One of the most important tools in your hairstyling arsenal as to be the flat iron.

Easily the most flexible and versatile of all the hairstyling tools you’re likely to find outside of your favorite salon, flat irons also happen to be incredibly easy to use once you get the hang of them. In no time at all you can go from never having used a flat iron to curling, straightening, or styling your hair just as good as your favorite hairdresser.

It doesn’t get much better than that!

To help you really hit the ground running, with put together this quick list of five simple techniques you’ll want to master to make the most of curling your short hair. Hopefully you’ll be able to make the most of these as you style your hair from here on out!

5 Best flat iron techniques to curl short hair

Prepare your hair as best you can before doing ANYTHING with the flatiron

A lot of people that sell flatirons are going to tell you that you have to make sure to purchase the one with the most features and special options to get the most out of this amazing little piece of technology, but the truth of the matter is that when you’re looking to curl short hair you have to do your very best to prep it perfectly before you even plug your flat iron in.

For starters, your hair needs to be perfectly clean and perfectly dry without being overly drying or overly “crunchy”. From there you’re going to want to apply a very small amount of styling gel or wax to add a bit volume to your hair, especially if it’s really short.

With that preparation already underway you’ll be good to go.

5 Best flat iron techniques to curl short hair

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Heat your flat iron up as much as humanly possible

If you are going to be curling your short hair with a flat iron you need to make sure that it is just as hot as humanly possible, and that probably means getting up quite a bit earlier so that you can get your flat iron to the highest possible temperature.

It’s going to take about 15 minutes for any flat iron to reach its maximum temperature level and then the evenly distribute that maximum temperature throughout the unit, no matter what the marketing or advertising on the box might tell you. You’re going to want to “set it and forget it” for those 15 minutes – and even just a bit longer if you’re able to – to make sure that you are always working with as hot and iron as possible.

5 Best flat iron techniques to curl short hair

Always – ALWAYS – work with small sections of hair at a time

With short hair you are going to have a much easier time working with smaller amounts of hair at a time while you curl your hair, but it’s important to remember that you need to really focus on working in small chunks so that you don’t overload your flat iron and “under heat” it at the same time.

One of the biggest challenges people have with keeping their hair perfectly styled when they use a flat iron is not giving the iron time enough to heat up between uses. As you curl specific areas of your hair the iron is going to naturally cool, and it has to recover before you are able to dive right back in again.

By working with small chunks of hair you won’t have to worry about that recovery time slowing you down.

5 Best flat iron techniques to curl short hair

Make sure that you leave the end of your hair straight

When you are working with a flat iron and shorthair you need to make sure that you leave the very ends of your hair straight so that you don’t have to worry about your curls sticking out from your head like Medusa’s snakes would!

By curling everything but the last half-inch or so of your hair you’re going to be able to have much more natural looking girls and ones that are effortless to style in pretty much any and every way you’d like to. This is a bit of a professional level tip, but it’s one that’s going to completely change the way you curl your hair with a flat iron from here on out.

5 Best flat iron techniques to curl short hair

Lay down a foundation and build up from there

The last thing that you’ll want to do when you are curling your hair with a flat iron is to remember to start with the hair closest to your head (the hair on the “bottom layer” before you begin to work outwardly from there.

You’ll be able to build a solid foundation with this approach, giving yourself every opportunity to style your hair in any and every way you like as you go along. By taking this approach you won’t have to worry about your hair looking sloppy or unnatural, but will instead have a much more natural look.

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