Life File: How to Use a Flat Iron to Create The Perfect Soft Waves

Before I was introduced to T3 Micro (anyone else obsessed?) I used to be very low maintenance regarding hair styling. Not that I’m super high maintenance now, but I do admit that a little bit of subtle waves or perfect straight hair goes a long way in making you feel more put together. I don’t spend much on doing either one but it’s pretty incredible how you can turn a bad hair day into a at least “decent” one, you know? I always think I’m doing a great (ok decent) job at doing some soft waves and then my friend Aylin shows up, does my hair and boom, amazing hair day right there (and self realization of how bad I’m at it, ha!) 😉

Anyway, last time she was here I asked her if she could teach me how to use the flat iron to create waves because when I travel that’s all I take with me (I’m really not one to pack a ton of stuff), and up until she showed me, I really didn’t know how to (I tried many times and would always end with one side looking great and the other completely flat!). I think that if you like taking your straightener with you when you travel is great to know that you don’t have to necessarily commit to straight hair, you know? And if you had to choose between buying a curling wand or a flat iron, I would say the latter as you can achieve different results with just one tool.

To get the best results, this is what Aylin recommends:

. Section your hair.

. Start with the bottom section.

. Point your straightener upwards, wrap a small section of hair and hold for about 15 seconds. 

. Curl as if you’re pulling away or towards the back of your head.

. Curl your hair in different directions for the best “messy” beach waves or curls.

. Spray your hair with a flexible hold spray like Bumble and Bumble Does it All hairspray.


. If you think your hair still looks too curly, go over the curls with your fingers as if you’re straightening them. It gives them a much more loose curl look.

. Run your fingers through your hair or use a wide toothed comb to separate strands.