If you want to curl your hair even if it’s for no reason other than just staying on your couch all day? Turns out you can achieve the perfect curls through the use of a straightener and the proper inspiration. Here are six ways you can get picture-perfect curls for your hair using a straightener.
1. Simple curls
For simple curls, you can still achieve curls that are voluminous and photo-ready even if you are not planning on leaving your couch. First of all, you will need to grab your favorite heat-protective spray and give your hair a good spray. The last thing you’ll want is to end up with heat damage just because you wanted to curl your hair. Taking a one-inch section of your hair, wrap around the straightener, and twist away from your face. Your wrist will be sure to get a work out each time you curl your hair. Continue to work your way up towards the top of your head. You may find that this part is easier to curl. Now move on to the other side of you head and repeat the motion. Be sure to use your dominant hand, no matter how weird or uncomfortable it is. It’ll give you better control of the straightener, and also beauty is a pain sometimes. Finally, run your fingers lightly through your hair and spray on some hairspray to make your curls hold.
2. Beach waves
To achieve a beach waves look, you will first want to start by brushing your hair thoroughly to get it as straight as possible. To protect your hair from any kind of damage by the heat of the straightener. Spray frizz control or heat protectant and distribute evenly using a comb or just with your fingers. Now that the prep work is done, you will need to part your hair in the back of your head. Holding your straightener horizontally, twist your wrist in a wavy motion to create the type of waves you want in your hair. Shorter motions will create more waves, but longer motions will make longer waves. Depending on the type of look you are going for, you may have to change up strategies to make it work for you. Once you are happy with your beach waves, you definitely look ready to soak up the sun just by deciding to curl your hair.
3. Crimp waves
One of the looks that were all the rage in the 80s can be recreated now with a bit of a modern twist. Crimped hair was made to be worn with an outrageous style and swagger. For a more refined look that still has plenty of style, check out this method to curl your hair. Be sure to prep by straightening your hair then adding the necessary protection. Use one section at a time and hold your straightener horizontally. You will create the crimped waves by going over and under each section of your hair. Continue doing this motion around your head and you will be done. Just don’t forget to give your hair a healthy spritz of hairspray!
4. Flick method
If your hair is starting to get more on the long side, it’s okay we don’t blame you (especially now). You can still use this method if you get the urge to curl your hair. Of course, start with the necessary prep work for your hair before grabbing your straightener. You will need to start halfway between your scalp and the tip of your hair. Once you have the strand of hair in your hand, clamp down with the straightener and create a U-shape by turning the straightener back on itself. Move the straightener down towards the tip of your hair and you will have perfectly flicked hair. With this method, the speed at which you move the straightener matters to how you curl your hair. If you want your curls to be more subtle, move the straightener fast. For more well-defined curls, take your time and move slowly. It’s really up to you, but either way, your curls will look amazing AF.
5. Ribbon curls
It’s easy to see where this hairstyle got its name. For curls that are thinner but plentiful, you will definitely want to make your hair look like ribbons when you curl your hair. In order to achieve this look, you will need a smaller strand of hair to start with. Instead of having a one-inch strand, use a quarter or half-inch strand. Once you have your strand of hair, keep your straightener in your dominant hand and hold it vertically. Slide it down until the tip of your hair strand. Once you do this, you’ll have your first ribbon curl. Repeat until all your hair appears covered in ribbons. Because of this technique, your curls will also be more defined once you are done. No matter what the occasion, having ribbon curls are bound to make a statement whether you lounge around the house or have a day of Zoom calls.
6. Braid, then curl
If you feel like it’s been a while and find the idea of curling your hair with a straightener somewhat terrifying, it’s okay. You can still curl your hair even if it’s braided. Once your hair is brushed and prepped with the necessary heat-resistant gel, choose your favorite or braid you know you can do and do a quick braid. Once your hair is braided, take your straightener and curl each braid. This is a great technique if you are in a time crunch or just want to curl your hair more quickly. Even if you don’t really have anywhere to be, this technique for curling hair is a pretty creative and time-efficient one. If you decide to use this method, we recommend a simple braid like a rope pattern or French braid. Once you take out the braids, your hair will unravel with the perfect curls to wear around the house.