Straight Style with an Inward Flip
- 1). Apply thermal styling product onto clean hair. Distribute it evenly throughout with a comb. The thermal cream or spray will help shield your hair from the iron's heat damage and help your straight style last longer.
- 2). Section hair into 3/4 inch sections, depending on hair's texture and thickness, beginning from the nape of the neck. Secure the upper portion of hair to the top of your head with a clip to keep it out of the way.
- 3). Untangle a section of the loose hair with a comb. Handle the flat iron with your dominant hand, as it is heavier and requires more precise maneuvering than the comb. Comb through hair again slowly, following the comb with the flat iron held in the opposite hand.
- 4). As you reach the tips or ends of the hair, rotate the iron inward by turning your wrist right (outward). Performing this motion slowly will create a gradual rounding of the ends. Repeat steps 2 to 4 all the way up the area of your head.
Straight Style with an Outward Flip
- 1). Follow steps 1 to 3 as outlined in Section 1. The straightening process is the same, but the flip turns the opposite way, creating a more "feathered" look.
- 2). When 1 to 2 inches above the hair's tips, begin rotating the iron outward, by rotating your wrist left (inward). The speed of the rotation combined with the speed at which you're passing the iron over your hair will determine the depth or intensity of the outward flip. For a more subtle look, begin rotating iron closer to the tips.
- 3). Repeat step 2 on even sections, gradually working your way up over the head to the crown and the hairline.
Curling Hhair with a Flat Iron
- 1). Apply thermal hair product all over hair, distributing it evenly with a comb throughout.
Apply hairspray to each section of hair right before you apply the flat iron. One short burst of spray per section should be enough to hold the curl in place.
- 2). Section hair in 3/4 inch (or less) pieces beginning at the bottom back of the head (nape). Secure the rest of your hair to the top of your head with a hair clip (or several).
- 3). Take a small portion (about 1 inch) of the loose hair with your non-dominant hand. Holding the iron with your dominant hand, clamp the plates over the section of hair, towards the middle of the hair's length. Let go of the hair you were holding with your hand, and grab the tip of the iron with your fingertips.
- 4). Use your fingertips and the wrist of the hand holding the flat iron to rotate the iron in an outward direction. As you rotate the iron, simultaneously move it down the length of the hair to the tips.
- 5). Clamp down on the section of hair at the ends, and rotate the iron until the entire length is wrapped around it. Hold for three to five seconds, and release hair. The result is a spiral curl.
- 6). Repeat steps 2 to 5 on even sections of hair, working your way up the back of your head to the crown and hairline. Run fingers through the completely curled head of hair to break the curls up and give the hair volume.