Now that the Florida humidity is at 50% instead of 98% (hallelujah!) we decided it is a perfect time to try out some fun hair styling techniques! (This is also a great hairstyle for new years) We decided to try a curly style  – and as always we turn to Pinterest! There are many posts on Pinterest about easy ways to curl your hair. One technique that we kept seeing was how to curl hair with a flat iron. Since flat irons are made to straighten hair this seemed a little fishy, so we decided to call shenanigans!




After Curling with Flat Iron

As you can see from the pictures above it really did work (and that was on our first try)! After a little more practice we figured out that you can not only make beautiful big curls with the straightening iron but also tight curls.

For this shenanigan, all you need is a straightening iron. We actually had to purchase a straightener for this, and after a lot of research we  settled on the Ergo Flat and Smoothing Iron. It gets ridiculously hot, and it has a very curved barrel – perfect for creating curls!

For $50 off your Ergo Flat Iron use the coupon code: Fall50Off

How to Use the Ergo flat iron to curl hair

If the Ergo is out of your price range, here are a couple other flat irons with the round barrel and heat controls that have great reviews. I also put a link to a heat resistant glove for styling, which is great if you are worried about burning yourself:



Watch the video above for the whole tutorial or view our step-by-step picture instructions below:

How to curl hair with flat iron tutorial

As you can see, this shenanigan works really well! It’s also fairly flexible: if you want tight curls, just use smaller sections of hair, and go slower when you slide the straightener down your hair. If you want larger, looser curls, use bigger sections and go a little faster.


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  1. Mila @

    I think this girl has got pretty decent natural curls that require just a bit of styling, not curling with a flat iron, but this is just my opinion.

    • Shenanigans

      That is true, I do have naturally wavy hair, but I did try it on my friend who has fine and straight blonde hair, and worked very nicely 🙂 If you have any techniques that you want us to try be sure to let us know!

  2. Kate J

    I understand that you can curl your hair with a flat iron but why not use a curling iron ; it’s only $30 – a good one.

    I believe you should use this method when you don’t have any options.

    Nice tutorial


    • Shenanigans

      That is a good point, and I know that a curling iron works pretty well (especially since it is made for curling lol) but surprisingly I have found the curling my hair with a straightening iron is easier (at least for me) and I burn myself less than with a curling iron. It also makes my hair much shinier, and seems to hold for longer. I am not sure if that is the same for everyone, but it has definitely cut down on the time it takes me to do my hair. Thanks for your feedback though, and if you have anything that you want us to try be sure to comment or post on our facebook page 🙂

  3. Amiee

    Omg this works so well!! I have trying forever to curl my hair with a straighter and couldn’t figure it out for the life of me!!! I have short hair so I look a little poodleish but I’m so excited it worked. Thank you so much!!

  4. Marcy

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I don’t need to take both my hair straighteners and my curling wand with me next time I go on holiday.

    • Shenanigans

      Good point! I hate having to carry around a bunch of hair products 🙂

  5. Karol

    It’s awesome, I’ve been looking for something like this, Great look! perfect for your face.


    Hi Kristen,
    Thanks for your tip. It’s very useful and your hair is nice. i like your style. 🙂
    Keep your work to write useful article.


    Thanks for your tips. I’m using a curling wand but maybe it’s not suitable with me. I’ll try to use flat iron with your advice.

    P/S: I love your hair, and your face so cute 🙂

    • B.cindy

      hi shınoda. I was using curling wand until I experienced with my sister’s flat will see differences when use it.

  8. cindy curel

    My hair is too straight but I want curls and more volume all the time so I keep doing “this”…the difference is that I do it much quicker and mostly on the front, because I don’t have the patience to do it on my whole hair 😀 It’s useless to say that my result is NOT that good!!

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  10. Lucy

    Great post, I like the way you mix a bit of humor into it, its a great domain name as well.