Last week, right before Social Media on the Sand…I almost chopped my hair. I wasn’t going to just trim my hair, I was going to chop it.
And then I chickened out. I spent a lot of time growing my hair out. Was I really ready to not be able to put my hair in a ponytail or curl it?
Then I came home to a box and lo and behold it was a Remington® UV-Baked Ceramic Straightener to review. I won’t lie, I looked at it with fear. I can blow dry my hair, use Velcro curlers, put a hat on my head and throw it up into a clip or ponytail. I’m not well versed in using styling products for my shoulder length hair, which hasn’t been this long since 2002.
Okay, so what was I going to do with this new straightener, besides stare at it with fear? And what does UV baked ceramic mean anyhow?
In a nutshell, UV baked ceramic means that there’s less damage to your hair and less heat for a lesser amount of time means less frizz and healthier hair. Not that I know this for a fact, I read it from the Remington® UV-Baked Ceramic Straightener product page.
After reading more about the product, I felt confident that I could actually use the straightener without looking like a freak and doing all sorts of damage to my hair. First, I did some Pinterest and YouTube research to see how others were using their straighteners. I need some styling idea and tutorials, STAT.
I learned quickly from my first try after watching numerous videos online, that I needed practice. I couldn’t expect magic in 5 minutes. In other words, don’t try a new style 20 minutes before work.
3 Techniques for Styling Your Hair to Have Loose Beach Waves with a Flat Iron
For me, I really wanted to have beachy waves. Besides the fact that the style is in, each time I have my hairdresser style my hair this way, I love it and get compliments. Why not learn how to do it myself with my new flat iron?
Beach Waves with a Flat Iron Technique #1 – Twist or Braid
When your hair is dry, twist or braid and use the flat iron to heat the hair, creating waves. Super simple but I suggest using larger sections of your hair for big waves and spraying your hair with hairspray first. The Style Social has a simple and quick video for how-to. As you can see from my photo, it works but I‘d do thicker strands of hair next time.
Beach Waves with a Flat Iron Technique #2 – The Hand Flip
This is a little more challenging but it works. When your hair is dry, section it into parts. I like to divide my hair into 4 sections and then spray with hairspray to help the curl set. It’s hard to explain in words how to achieve this look using a hand flip technique and frankly, I’m still learning. Hey Kayli has a great video tutorial to help you learn how to achieve a loose beach wave look with a flat iron using a curl technique by flipping your hand. I also love Joanna Spicers how-to video. She’s so darn pretty!
Beach Waves with a Flat Iron Technique #3 – The Back and Forth
I’m struggling the most with this technique but I’m practicing and determined to have success. This technique is the back-and-forth technique. Think of a wave, you’re literally going back and forth with sections of your hair and the flat iron to create a wave. Brea Felton has this technique down to a science and yes, I want her hair. It is SO pretty.
Like I said, I’m learning but so far, so good and the videos certainly help. I will say, all these women need one of these straighteners, I bet they’d fall in love because I have! I’ve practiced a lot and luckily the Remington® UV-Baked Ceramic Straightener is gentle on my hair because of the new technology. I’ve also found that using a heat protector and not turning the flat iron up too high, makes a big difference. For me, the perfect temperature has been 360 degrees. Check-out Remington on Twitter and Facebook for other great products and style ideas.