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Would you believe that this gorgeous retro hairstyle was done solely with a flat iron? I wouldn’t believe it myself if I hadn’t heard it from the stylist who created this look. After seeing this picture, I had to find out who did the hair (it was Christine at the midtown Vidal Sassoon, if you’re interested). I booked an appointment with Christine and adored her; in fact, she’s the one who suggested my new Bettie Page bangs. She also gave me a lesson on creating waves with a flat iron and it was a revelation.
I’ve always associated flat irons with very modern ideas about what hair should look like: poker-straight and flat. But, as Christine told me, just by changing the angle you hold the iron at, you can make curls and waves. She did it with complete ease; it was like magic. My attempts to recreate it on my own haven’t been quite as effortless, but I’m slowly catching on. (I’ve watched a couple YouTube tutorials since; take a look at this one and this one for curling techniques.) The key to getting the curled-under retro effect is to do all the curls in the same direction, so that they’re framing your face rather than flipping away from it.
My mind was blown a second time when I had lunch with the lovely Mena, who told me that some people do pin curls with a flat iron, by clamping the iron down on the curl. Have you ever heard of such a crazy thing?
As you can tell, this whole idea of flat iron styling is a new world to me. Am I completely out of it? Had you heard of these methods of getting retro hair? Please share any tips, ladies!
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