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Styling Your Hair With Flat Irons
by Ashley Laurier on September 10, 2008


Flat irons are a versatile styling product. Most people are aware of their ability to create poker straight hair, but they can also be used to create waves and curls. Why waste money buying different styling appliances, when you can create multiple hairstyles with your flat irons? This article looks at how to use flat irons to style your hair.


Using flat irons to straighten your hair


This is the most obvious use for flat irons, as it is what they were originally designed for. The popular ceramic flat irons make it easier to straighten most hair types, including hair that is naturally curly or wavy. As well as straightening your hair, they also leave your hair looking smooth and glossy. Flat irons tend to be easy to use. In most cases, you simply need to place a small section of hair between the plates of the flat iron, and press the handles together to keep the hair in place and in direct contact with the heated plates. Running the flat iron down the length of your hair will usually be enough to straighten your hair. You should avoid keeping the hair between the plates for much longer than this, as the heat can damage your hair. This is particularly true if your flat iron does not have adjustable heating settings.


Using flat irons to curl your hair


This is an often overlooked way to use flat irons. If you do not have curling tongs or heated rollers, you can create soft curls and waves using flat irons instead. If your hair is naturally wavy, you can use the flat irons to straighten your hair beforehand to create a sleek finish. This can eliminate frizz and flyaway ends, as well as letting you create the type of curls and waves that you desire (rather than having to work around your natural curls). To create waves and curls using a flat iron, you can simply wrap your hair around one of the plates of the flat iron, and hold for a maximum of thirty seconds. This allows the heat to change the natural chemical make-up of your hair so that it can become curly (for a short time, at least). Once the thirty seconds has passed, carefully open the handles of the flat iron so that your hair falls out. It is important not to touch your hair until it is fully cooled down, as this can stop the curls from fully forming. If this happens, your hair may not hold the curls, and may quickly revert to its natural style. Repeat this on each section of your hair until your hair is fully curled. A light spray of hairspray can "set" the curls, and you can also lightly spritz with shine serum to add a touch of sophistication.


Using flat irons to create "flicks"


You can use flat irons to create "flicks" in your hair. This can be a good way to frame your face. For example, Katie Holmes often has the ends of her smooth chin-length bob flicked inwards so that it follows the curves of her chin. Conversely, she also has the ends flicked outwards from time to time to create a more dishevelled look. It is very simple to create these types of "flicks" using your flat iron. Straighten your hair as normal, but hold the ends of your hair inwards or outwards (depending on the type of "flick" that you are trying to create) as the flat iron reaches them. This will encourage the ends to flick in the desired direction. It also ensures that the "flicks" will be straight, which can look glamorous. Jessica Simpson is just one celebrity who has chosen to combine soft curls and face-framing "flicks" to create a hairstyle that stands out from the crowd.


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