Flat Iron Curls

How to get gorgeous flat iron curls that look fancy without all the fuss!

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standing in front of a mirror after curling hair

Curling your hair with a flat iron is a time-saving way to dress up your hair. Today I’m going to show you my favorite go-to method for easy flat iron curls. My hair is shoulder length, but I assure you this method works on long hair and hair that is even shorter than mine. Beautiful curls are just a few steps away!!! Here is how to do it –

hair spray, comb, clip and flat iron on a bathroom counter

How to Curl Your Hair with a Flat Iron


  • clip or hair tie
  • hair spray
  • flat iron
  • comb, optional
pulling hair up in two layers


Pull up the top layer of your hair and spray the bottom layer.

grab hair at the root and cur in the desired direction

Grab hair at the front of your face and clamp down as close to the root as possible.

pulling hair through the flat iron

Twist the flat iron away from your face and then pull it straight down, clamping and releasing a couple of times as you pull through.

letting top layer of hair down

Finish curling the entire bottom layer, then let the top down.

Continue the same method with the top pieces, always curling the front strands + bangs away from your face.

running fingers through your hair

Run your fingers through or lightly comb and part it, then spray with a little more hairspray.

… and that’s it! What do you think? Doesn’t it look simple? I promise you can do it!

collage of images showing how to curl your hair with a straightener

This post was originally published in 2012 and was written by our Beauty + Fashion Contributor, Christie from Ma Nouvelle Mode. This post was updated and rephotographed in 2021.

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  1. Love them! A friend of mine did my daughter’s hair like this a while back and I flipped. It is definitely easy, but it always looks like you’ve spent some time on it. My fine locks need some serious fluff, and this always works for me.

  2. My hair is about this length. I am trying to give my thick, straight hair some bouncy beachy type waves and this looks like it will work just perfectly. I will be trying it for sure. Thanks!!!

  3. I tried doing this and kept burning my fingers. Any recommendations or is it the way my straightener is? I finally got sick of burning my fingers and finished it off with my curling iron.

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