Flat iron is an excellent tool to help you achieve the stylish wavy look without too much effort. Depending on a curl pattern of your natural hair, you might need some additional preparation before you start using flat iron for curly natural hair. Here is a short overview of the process.
- Shampoo and deep condition your hair to make sure it’s moisturized enough so the heat doesn’t damage it too much. Natural hair is usually drier, so proper moisturizing is a necessity.
- Apply a small amount of straightening products and thermal protecting products as well as anti-frizz products if you live in a humid climate. Create a protective barrier over the length of your entire hair, but make sure they are not too oily so you don’t weigh your hair down too much.
- Stretch it a bit either by thoroughly brushing it or with a help of a blow dryer. You can use a flat iron on the lowest settings to straighten it a bit before you start curling. Run a wide tooth comb through your hair when you finish and make sure it’s 100% dry.
Tips for using a flat iron
- Choose one inch wide flat iron for short hair and two inches wide one for hair over collar bone length.
- Divide your hair into sections between ½ and one inch wide, twist them and secure with bobby pins. The smaller sections you make, the smaller your curls will be.
- Start with one side of your head, and with the hair that is closest to the nape of your neck. Be careful not to touch your scalp with the flat iron, you should start at least an inch away from your roots.
- Clasp the iron over one strand of your hair, and move your wrist in a circular motion toward your head, angling the iron down. Move it down and inch or two at this angle, then rotate the iron in the opposite direction, so it points upward. Repeat this process until you reach the end of your hair.
- Continue with the rest of your hair, first finishing the bottom sections then moving to the ones on top of your head.
- This look gives you loose waves perfect for a care-free but stylish look.
For more pronounced curls you can use aluminum foil technique
- Cut aluminum foil into 4 inches long and 2 inch wide rectangles.
- Take a small strand of your hair, loop in neatly around two of your fingers and cover it completely with aluminum foil. The smaller loops you create the tinier curls you’ll get.
- Clamp the flat iron over the foil for around 8 seconds. Let the foil cool and remove it with a simple downwards motion.
- If you are satisfied with the look of your curls keep going until you’ve wrapped and ironed your entire hair, or modify the size of strands and the temperature of your iron.
- Maximum heat settings should not be reached and the iron shouldn’t be clamped for more than 10 seconds because foil conducts heat very well.
Run your fingers through your curls, apply hair spray lightly to secure them and enjoy the look you’ve created.