If you feel like you get tangled up when you pick up a curling iron, then this technique is a great option for you. Martha Lynn here, and I absolutely love how quickly you can curl a head of hair with this swift little trick. And (get ready for it) we use a flatiron to achieve the look! I know it seems counterintuitive, but we’re going to teach you how that favorite tool can do so much more than give you straight strands – it can actually create those perfectly imperfect curls that we all dream about and can’t stop pinning. Keep reading for the super easy step-by-step.

Also, super excited to announce that I just launched my new beauty website, brimming with lots more tutorials and inspiration. I’d love to hear what you think!

  1. Start with a flat iron that is slightly rounded around the plate — I am using a chi in this demo. Grab a small section of the hair and get ready to move quickly! With the flat iron pointed down, clamp it on the hair a few inches away from the root. This will give a more relaxed curl that doesn’t start too high up.
  2. Use your other hand hold the iron closed at the tip, and begin “rolling” it away from the face while the hair feeds itself through.
  3. Continue rolling and sliding the flat iron down until all of the hair has been curled.
  4. Repeat around your whole head, and spray if desired. The smaller the section of hair and the hotter the flat iron, the tighter the curls will be!

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Comments (17)
  1. 1
    supal {chevrons & éclairs}jdesai0517 November 6, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Ah if I can master this, my life will be infinitely better… or rather… my suitcases will be lighter as I won’t need to pack a curling iron. Will have to try this as soon as possible! x

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    metamorphocity November 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

    People always look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them my curls come from a flatiron. Next time someone looks incredulous I’ll just direct them to this post! This technique really is a time saver!

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    Molly {Dreams in HD} November 6, 2013 at 9:03 am

    i have never really been able to get the hang of flat iron curls, but will definitely try giving it a shot with this tutorial 🙂

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    kelsey November 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

    so so pretty! wish that i had a better skilled hand in making these happen

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    lacie November 6, 2013 at 9:52 am

    You say start with iron pointing down (and it is pointed down in the first picture), but all the other photos show the flatiron pointing up. How and at what point do you switch directions?

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    Janine November 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

    looks so natural! its amazing.
    – Janine

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    Kathy Enfinger November 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Still using Hot Rollers. I’m going to practice this. Your steps and photos really help.

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    Sarah @ 702 Park Project November 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    This is how I do my hair almost every day. It’s so simple and always looks good! 🙂

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    Ariana - Hey Wedding Lady November 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    I have such fussy hair – I hope this will work for me because it looks absolutely gorgeous!

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    Dee November 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Beautiful! I wish i had that skill. When I do it on myself it never turns out that beautifully!

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    Comfy Cozy Couture November 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I always hear people say they use a straightener but I’ve never been able to master it…I just stick with my curling iron! I will have to try this again!

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    Shannon November 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Super helpful. The spring in my curling iron actually just broke over the weekend so I have a very good reason to be trying this out 🙂


  13. 13
    Stacia November 10, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Maybe I’ll actually learn how to do these. I can’t use a curling iron to save my life!

  14. 14
    Charlene November 11, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Can you pls share the straightener model number? Many thanks 🙂

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    Nancy Kuntz February 23, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Well it looks like it is worth a try but I don’t know, I’m a little skeptical.

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    kate October 23, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Keep trying flat iron, but I cannot get the hang of it. My 1 inch curling ,it does the same with little or no effort. sticking with the curling iron, and my hair looks great

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    Flavia Agudelo November 9, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Best I have ever used is the Karmin.



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