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How to curl hair with straighteners

How to Curl Hair with Straighteners

Straighteners. Isn’t the clue in the name? They’re for straightening… Right?

Actually, your straighteners 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!


Meet the next generation of straightener: 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. The Steampod 3.0 creates hair that is twice as smooth in half the time* as a regular hair straightener (and at a lower temperature), which means you minimize damage without compromising on ultra-smooth, but not flat, hair. Plus, the new 360° rotating cord makes it really easy to get creative with curls. And on that note…


Here’s how to curl hair with straighteners to create three different looks!


Hair prep:

On damp hair, apply the Steampod milk (fine to normal hair types) or Cream (thick hair types) through the lengths and ends, then blowdry fully and brush out any tangles.

 *Instrumental test versus regular straightener

Hollywood Waves: Curl hair with straighteners on 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.


S-waves: Get curls using a straightener on fine hair types

The Steampod won’t flatten thin hair, meaning you can get these modern S-waves.

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.

2-waves: How to curl hair with straighteners on naturally straight hair

Create defined and textured 2-waves using the new Steampod 3.0.

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.

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: Check for the arrows on the Steampod – these should always be pointing towards the ends of the hair when you style.

RULE N°3: Apply Cream or Milk to the hair then fully blowdry before using your Steampod. Don’t worry if hair is unruly, the Steampod has been designed for even the most rebellious hair types.

RULE N°4: Only use demineralised water in your Steampod’s water tank, but don’t worry about changing the water after each use.

RULE N°5: Using a serum on the lengths and ends will give your hairstyle extra protection and a beautifully shiny finish, without weighing down the hair.


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

**instrumental test vs regular straightener