Tutorial: Flat Iron Waves

Posted in Tutorial on July 27th, 2010 by Reagan

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I hope you enjoy our first tutorial and the little photo shoot we did in beautiful Charleston right after. Please, could Kat be any more beautiful?

Thanks to Jake for filming and editing, and for shooting the stills. Thanks to Kat for being the most perfectly gorgeous model ever and THANK YOU, HDOF readers for being patient! We have a few more in the works, I’m really looking forward to getting better at these, Haha! Meaning, please excuse my awkwardness during the intro, I somehow managed to make it look like I’m reading cue cards. I’m not. And I swear my voice sounds different in my head than it does on video, does anyone else feel like that? Next time I’ll practice saying “Unique New York” 100 times before hand.

**note**if you run the flat iron down more quickly, you’ll get less curl and more of a bend effect. Same goes for not turning the flat iron and just cocking your wrist all the way down, you’ll get a slight wave if you prefer that to what we do in the video. Keep in mind that the flat iron waves are meant to be shaken out and played with!

24 Responses to “Tutorial: Flat Iron Waves”

  1. Andrea Says:

    I hate being filmed/photographed because I always think I look/sound different than I actually do. I’m much cooler in my own head!
    Anyways… I have so been doing this wrong! I didn’t know you kept twisting on your way down! No wonder my flat iron waves always look weird! Thank you :)

  2. Jen Says:

    I’d been doing it all wrong, too! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Quick question…you seem to pull the flat iron a lot more slowly than I do. What temp is your iron set at? I have fine, curly hair and I usually set my iron at about 190′C, but I’m going down the hair about twice as fast as you are. What temp/speed would you recommend?

  3. sarah haslem Says:

    That was great! So excited to see what other tutorials you have planned!

  4. Kelly Says:

    Awesome tut Reagan! Can’t wait to try it at home :) Your model should be an actual runway model if she isn’t already. Then she should hire you as her personal hair dresser on fire and Jake as her personal photographer. Gorgeous!

  5. Elyse Says:

    You’re awesome! that was great, can’t wait to see your other ones. And you weren’t THAT awkward ;)

  6. Jessica Says:

    I love that! Everyone keeps telling me to do waves with a flat iron, but I could never make it work. I can’t wait to try it! I love your tips and the tutorial was great. (and my voice sounds totally different in my head too…)

  7. Andrea Gilberg Says:

    Great Job Reagan. She is a beautiful model too. Great pics too Jake!
    p.s. love the tan line on your arm, its sweet.

  8. Tammy Says:

    great job! What a beautiful model!

  9. megs Says:

    i didn’t see where the video is…is it just my computer?? :-(

  10. Nayane Says:

    Give us more tutorials! I love it! haha

  11. Shelby Says:

    Thanks for the tutorial Reagan. Q: Does the direction you twist and the direction you angle it affect the direction of the curl? Could you elaborate on that a little more in writing maybe. That’s the part I seem to struggle with.

  12. Nicole Says:

    Gosh, this is great! You do a really awesome tutorial! Yay, I get excited like a giddy little school girl when you update this blog! Can’t wait for more tutorials!

  13. Barb Says:

    Thank you!!! I went and tried it right away and it works great. It looked even better on my daughter’s hair.

  14. Christi Says:

    Loved the tutorial!!! Thank you! What products did you use on Kat’s hair before blow-drying and styling? Did you round-brush it all out too?

  15. Emajo Says:

    Thanks! Beautiful hair, model, and photographs. Love this site!

  16. Reagan Says:

    I didn’t use any products for lack of time (daylight). Next time I’d use a small amount of mousse.

    I did round brush beforehand for some nice volume :)

  17. Jenny Says:

    I’m going to try this! My daughters will love it too … they crave soft waves and we each have one of those flatirons in our respective arsenals!

    Love your belt, Reagan! I noticed it in the pics of you on the floor with your precious Piper.

    Good job filming and editing too, by the gentlemanly Jake.

    Kat is extremely gorgeous and so is Charleston.

  18. Emma Says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have been experimenting with my hair to get soft waves and this is the best method by far! Your video really helped me master the technique and I have been rocking pretty waves almost every day!

  19. karen c Says:

    i had no idea you could even do that with a flat iron…nice work!

  20. Ruth Says:

    What happens if I use a 1″ curling iron? I don’t have a flat iron. And which would your suggest to get if I do want a flat iron. Thanks.

  21. Kirsten Says:

    I’ve tried doing flat-iron waves about a dozen times and can never make it work because my straightener won’t glide through my hair. I’ve tried cleaning the goo off of the straightener, putting different styling creams in my hair, using a lighter grip, etc.- and nothing will work. As soon as I clamp and rotate the iron, it’s stuck! Any suggestions?

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  23. leslie Says:

    Thanks for a most informative (and well made) video tutorial. A quick question: it looks like you’re using a different flat iron than those you listed in another post. Could you tell me which one you’re using here? It looks like it worked great for waving, and I’m trying to decide which flat iron to buy my daughter (she has hair exactly like your model.)

  24. leslie Says:

    (Just realized you were using the herstyler. The photo in your link showed it laying on top of the storage bag, so it looked different…)


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