How to curl hair with straighteners

Straighteners. Isn’t the clue in the name? They’re for straightening… Right? Actually, your flat irons are more versatile than you might think. They should really be called “smoothers” because, as well as straightening the hair, they can also be used to create different kinds of waves and curls on all hair types!


Golden rules for how to curl hair with straighteners

RULE N°1: Start curling on the lower sections and pin back the top pieces. Underneath the ear and behind the temple is a good place to start.

RULE N°2: When using a Steampod hair straightener, check for the arrows on the tool – these should always be pointing towards the ends of the hair when you style.

RULE N°3: Apply heat protection (e.g. Steampod Milk for fine to normal hair types  or Smoothing Cream for thick hair types) to the hair then fully blowdry before using your hair straightener.

RULE N°4: Using a serum on the lengths and ends will give your hairstyle extra protection and a beautifully shiny finish, without weighing down the hair.


Three curly hairstyles using a Steampod 3.0 hair straightener

Hair prep: On damp hair, apply heat protection such as the Steampod Milk (fine to normal hair types) or Smoothing Cream (thick hair types) through the lengths and ends, then blowdry fully and brush out any tangles.

Smooth unruly hair Hollywood Waves

How to curl hair with a straightener: thick, frizzy hair 

These Hollywood waves are easy to achieve, even on thick, unruly hair types.


Step 1.

Turn your Steampod to 210°C. Once heated, starting close to the roots at the front, roll a 5-cm section of hair around the Steampod, away from the face.

Step 2.

After a second or two, release the hair from the Steampod and twist around the index finger before letting it drop and cool. Repeat throughout the hair.

Step 3.

Take the Steampod Serum, rub a drop or two between your palms, then cup and squeeze the ends the hair in your hand for a boost of shine.

Discover more Hollywood Wave Hairstyle Tutorials here. 

Curls for fine hair S-Waves

Get curls using a straightener on fine hair types

S Waves are a great way to add volume to fine or thin hair. 


Step 1.

Turn your Steampod to 180°C. When heated, starting at the front, place a 1cm-wide section of hair in the tool and curl back and away from the face.

Step 2.

Repeat across the head, using your finger to twist the curl before leaving it to drop and cool.

Step 3.

Take a wide-toothed comb and, using zig-zagging motions, separate the curls. Apply a drop of serum to your fingertips and pull through the lengths and ends, focusing on the front sections and ends.

Curls for straight hair 2-Waves

How to curl naturally straight hair 

Create defined and textured 2-waves using a hair straightener.


Step 1.

Turn the Steampod to 200°C and wait until the number stops flashing. Starting at the sides at the front, twist a 3-cm section and let drop.

Step 2.

With your next section, just above the first, hold the hair in the Steampod horizontally and turn your wrist to alternating angles as you move down the hair to create an almost crimped effect.

Step 3.

Alternate regular curls with the crimping technique as you move from section to section across the hair. Run the serum through the hair with your fingertips to loosen the waves and give then defined shine.

Why Steampod 3.0? 

Where traditional straighteners use heated ceramic plates to force the hair straight (often causing damage in the process) the new Steampod 3.0 by L’Oréal Professionnel and Rowenta uses steam.


Discover all the ways you can create curls and waves with the new Steampod 3.0!

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