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Thursday, March 08, 2012

How to curl your hair with a flat iron + Hana Titanium Review

IKR. My hair is straight. Why would I need a flat iron?

Did you know you can use a flat iron to curl your hair? I know. It sounds oxymoronic. But, for realz, I'm going to show you how.

I prepped my hair by combing mousse through it and blow drying it after my shower... and then I slept on it all night ;) Totes prepped!

First, you need a flat iron.

The wonderful folks over at sent me The Hana Titanium 1.5" flat iron to review. It's plates are beveled at the edge making it perfect for using to curl your hair.

One of the nice things about this flat iron is that you can actually dial in the temperature. The Hana Titanium flat iron came with guidelines about which range of temps could correspond to what type of hair (from 140F to 450F). A few hair stylists have told me I have thick hair, so I started off at 400ish temps. BAD idea!! My hair started smoking!! accck! So definitely start at the lowest temperature you can and move on up to find the temperature that works best for you. For me, that temp was 302!

First, Take a small 1-2" section of your hair

So here's the interesting part.

Clamp down on the iron toward the base of the sectioned off hair. Rotate the iron 180 degrees so that your hair partially wraps around the iron. (I like wrapping in-ward toward the face so that the curls kind of frame/hug the face).

Keeping the iron closed and at that angle, slowly pull you hair through the iron. This "irons" the hair into a curl shape.

This creates such a lovely curl. Much more ringlet-y than when I use a curling iron.

hehe... half curly half straight!

After curling all sections of your hair, twirl your hair up into a bun, and give it a few shots of hair spray!

Ha! It totally looks like I'm trying to show off my non-existent 'guns' here, lol.

Tousle your hair, and voila! (yes, I also finished getting dressed, hahah)

Verdict: fun! The curls I got were much nicer than the ones I get with my curling iron. It currently takes only 5ish min for me to curl my hair with a curling iron. This was more like 10 min. It seems like after I get the hang of it, I will be able to do this fairly quickly. The plates are made of a smooth titanium. So your hair glides right through - quickly, and with no snags! If you have coarser hair and need to use temps in the 400F range, be forewarned that at these temps I found the iron became fairly hot to handle. But then again, if you're using it to straighten rather than curl, you might not be touching the ends where the heating plates are quite so much.

I'm also excited to try more styling with the flat iron. Misikko has a great page with tips on how to use a flat iron, including video tutorials (one of which taught me how to curl my hair like this using a flat iron!)

The Hana Air also came with a Travel Pouch, Heat Proof Silicone Mat & Tin Case. Love the heat proof silicone mat. Great for the counter since the iron does get quite warm during use. I also love the thick leather travel pouch. You can stick the hot iron right in and pack it up when you're done with you're hair! If you don't need titanium plates or curved plates, Misikko carries the top flat iron brands, so you can find the best flat iron for you.

For those of you who use flat irons, do you have any tips on their use? Has anyone else tried curling or putting waves in their hair with a flat iron?

Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to review the Hana Titanium Flat Iron from Misikko. All statements and opinions expressed here are my own. I was not compensated in any other way.

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Lizzie said...

Isn't it just theeee best hair iron ever?! I love mine! Too bad I totally suck at trying to curl with it and just end up with weird bendy-creases everywhere hahah. Oh well lol


Lori said...

@Lizzie I love it! I noticed quite a few Seattle bloggers got to review this lovely iron :) I get the bendy creases with it if I try to make waves, but the curling worked better for me...

Unknown said...

Nice pics. Hana flat iron is the best one. I just publish a post with full review here

Anonymous said...

Great product hair straighteners ! Really good price for it too! I love that it comes with a little bag. It was perfect for me that it was a smaller one and a larger one. The smaller one is perfect for my daughter. Really impressed with this flat iron! Love these. I actually have a chi iron and I like these much better…..

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