Pro Logic: Create Relaxed Waves with a Flat Iron Monday 26 August, 2013
Ever wonder how hairstylists create waves with flat irons? Here’s how…
Recently a stylist whipped out a flat iron when I asked to have my hair finished with beachy waves. Five years ago, I would have questioned her. Now, I just watched carefully, wanting to drink in her technique—because, here’s the thing: I still have a hard time visualizing how to create waves with an iron that should, in theory, be flattening out any existing bends in my hair.
Luckily, hairstylist Mario Russo of Salon Mario Russo in Boston is more than willing to share with you and me his tips and tricks to flicking and flipping the flat iron to give you the coolest bendy mane out there.
* Round brush
* Blow dryer
* 1” flat iron
* 3 hair clips for sectioning (Mario suggests duck clips to hold the hair in place)
* Flat iron protectant spray (Mario loves Oribe Royal Blowout)
* Medium hold hair spray (Mario swears by Kerastase Double Force Hairspray)
* Finishing spray (Mario suggests Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray for weightless hold and zero flyaways)
Step 1: Wash and condition hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner.
Step 2: Blow-dry hair straight using a 1 1/2-inch or 2-inch barrel ceramic ion round brush.
Step 3: Lightly mist hair with a heat protectant like Oribe Royal Blowout Flat Iron Protectant Spray.
Step 4: Divide your hair into three sections. Twist and secure each section with a clip.
Step 5: Un-clip one of the sections. Working with that hair only, take one 3-inch section of hair, holding it out and away from your face.
Step 6: Place the flat iron so is it is vertical to your head and position it as close to the scalp as possible. Then clamp the flat iron down on the 3-inch section.
Step 7: Quickly wrap the hair once around the outside of the iron and then spin the iron 180 degrees away from your head in one smooth movement until the bottom of the strand is falling straight down. It’s important to note that the slower you do this 180-degree-spin movement, the tighter the curl will be. Vice versa, the faster the movement, the looser the curl.
Step 8: Then pull your iron down on your hair slowly towards your shoulder, stopping just short of the end of the strand.
Step 9: Continue working through your section, on 3-inch pieces, repeating this same technique. Move on to your other two sections once you complete the prior section.
Step 10: Finish with a light mist of hairspray and a spritz of texturizer, such as Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, to give hair a beachy feel.
“For a sexier look, run your fingers from roots to ends to increase volume (after you’ve finished curling the entire head,)” says Mario. Or, for an alternative curl, “place the iron horizontally, turning it 180 degrees toward your head and pulling the iron toward you in one continuous movement. This creates a curl with a more natural look,” he says. And if you seek a less structured hairstyle, he recommends alternating the two methods and “then combing your locks gently with your fingers to break them up.”
Voila! Now you know how to create curls with a flat iron. Naturally, it takes practice, but as I’ve been told before, using a flat iron to create waves actually gives you a much more relaxed wave—and if that’s what you’re seeking, then you have to learn this technique!
Which do you prefer for making waves: a wand, a curling iron or a flat iron? Sound off in the comments!
(Photo: via Beauty Launchpad)