With all of the different hair trends popping up on the beauty scene lately – whether it's voluminous '80s curls or sleek ponytails – finding the best tools to achieve these looks is becoming more confusing than ever. But what if we told you that you only need one tool to achieve most of this season's hottest beauty trends? Or that this versatile hairstyling tool is already sitting on your bathroom shelf? That's right, the trusty flat iron – which you might have delegated to straight looks and straight looks only – has the potential for so much more. Glam curls? Check. Beach-y waves? Check. Up-dos? Check!
So, in attempts to make your morning ritual (AKA beauty routine) a little bit less hectic, Get The Look is showing you 3 different ways to style your hair using a flat iron.
3 WAYS TO STYLE YOUR HAIR USING A FLAT IRON
THE BASICS: WHAT TYPE OF FLAT IRON TO USE?
While just about any flat iron will do, if you want maximum results, here's what to look for. A wishbone shaped handle will allow you to move and rotate the iron every which way, while a rounded shell will help you create the waves of your dreams. If possible, opt for floating, coated plates that will reduce snags, while beveled edges create perfect curls.
SLEEK AND STRAIGHT
Before moving on to more complicated flat ironed looks, make sure you're well versed in the basics of achieving perfectly glossy, straight hair. The worst mistake you can make when straightening your hair? Obsessively dragging the flat iron across your strands a million times – this practice can seriously damage your hair, stunting the hairs growth.
Before ironing your hair, always section it out beforehand, even if it means simply clipping up your top layers. The sleekest look will be achieved from the bottom up, so make sure to start with the bottom section of your hair. It's also important to mist your hair with a heat protectant before starting, and coat your ends with a styling oil. Let the products air-dry before pulling out your iron, and be sure to never iron wet hair, or else you'll be dealing with sizzling locks.
After combing to detangle, clamp the iron down on a handful of hair at the roots and drag it down slowly to the ends. A slow, steady movement will ensure that your locks straighten out the first time, so you can avoid going over the strands multiple times, and as a result, damaging your hair.
There may be more than one way to curl your hair with a flat iron, but the secret to achieving the ultimate cool-girl waves is to take a two-inch section of hair and clamp the iron down horizontally a few inches from the root. Twist your wrist to rotate the iron forward, and hold for several seconds. Unclamp the iron, and reposition it just below the first bend. Press down and rotate the iron in the opposite direction as you did previously. Repeat – going over, under, over, under – until you reach the ends. This will create a look that seems effortless, but is still appropriate for black-tie events.
Once the waves are fully cool, gently shake them out with your fingers. You can even go over them with a wide-tooth comb, but be sure not to brush the hair, which will make it look puffy. Spray L'Oreals Matt & Messy spray through the lengths to give it that pretty, messy finish.
The '80s-inspired crimped-up look is back, according to celebrities like L'Oreal muse, Blake Lively , who was recently spotted rocking the voluminous look in New York City. The good news? You don't need an '80s-style crimper to achieve this look.
After prepping dry hair with mousse, braid two-inch sections all over your head. For larger, less defined waves, simply braid larger strands of hair. Start as close to the roots as possible to avoid super-straight roots and crimped lengths. Secure with small elastics. Once all the braids are secure, pass the flat iron over each one just like you would if you were straightening your hair. After the braids have cooled, carefully unwrap each one.
Once all braids are free, gently glide a wide-tooth comb through your hair (don't brush it!). If you'd like to de-frizz your hair, rub in some styling cream.
Believe it or not, flat irons can be used for more than just sleek 'do's and '80s curls. They can also be used to create unique up-dos and twists. The latest up-do to take over the beauty scene? The glossy, cool-girl loop, spotted on the spring 2016/17 runways.
To achieve this look, mist your hair with a shine spray or oil, then brush it into a tight ponytail at the crown of your head. Straighten out the ponytail using your flat iron, then spray it with hairspray before folding it forward to create a simple loop. Then, twist the ends around the base of the elastic to hide it and pin the loop in place one or two large bobby pins. Leave several inches of the ends out of the loop.
Spray the loose ends with a generous amount of hairspray, then clamp the flat iron down and glide it straight out to create the graphic flick.