How to Curl Your Hair With a Flat Iron

Here, how to master those laidback beachy waves by using your flatiron—and without spending a ton of time in front of the mirror.

What You Need

  1. Check Salt spray
  2. Check Flatiron
  3. Check Hair dryer
  4. Check Clips

Follow These Steps

  1. Start with dry hair. One- or two-day-old hair works best, since it'll hold texture better than clean hair. Mist on a salt spray, like John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Salt Spray ($10, amazon.com) to add grip. If you don't have salt spray, make your own at home by dropping an Alka-Seltzer tablet in water and pour into a spray bottle.

  2. Grab your blow-dryer and rough-dry your hair.

  3. Continue until your hair is completely dry.

  4. Using hair clips or even chopsticks (shown in the video), divide your hair into horizontal sections, starting with the bottom layer.

  5. Clamp a flatiron close to your head. In the video, the hairstylist is using Drybar The Tress Press Digital Styling Iron ($150, sephora.com), which automatically shuts off after 60 minutes in case you forget.

  6. Then, slowly turn the iron away from your face and rotate it as you work down the length of your hair, flipping the ends as you twist. Leaving the ends out results in a less perfect, cooler end result. Pro tip: Practice this motion with the flatiron turned off until you get the hang of it. Worried about burns? Invest in a heat resistant glove. Try Sally Heat Resistant Glove ($7, sallybeauty.com).

  7. Repeat this motion on all sections. Once you're done and your hair has cooled, break up the waves with your fingers (hair should look loose and lived in, not too done).