How many people do you know that have a hair straightener but aren’t getting the full use out of it? You might be one of them. It’s okay, you can admit it. Most people who have a hair straightener use it for one thing only – straightening their hair. And sure, that’s what the tool was designed for sure. But there is so much more that you can do with your tool that if you are only using it to make your hair straight, you are wasting the potential of your tool.
The first thing you need to do is start using your imagination. Sure, straight hair is nice, but just like anything else, it can get boring if that’s all you do every day. Mix it up a bit. You can use your hair iron to add fun flips to your hair, and it’s really easy to do.
The first thing you should do is straighten your hair as you normally would if it’s quite curly. Once you have a good base style, you can start adding to it. Section your hair using clips to keep the rest of the hair out of the way. Start with a small section and run the iron down to the ends. To get your hair to flip out, twist the hair iron up. To achieve a hair under style, like a bob – twist the iron under and the ends will curl under.
Continue along your head, flipping your hair out or in as you desire. Do each section one at a time, do not try to do thick pieces of hair or you may get frustrated with the results. If you want to mix up the style a bit, you can actually mix up the flips that you do. Try to do the bottom layer of hair by flipping the ends under, while you do the top layer by flipping the hair out. This creates another fun style to try out. By only flipping out or in the ends of your hair you can create a few more fun styles than the same old straight look.
Another fun style to try with your hair iron is loose sexy curls. Again, you must start by sectioning your hair into manageable pieces. Depending on how much curl you want, you can start close to the root of your hair, or half way down. This is a matter of personal preference and may take some experimenting to decide what you like the best. Take the section that you are starting with and clamp the iron down at the top of your head (or halfway down depending on where you are starting). Twist the iron around the hair 180 degrees, pulling the iron down as you twist.
You can control the tightness of the curl by how fast you pull the iron down the hair. The faster you pull down, the looser the curl will be. If you go slowly the curl will be tighter. Also, if you use larger sections the result will be looser curls versus small, tighter curls by using small sections.
The style choices are limitless by using your hair iron for different styles. The key is to experiment a little bit and have fun. Use your imagination and you won’t have boring hair styles anymore.
I wanted to do a quick post on how to use a hair straightener because I get quite a few emails from customers asking how to get the best results from their Karmin Professional Flat Iron. Also, I occasionally come across someone who has never used a hair straightener before so this is for those of you who want to know how you can use your hair iron to it’s fullest potential and get the best results every time!
*It is important that you know a few things before using your hair straightener, such as having clean hair and using a heat protectant to prevent from heat damage.
Once you know what you need to do before you start, you’re ready to use your flat iron! Turn it on to the desied temperature and as it heats up follow step 1.
Step 1. – Section clean, dry hair and pin up with hair clips.
Step 2. - Taking your flat iron in one hand, grab a 1″ section of hair from the first layer and starting as close to the roots as your are comfortable with, put the section of hair between the plates clamp your iron onto the hair. Slowly glide the iron down the section until you reach the ends of your hair.
Style tip - If you have super curly hair blow dry hair straight before using your flat iron and follow hair straightener on the section of hair with a comb to help smooth hair as you straighten it.
Style tip - If you want a super straight look, keep the iron straight and let the ends come out from the iron. If you want a bit of a flip at the ends twist the iron in a flipping motion either direction when you near the last inch of hair. Twisting the iron out will flip hair out, whereas flipping it in will flip hair under.
Super Straight Hairstyle
How To Flip Hair
Flipping Hair Out
Flipped Under Hairstyle
Flipped Out Hairstyle
Step 3 - Continue Step 2. over the rest of your hair, section by section. After completing one layer, let down the next and so on.
Step 4 - When you have completed your entire head of hair you can touch up any needed areas.
Step 5 - When you have your desired look set hair with an anti-frizz shine serum or flexible hold hairspray.
Style Tip - If this is your first time using a hair straightener and you are a little intimidated, try using the iron with the heat off or very low to get a good feel for the iron.
Personally, I love the way my hair straightener curls my hair. I find that when using a professional flat iron versus a regular curling iron I get longer lasting curls. Curling your hair with your hair straightener may sound strange, however it is extremely simple, fast and gives great looking curls.
There are a couple ways to curl your hair with a hair straightener, either way start with clean dry hair. For the best results use a 1 inch Professional Hair Straightener, as well as blow dry your hair straight with a paddle brush or round brush first. Always use a heat protectant before using heated styling tools.
The different methods also produce different looking curls so try playing around with the different methods to see which curl you like best and/or what method works best for your hair type.
Method 1 – Scissor Curl
This method is my favourite, it’s quick and easy and is also a great way to add waves and volume to your hair. I use this method to add waves like the pictures above by following the steps below except instead of starting close to my roots I start about half way down my hair and by pulling my hair in different directions while rotating the iron.
1. Section your hair by layers from bottom to top and secure with hair clips.
2. Taking 1 -2 inch sections at a time clamp the hair iron at the top of the section staying about 1 inch away from your scalp.
3. Twist the iron around 180 degrees and pull the iron down the section of hair while continuing to twist the iron around. The faster you pull the iron down the looser the curl, the slower the tighter the curl will be.
Method 2 – Twist & Pull
This method of curling creates more of a spiral like curl on your hair. Again, the faster you go the looser the curl, the slower the tighter.
1. Same as Step 1 above.
2. Take a 1 – 2 inch section of hair and hold it at the ends.
3. Place your iron over the section about 1 inch away from the roots and wrap your hair around the bottom plate.
4. Clamp plates together and glide your flat iron down towards the ends of hair while rotating the iron outwards. Keep rotating your iron while gliding it down the section until your hair comes out from between the plates.