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Think your flat iron is only capable of straightening your strands? Think again! This beloved styling tool can help you achieve a multitude of gorgeous hairstyles, some of which-believe it or not-include bouncy curls! Read on to discover four unexpected hairstyles you can pull off with your flat iron.
Curling your hair with a flat iron may take a bit of practice at first, but once you master the technique you'll view the tool in a whole new light! Working with 1-inch clumps of straight hair, place the flat iron about ¾ of the way up the strand. Close the flat iron and twist it away from your face, slowly pushing it towards the ends of your hair in one fluid motion. Follow the same technique until all of your hair is curled. Once cooled, run your fingers through your lengths to break the curls up a bit. Finish with a few spritzes of lightweight hairspray. For tighter curls, work with smaller sections of hair.
Aside from the effortless and chic look of flat iron curls, the tool also allows for more control over your overall style. "You can smooth your hair until you get to your cheekbone and then just turn your wrist [to curl]," L'Oreal Professionnel Artist Pepper Pastor says. "Once you get the hang of it, it's easy. You can smooth and curl in one step!"
Half-up slicked pin-straight hair
When it comes to perfecting slick, pin-straight hair, curls-and even the slightest bit of frizz-are the enemy. That's where your flat iron comes in. Run the tool through your strands until your hair is perfectly straight. If you're battling flyaways and/or frizz, smooth a few drops of L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil Nourishing Oil through the lengths to tame things down. To achieve the look's high-shine finish and wet-look effect (without looking greasy), apply L'Oreal Professionnel Extreme Splash Gel generously onto dry or damp hair.
Sleek low ponytail
Why rock an ordinary low ponytail when you can give yours a creative spin? Once your hair is sleek and straight, section it into three equal sections. Using an elastic, tie each section individually as you would a ponytail. Next, connect the three sections together and tie them into place with another elastic. It's a simple update to a classic style that's sure to earn you a ton of compliments!
Use your flat iron to flick the ends of your mid-length hair away from your face to create this fun and whimsical lob. A texturizing spray like L'Oreal Professionnel Tecni.ART Beach Waves can provide you with a voluminous matte finish. Spray it over the lengths and ends after styling, or work it into the hair section-by-section with your fingers.
No matter what style you choose, don't forget to apply a heat protectant product onto your strands first. To further protect your strands from heat, Pastor recommends keeping your hot tool at the mid 300-degree mark if you can control the temperature.