with the help of the flat iron.

4. Twist and Curl With the Flat Iron

Take a small section of your hair and slowly clamp it towards the roots and then twist the flat iron about 180 degrees away from the face. Hold the iron vertically and pull it down the hair length in one fluid motion. If you want your hair to look curly, slowly pull the hair through the flat iron and for loose, beachy waves, quickly pull the iron through your hair. Glide the iron slowly down the hair shaft if you wish to have tighter curls. You can also leave the hair ends out of the iron if you want a less perfect, cooler result. Also, remember that you pay attention to the direction you are twisting the iron during the entire process because this will help determine the direction of your curls.

5. Finish it Up With Hairspray

Now you have successfully curled your beautiful hair with a flat iron, it’s time to lock in your hard work with a few spritzes of light and texturizing hairspray to make sure your curls hold their shape. Gently run your fingers through your curls to get a little more relaxed, voluminous and natural look. To have sleek and tight curls, spritz a mist of hairspray for better hold. Consider using an anti-humidity hairspray if you live in a humid area.


This easy to understand and detailed article will surely help you in achieving the perfect curls that you dream of. So before you go with the process, share this with your friends and get a group makeover and get ready to snap a picture of your beautiful curls!


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