I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not patient enough to tackle most hairstyles. I’m a realist, and I know most women don’t have 45 minutes every morning to do a reverse french braid faux hawk, which surprisingly is a thing. That’s why I wanted to share a quick and easy soft flat iron curls tutorial, plus a few of my favorite hair straightener styling tricks, with y’all today. No other method has ever given me the same soft loose curls that actually stay in tact. Part of the reason is because I have thick oily hair that rarely holds a curl for more than 15 minutes, let alone 24 hours. So, if you have a similar hair type, keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial using the new Panasonic nanoe™ Flat Iron & Styling Iron!
Before getting into the curling technique, you should know that the straightener you use matters. In fact, getting the right kind of curls hinges completely on the calibre of your flat iron. You should be using a straightener with slim, tug-free ceramic plates to easily reach hair at the roots, an advanced stable heater to avoid damaging your hair, and a rounded straightener head to avoid wonky waves and curls. My personal flat iron of choice for soft loose curls (and my vote for the overall best flat iron for thick hair) is the Panasonic nanoe™ Flat Iron & Styling Iron. It heats up for styling in under 30 seconds and creates the most beautiful curls time after time. Plus, after years as a pageant blonde, my hair is finally healthy and completely natural, so I love that it’s designed to help maintain and enhance my hair’s natural shine and smoothness.
It doesn’t hurt that it’s also really pretty, too.
How To: Soft Loose Curls Tutorial
I was never good at the whole clamp/twist technique. So, I promise, there’s none of that in this tutorial. That being said, try this new technique without any heat on before you dive in. It’s super simple, but it does require a little practice in order to get into a groove.
First, turn your flat iron up to the hottest setting safe for your hair. Since my hair never holds a curl, I set mine to 395 degrees. Next, divide your hair into sections. Starting with the bottom, take a small section of hair and wrap it around an open straightener. Pull the hair through the straightener blades and gently clamp down. Finally, glide the straightener through your hair from roots to ends.
Again, as long as your straightener gets hot enough, the heat will do the work it needs to do in order to create the curls. Do not clamp down super hard. If you do, you run the risk of damaging your hair and losing styling control.
The final step is to use the finger coil method to enhance the curl while it’s still warm. Just take a finger and twist the section of hair around it. As trivial as it sounds, don’t skip this step! In my experience, it makes a world of difference, especially when you aren’t using hairspray.
And this process really works, y’all. I originally found this method on YouTube, and seriously, even if you have the thickest, most un-curlable hair like mine, this works. Check out the before/after below to see how my unruly straight hair turns into soft loose curls with one run of the Panasonic nanoe™ Flat Iron & Styling Iron.
Once you’re done with the bottom layer, let down the top layer and get to work. Use the same method as before, wrapping sections of hair around an open straightener and pulling the hair through before gently clamping down and maneuvering your flat iron from roots to ends.
Another perk of using the Panasonic nanoe™ Flat Iron & Styling Iron? No hairspray, shine spray, or texture spray necessary. Its brand new technology infuses moisture into hair to keep it smooth, shiny, and strong. Because my hair is oily, going 3 days without washing my hair is pushing it. That being said, I’ve done it just to keep these curls intact. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right?
After both the top and bottom sections have been curled, here’s what the finished product looks like! Keep in mind that you can start curling closer to your roots if you want fuller curls. You can also wrap your hair around the straightener in the opposite direction if you prefer curls angled away from your face. I prefer curls angled towards my face, so that’s what this tutorial demonstrates.
You know who else enjoyed making this tutorial? Maybe even a little too much? Nala and Nellie. They were very interested in the whole process, and I just couldn’t not share these cute pictures I stole of them while they were running around my office wreaking absolute havoc.
Do y’all have any questions about this these hair straightener styling tricks? Either shoot me an email or leave me a comment below. I’m happy to help!