The Best Flat Irons For Flat Iron Waves
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Still can’t get the hang of flat iron waves? After mastering the flick of the wrist necessary to make the perfect bendy shapes, it’s important to consider the flat iron you’re using. Ahead, celebrity hairstylists share their favorite flat iron to create flat iron waves on their clientele.
GHD Platinum+ Professional Performance 1″ Styler, $250
Ghd platinum + black styler is the flatiron I’ve had this one the past 4 years and I love it.
The plates heat up to 365F consistent all the way across but also customizes heat with predictive technology that recognizes the thickness of your hair and sections you are working on.
It has a 9ft swivel cord so that when your turning your flatiron when creating waves it doesn’t get tangled. The plates and shape of the flatiron are beveled so it never snags hair and can create seamless smooth waves. It also turns off after 30 minutes if not in use, safety first.
You can use it over smooth blown out hair or air dried hair. I like to use a ßheat protecting serum like Oi/oil absolute beautifying potion by Davines one or 2 pumps through midshaft to ends. It protects from heat and makes curling or crimping easier.
To create curls grab sections small enough that the flatiron can heat turn clockwise or counter clockwise vertically facing the flatiron nose downward leaving enough space between the blades of the flatiron that the hair can go through.
To create more of a crimp look, hold the flat iron horizontally on a section of hair small enough to heat evenly. Bump over and then bump under the section you are holding until you reach the end of your section.
For straight smooth hair grab sections you can handle and go over each section a few times quickly all the way to the end.
Don’t forget to put a little oil before creating these looks to keep hair from drying and splitting at the ends.
Sedu Revolution Styling Iron, $130
I’ve had the Sedu Revelution in my kit for almost 10 years. I’ve tried to replace it with others that I had hoped would be better but it just winds up right back in my kit being my favorite for flat iron waves.
I use different flat irons for different functions but for flat iron waves I just love it. Here is why:
Durability: this thing has taken an incredible beating while traveling in my kit over 100 flights a year! The housing is incredibly durable.
Function: the housing doesn’t get hot which many irons do, making your palms hot and sweaty. The last thing you want when touching hair is sweaty hands. Gross. It also heats up lightning fast.
Versatility: the iron has a wide range of temperature settings that you can set easily with a dial. I like the dial because I can get pretty precise with it. This gives you a lot of choices over the finish and hair type.
Design: a rounded housing with chamfered tips allow for easy gliding if you are ribboning the hair through and around the iron like a curling iron. The even tension of the plates also allows for perfect flat iron S waves so you can get a really consistent even time under heat giving you incredible infirmity.
Tip: don’t just jump right to 450 degrees. Start with small sections at sub 300 degrees. If you don’t get the hold, move up a little. Find the lowest temperature you can apply to your hair while still getting results. Remember the lower the heat you use, the less damage, but ALSO the more luxurious the hair will look because it will maintain a greater amount of moisture and flexibility. Over ironing hair gives a stiff and fake look.
GHD Platinum+ Professional Performance 1″ Styler, $250
This is my favorite flat iron because the edges of the iron are beveled and make it easy to create the perfect flat iron wave. It doesn’t leave dents in the hair and the temperature is consistent across the two plates to ensure even distribution of heat on each section.
One hack is to keep the iron moving as you move down the hair or release the hair after each bend to create the wave you desire. Section size and how tight you create the wave will yield completely different waves so have fun with it !
Ariabeauty 1″ Black Infrared Straightener, $200
This flatiron is amazing for a few reasons. First, it’s lightweight and easy to hold in your hand. Second it gets really hot! And third, the plates have a slight beveled edge, so when you close the plates together you don’t get creases.
I like to use this flatiron in an “S” shape to create perfect, soft beach waves! It’s good for everything, really!
GHD Gold Styler, $200
This only takes 25 seconds to heat up, so you can get straight to your flat iron waves in no time.
I find the plates are the perfect size for creating kinks and bends in the hair. Also, my favourite for any clients with unruly and frizzy texture, the dual zone technology allows you to style the hair in one movement.
If you want that cool-girl hair, place the styler in at a diagonal position. I find it gives a more natural finish. If you go in at a vertical position, it gives you a more ridged effect to the hair.
Hershesons Titanium Ionic Professional Straightener, £98
I have been loving this flat iron as it glides through the hair smoothly and creates effortless movement. I also like the fact that I can choose the temperature, as I like lower heat for fine hair texture.
To create my favorite flat iron waves, it is all in the bend of the wrist. To create smoother waves, I tend to glide the flat iron through the hair in a similar moment to that of a curling iron, keeping the wave in the same direction throughout the hair. For more lived-in waves, changing the direction of the wave/curl throughout the hair is key. Also, playing around with holding the flat iron horizontally or vertically while waving the hair creates different textures and waves.