If you want to create waves, a straightening iron can be even easier to work with than a curling iron. Use it the right way and it’s not difficult to give your hair an amazing look.
Start with hair that’s dry or only slightly damp. Cover hair with a thin layer of anti-frizz serum before applying thermal protectant (a necessity since you’re styling with heat). Next, coat hair with a thin layer of mousse or lightweight styling gel. Comb and part your hair, and you’re ready to begin styling it while it’s still slightly damp from your products.
The key to getting perfect waves isn’t in the tool you use, it’s in the technique. Starting on one side of your head, separate a section of hair from the rest. The section should be 1 to 3 inches thick. The amount of hair you gather up is dependent upon the size of the waves you want; less hair for tighter waves, more hair for looser waves.
Twist the section of hair to create a long rope of hair. Always start at the roots of hair and twist down, not up. Hold the twisted section at the bottom while you clamp the straightening iron at the top of the twist. Wrap the section of hair around the straightening iron while moving the iron in a downward motion over the hair. Don’t pull or yank. Move slowly, and loosen your pressure on the iron if you’re having trouble applying the tool to your hair. When you get to the bottom of the section, remove the iron and let go.
Continue twisting and treating sections of hair until the entire head is finished. Run your fingers slowly and deliberately through hair to untwist it. As the twists are loosened, the waves will be revealed.
Once your waves are loosened, use your fingers to apply a little extra mousse or gel to smooth flyaways around your part. Try to avoid combing hair because this will only straighten waves. If your hair is well-prepped with product, the look should hold for hours even in stubborn hair.