Anyone who knows me knows that I love BIG hair! I really do! Straight, sleek hair is also beautiful and that’s perfectly ok if that’s what you prefer! I’m going through a phase where I just love big, wavy hair full of bounce and volume!
There are many ways to achieve wavy or curly hair..
You can go the ‘heatless’ route and that would include methods such as the sock bun (feel free to google that…I have used it and like!). If your hair is naturally wavy or curly you can let them air dry and apply products that enhance your natural waves and curls or you can use hair wands, flat irons/straighteners, or even a curling iron for beach waves.
Let’s talk about the flat irons method as that is really what this post is about. I was gifted a trendy, fuchsia, limited edition flat iron from Hair Treats. Thanks guys! I’ll give you my thoughts on the product at the end of the post as well as post pics and links regarding the product.
When curling your hair using a ‘flat iron’ came out, it was really shocking. An oxymoron really…. ‘curling‘ your hair using a ‘straightener‘? Seriously?
But it’s not a new concept anymore and YouTube is flooded with some great tutorials on how to do this. If you’re really visual then feel free to check some out.
If you like the look I achieved here below then follow this quick 3-step process which involves Prepping, Curling and Setting.
Let’s dive right in!
1) Prepping your hair.
Start with dry hair. I always find that styles hold better after 2 or 3 days of washed hair. Protect your hair with a heat protectant spray (I get into that in the next step however it should have been part of the prepping stage).
2) Protect your hair and begin the process/technique
Protect your hair! Use any heat protectant spray of your choice, spray your hair and comb through to ensure even distribution. Work in sections. I usually start at the bottom and work my way up but for this tutorial I’ll show you just a small section, however the process is the same for the entire hair.
Now the fun part!
Grab a section of hair. Clamp the hair in the iron and turn it back on itself for a half turn and move the iron down. This is where you have choices. For tight curls, grab small sections and move the iron down ‘slowly’. The slower you move the iron, the tighter the curl. The faster you move the iron, the looser the curl…which results in more of a wave rather than a curl. That’s the look I love most however nothing should prevent you from mixing it up. You can have tighter curls framing your face mixed with looser curls and that will have a natural looking effect. You can curl away from your face or towards your face. Again, mix it up and you’ll achieve a really nice look!
I also start curling mid-shaft to ends but in some cases like the bangs, I start close to the scalp. Careful! Don’t get burned!
3) Set and lock-in the Look!
As a final step, apply hairspray if you like and you’re good to go!
That’s it! You are done 🙂
And now, allow me now to introduce the star of the style!
HAIR TREATS DIGITAL FLAT IRON
Earlier I mentioned that this elegant, trendy flashy Pink flat iron was given to me for review. The nice thing about a flat iron is that it is versatile as you can use it for both straightening and curling helping you save a few bucks! I own a high-end straightener, CHI, and this one came really darn close! In fact I compared it to my CHI. I love the color and the ‘feel’ of the iron was quite comfortable and made it very easy to manipulate and work with! That’s a biggie!
If you are interested in it here are some specs I’d like to share that are definitely worth mentioning:
- Titanium Plates
- High Performance ceramic heater delivers even heat distribution
- High concentration of negative ions seal in moisture, repel humidity, reduces frizz and produces conditioning and shine
- Universal voltage (100-240V). Automatic shut off after 1 hour
- Digital temperature control ranging from 265F-445F
- Ergonomic shape with narrow tip
- Damp to dry styling ability
- 8′ tangle free cord with 360 degree swivel
- 1 year warranty
Take it from someone who loves a nice head of hair I do recommend this Hair Treats Flat Iron. When it comes to curling irons, flat irons and blow dryers I’m of the strong opinion that it is best to spend a few extra bucks for a quality product and one that will last you many years! Down the road, the product actually saves you money and headache!
Also, for you ‘visual’ gals out there 🙂 You have to visit Hair Treat’s Pinterest board! It showcases the techniques on curling your hair but also gives you some ideas on creating different looks. I encourage you to check it out and follow that board!
I really want to thank Hair Treats for ‘treating’ me to this awesome product!
If you have any questions or want to share your techniques and comments, as usual I love hearing from you! I always respond!
I’m Nuccia Ardagna, a lifestyle blogger based in Montreal, Québec.