B101.7 Beauty Report: Learn How To Create Flawless Flat Iron Curls with Gilda’s Salon and Day Spa [VIDEO]
Have you ever tried to curl your hair with a flat iron? If you're anything like me, you've tried and failed countless times. No matter what I do or how I do it, I end up with a burnt, kinked-out mess. I've searched for the perfect technique for years, and I have finally found it! The amazing and talented Stacy at Gilda's Salon and Day Spa broke it down for us in this video that shows you how to get perfect curls with your flat iron!
I wanted to know the correct way to curl hair using a flat iron, so I turned to the pros at Gilda's Salon and Day Spa. I was lucky enough to snag Stacy, one of my favorite stylists, for this tutorial. Check out the video above to see Stacy in action. She is flawless. You can tell a lot about the work a stylist does by how her own hair and makeup is done, and seriously--just look at her; she's perfect. That means she does perfect hair.
Anyway... let's get down to the nitty-gritty. I'm going to post pics for a step-by-step tutorial that allows you to replicate Stacy's impeccable flat iron curls. Y'all ready for this?
Step One: Section the Hair--This step is extremely important. Sectioning the hair allows you easier access to the hair and lets you work through each layer without creating a hot mess. Stacy's Pro Tip is to section your hair DIAGONALLY, and not in straight lines; this allows you to follow the flow of your hair's layers more closely, creating more volume while maintaining a chic, smooth look.
Step Two: Spray the Hair with a Heat Protectant. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. Heat protectants keep your hair from being burnt to a crisp by your flat iron. Stacy said you do more damage to your hair styling with heat than you do coloring your hair. Let that sink in for a minute--if you're not using a good heat protectant, you're literally frying your hair. Heat protectants are also designed to help set the hair, which means the curls you create will actually last and not fall flat. Stacy recommended Moroccan Oil's Heat Protectant; it works well and smells great.
Step Three: Use a Comb to Grab a Small Section of Hair. This is the section you're going to be curling with the iron.
Step Four: Guide the Iron Through The Hair. Use the iron to pull the hair taught, and then GENTLY begin to rotate the iron about half-way through the hair shaft.
Step Five: Continue to Curl the Hair. Again--the key here is to be gentle. Pulling the hair too tightly or clamping down hard is going to create a kink. Remember to GENTLY continue to rotate the flat iron. Guide the hair around the barrel of the iron.
Step Six: Gently release your beautiful curl. Again, you want to avoid clamping the iron down. Take your time and go nice and slowly. You'll open the iron and let the curl fall. You can then use your hands to give the curl one last gentle twist.
It really is that easy! I've got a gallery of pics below that let you see Stacy creating curls with the flat iron. Click through them all to watch the master at work--you really start to get an idea of how easy this method is when you see the steps one after another.
I am so thankful that Gilda's Salon and Day Spa finally helped me get the hang of curling my hair with my CHI. It's seriously the answer to my frizzy hair prayers! If you're looking to update your look, schedule an appointment at Gilda's, like, TODAY. Their team of dedicated stylists will have you looking amazing in no time at all!