A friend of mine posted a picture of herself on Facebook the other day, and I was WOWED with how amazing her hair looked. I liked the color and cut, but I loved how bouncy and beautiful her curls looked even more, and when I asked her how she got her hair to look so gorgeous, she told me she used a flat iron.

I was shocked!

I have been messing around with curling irons and wands for months now, and while I think I’ve done a great job of figuring out how to curl your hair and make it last, I never thought a flat iron could produce such perfectly amazing curls.

So I spent the next couple of days watching tutorials on YouTube and trying out the different techniques I learned, and I am pleasantly surprised at not only how great my hair looks when I curl it with a flat iron, but also with how long the curls last.

I’ve included a tutorial to teach you how to curl your hair with a flat iron for every hair length (short, medium, long) below, but if you prefer beach waves over bouncy curls, check out the third tutorial – I am shocked at how easy it is to do!

Oh, and ALWAYS make sure to use a heat protector before trying any of these looks out. I made the mistake of NOT using a heat protector with a really hot flat iron about 10 years ago and it took AGES for my singed hair to grow out. I personally love CHI Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray as it smells AMAZING, but if it’s outside of your price range, the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray does just as good a job!

Good luck!

These tutorials will teach you how to curl your hair with a flat iron to get gorgeous, bouncy waves that last all day. There's a tutorial for each hair length (long hair, medium-length hair, and short hair) as well as tips to teach you how to get sexy beach waves. Good luck!

1. Curling Hair with a Flat Iron by Karina Lynn Kho

If you have long hair and want to get gorgeous, bouncy curls that last, this tutorial is for you!

2. How to Curl Your Hair With a Straightening Iron/Straightener by The Style Blog

If you have medium-length hair and/or if you have side bangs, this tutorial will give you all the tips and tricks you need for fantastic curls!

3. Beach Wave Tutorial With a Flat Iron by RockerBarbiie

This tutorial blew me away – I never would’ve guessed this technique would produce such gorgeous beach waves!

4. How to Curl Hair with a Straightener by riannstar

If you like a more natural look, this tutorial is for you!

5. How to Curl Short Hair with a Flat Iron by Denise Wilkerson

I had a tough time finding a tutorial for curling short hair with a flat iron that I liked, but this one is nice and subtle, and can be both casual and dressy at the same time. I love it!

Matt Hancock

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