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How to Style Short Hair – Flat Iron Curls

How to Style Short Hair – Flat Iron Curls


Hi everybody, today I’m going to show you
a tutorial on how I curl my pixie hair. To get started, there’s a few things you’ll
need. I curl my hair with a flat iron, you can also use a one or one and a
half inch curling iron, and it will work just fine. I prefer to curl my hair when
it’s 2 to 3 days dirty. When my hair is just a little bit dirty, I do use
just a dry shampoo. Ive just been using the Sauvé dry shampoo because I’ve
heard a lot of people like it. And I do like it in the terms that it works, I don’t
like that it dries your hair our so much. Just so you know, I prefer Dirty Secret
by Bed Head over this Sauvé. So I’m going to use a little bit of the dry shampoo
on the roots, especially when I need a retouch as bad as I do right now, it just
helps disguise the regrowth a little bit and absorb some of that oil that
takes place after not washing it for 2 to 3 days. More importantly than the
dry shampoo to me is this Spoil Me by Bed Head, and it’s basically a defrizzer
and a smoothing hairspray. It rehydrates the hair and gives it kind of a
nice clean feeling to it. So after I use a dry shampoo I definitely follow up with
this just because that dry shampoo dries out the hair so much and this
just brings back some of that hydration. So the dry shampoo on the roots,
and the Spoil Me on the ends. And you can just let it sit for a second while
it absorbs and dries off for a little bit. Another thing you can do if you
don’t have Spoil me, is a gloss drop, one of my favorites is Shine Blaster
by Bed Head. So it’s basically like a serum and it adds a little protection from
the heat of the flat iron or curling iron, and it also brings back hydration
as well. Another thing you’ll want or need is a clip, to kind of section
off the hair, and a comb if you want to smooth it before you curl it. So I’m
going to go ahead a comb all the product through my hair. And then I’m going to go
ahead and part it. I like to style my hair coming forward, just so it frames my
face, and also, that’s kind of just the way my hair grows. So for a better style,
I always recommend going with the growth pattern of your hair, cause then you’re
fighting less against your hair and it’s fighting less against you. So I’m
going to curl my hair towards my face, so you’ll see me pulling the flat
iron towards my face as well. So take a section, and the key is to always turn your
flat iron and not hold it there because you will get a crease. And also, place the
flat iron right at the base of your scalp. That’s where you’re going to pull
the most intensely, and then you’re just going to pull straight down, so that
you’re not creating a really intense ringlet, you’re keeping the ends just a
little bit straight. And then im going to curl the next piece of hair the other way.
So again, right at the base of my head, and pull down like that. And you can
see this hair a little bit, how it just has a little bit of straightness at the
end. And when I’m curling my hair, now that it’s a pixie, I don’t worry about
including every single hair because then you’re going to get basically like
a helmet shape. But it’s okay, like I missed some of this underneath but its fine because
you don’t have to curl every single piece of hair because it will create
more volume than you want. So I have this hair going that way, I’m going to go
ahead and do this one going forward. And with the bottom layer especially, I don’t
pull it up and I don’t over extend it, when you overextend it, you’re going
to create a lot of volume. I don’t want a lot of volume underneath cause that’s
basically going to shorten the look and the length of my hair. So holding it downwards,
I’m just going to curl tightly at the roots and pull straight down. And you
just repeat that on the second layer, but going the opposite. So for example,
in the back on the bottom layer I originally curled my hair going forward, I’m
going to go ahead and curl it backwards and basically alternate what I just did with
the first layer. But again, I’m angling the flat iron towards my face. And
then you’ll just continue to repeat that up the side until this side is done and
then you’ll start over on this side from the bottom. And actually I do a
pretty dramatic part so I’m going to leave it right there for now. And switch to
the other side. So here’s another example of how the ends aren’t curled like
a tight curl, their barely curled under. So this front part is kind of where
the styling comes into play, because the direction that you curl your hair is basically
going to be the look of the whole hairstyle. So I start in the back, back
here, and I take a little section from the back left. And I’m going to curl
it tightly going towards my face, and straightening out those ends. Then I’m going
to come from the opposite way on the right side of my hair and curl it towards
the other curl, keeping those ends, again, kind of straight. And then I just kind
of keep repeating that towards the front. And this is where I do like to
overextend because I like a lot of the volume of my hair to be at the top. So
again, I’m overextending right here, and I’m holding the flat iron, or curling
iron, just flat against my head, right at the roots, and getting it really
tight in there. And then start to pull it towards you. And then in here, this
is the tricky part because everybody’s hair is different and everybody’s hairline
is different. I find for myself that the best thing to do is to actually reverse
the curl, and instead of curling towards my face, I curl it going backwards. So I’m
going to take this piece right here and overextend it going this way, and again,
I’m going to curl my hair going backwards. And I only do this on the front
part because I like the way the finished curl looks when I do pull it forward. The
direction of the curl basically impacts the type of wave you’re going to get. And
I might actually do a barrel curl and have this one go the same way. But I’m going
to have it angled differently. So, before I had the curling iron going straight
like that. This time I’m going to have it go this way, just at a slight diagonal.
I just want to make sure I have all of my hair over directed. Right at the roots,
and curl it going backwards right at the ends and curl it so they’re a little
straight. And if you’re using a dryer shampoo that dries out your hair, you
just went over it with a flat iron, which is going to dry it out anymore. So I
definitely recommend going over it with a shine spray, this is called Head Rush
and it’s also by Bed Head. And you’re just going to hit your ends with that. And
I would do this while your hair is just a little bit warm so your hair can absorb
it. And this just puts, again, a little bit of hydration back into your hair.
The back of my hair cut is a lot shorter, so I’m basically going just to
attempt to do the same technique, which is curling it at the base only and then pulling
it straight, and alternating the direction of the curl I do. So just curl
the back the bet that you can see, use a mirror if you have one. And for this
top layer I can kind of see what I’m doing so I’m going to go ahead and face
front. And just starting at the base of the hair and curling towards my face. Sweet,
so now all my hair on my head should be curled. I’m using my new favorite spray
wax. Everybody, the Wonza spray wax has been discontinued so it’s really hard
to find, but I like Play Dirty spray wax, it’s by Sexy Hair. The key to this
is that it’s very gritty, and you don’t want to spray it in your roots, you want to
spray it on the ends. So like this, and you can kind of lift a little bit so you’re
getting underneath it as well. So the great thing about spray wax is it doesn’t
get crispy or hard, so it’s really pliable and you can play with it a
lot, but it still holds pretty well. Then, you can use a tiny bit of hairspray, I don’t
like to use a lot cause I don’t like my hair to be crispy cause I touch it so much.
And I know that with hairspray, if you run your fingers through it, it’s
basically undoing the hairspray, it only has hold one time. So I’m just going
to do a tiny bit. And a lot of times when you mix this with the spray wax it kind
of makes a perfect in between concoction. It will give it a little bit more hold and
flexibility when you mix it with the spray wax. And that my friends is basically
how you do my little so-called curled hairstyle. And I really like it because
I can sleep on it and it looks somewhat the same, it’s a little bit messy and tussled.
My bangs to get flatter quicker, so if they are the next day I can just kind
of twist it, and put a pin in it, and then you have a little rock belle hairstyle
as well, or like a fohawk. So it’s a fun hairstyle, its really playful I think,
and I really like it for summer. But like I said, I like to use it to get more
days out of my hair before I have to wash it again. Hopefully it’s what you
guys wanted and if you guys have any questions, you can email me and share this video with
a friend, or subscribe to see more of my other videos. Thanks so much for watching!

99 thoughts on “How to Style Short Hair – Flat Iron Curls”

  1. Shampoo is not good for your hair anyways, unless it's actually dirty. Conditioning is okay, but I don't understand how people wash their hair everyday, I can go shampoo free for over a week with a pixie, and even then my hair is nice and clean.

  2. You are adorable and I love your tips. I'm about to cut my hair short again and I find you well versed on changing up a short style. Keep the great videos coming.

  3. Thank u ..i would like to tell u not to use lots of products on ur head skin and try to use henna on the head skin it will make it healthy again

  4. My hair is just slightly shorter than yours and very thick. I had a hard time with the flat iron. Do you think it would be easier if I used a curling iron?

  5. Hi, I actually have a question about your hair colour more then anything. You look like you have basically white hair and I was wondering how you managed it. Judging from your roots, you look to have about the same colour naturally as me. I've gone very light before but I found that I still had that brassy yellow tinge to my hair… How do you get rid of that?

  6. Thank you so much for making this video.i am cutting all my hair off into a pixie cut for breast cancer,I love you your so pretty.

  7. Thank goodness I watched this, Just had my haircut in the pixie and have been crying ever since. watching this made me feel so much better…THANK YOU,can't wait to do my hair in the morning. Your beautiful!!

  8. What length is your hair on your sides  I am guessing 4 to 5" from scalp to end.  I asked my stylist today for a long pixie and she cut the sides WAYYYY to short.  Experiencing hair cut remorse.   Thankfully it grows..:) love your videos!!

  9. What flat iron are you using?  My current one broke and I bought a Paul Mitchell which works well, however the tip burns my fingers which makes it useless.  Can you recommend a skinny curling iron that has a tip that's safe to touch?  Thanks!

  10. Do you have trouble breathing? I'm really sorry in advance if I offend you in a any way, I'm just really worried for your well being! I found this channel yesterday and I'm already addicted (:

  11. OMG the final result was so nice. You did such a great job. I love curling hair with a flat iron and just posted a video on it. I'd love it if you came through and check it

  12. My curled pixie is definitely my go-to look. A bit of work but the finished result is worth it!
    Love your cut as well.

  13. Hey Whippy! Could you pleaseee do a video on how to do heatless curls in hair (like yours) Because i have tried many different teqniques before and it never works! Thankyou!! P.s  i love your channel, and just subscribed! ilysm!! xx <3 

  14. @hollyatkinson Hey Holly, This sounds like a fun idea for a viideo. I will put it in my recording lineup and we can update you when I get the chance to do a video like that. Thank you for such a great suggestion. I love it!

  15. I just cut my hair into a pixie and brought some of pics of you from IG into the salon for inspiration ☺️
    I'm LOVING my short hair and I'm so excited to try this look!!! Thanks for inspiring me to chop it off 💇💁

  16. Hello.  I have been watching your videos and wishing i could have your haircut.  I have very thin hair on top.  It is so this your can see my scalp on top.  What are you suggestions for the type of haircut i should have.  Also what hair products i should use.  Thanks

  17. I'm not sure if you're still replying on this video since it's older. But, if you are, how long would you say this hairstyle takes you on a normal day? I have straight hair, but if I got a pixie, I'd like to wear it curly/wavy pretty often. Thanks!

  18. +Brianna G That is a great question. Once you have the flat iron curl technique down, I would say I spend about 10-15 minutes styling freshly washed hair. If it's next day hair (and usually it is, haha) I will typically just add dry shampoo to the roots, pop in a few curls around the crown, and top with a bit of spray wax. Really quick and easy, done in under 10 minutes.

  19. Now I know what I'm going to try and do this weekend!  Your hair styles are so adorable and feminine.  I am in my 50's with short hair and my cut is similar to yours.  Thank you for the inspiration …

  20. I work out most mornings and get really sweaty, would you still recommend not washing my hair? This has always stumped me. I love my pixie but washing it every day makes it hard to get the grit and texture that I love!

  21. Most Bed Head products are 20+ dollars per bottle at Ulta here in Michigan. Is there a place any cheaper?

  22. I really learned so much from your demonstration. Good job. You have great hair by-the-way and I love the style.

  23. Thanks so much for this! My hair is basically all the length of your sides, meaning I don't have a longer part like that in the front, and I've been trying to find something for hair as short as mine.

  24. @ChestersonJack  Yay! I love to hear that. I'm so excited for you. It's the best thing to have a cut and style that you love. So happy that you were able to use the tips from this video. Thanks for watching.

  25. Your hair is GORGEOUS!!!  Thank you so much for this tutorial.  My hair is the same length and I've been struggling with it….this helped so much!

  26. Never have commented on a hair tutorial but I love how your hair turned out!  It is soooo pretty!!!  I have bangs and get tired of how I usually wear them and though my length is almost to my shoulders I am going to try and do my bangs as you did and work it together.  Really I am so loving your hair!!!  Thanks for the tutorial

  27. omg, thank you so so much! you are one of the only channel that does Short Pixie Hair! this is such a beautiful look. I've tried to curl with a flat iron for a long time. but every time i did it, i would fail. but how you showed it really helped me out. thank you!!! 😀

  28. I love wearing my hair in a pixie, but I tend to have a couple of issues. I have cowlicks at my nape. Also I have alot of natural wave, but it's also fine. I would love some advice and suggestions. Thanks, Julie

  29. I like the technique you use with the flat iron! I've never used it before but I think it will work better on my hair versus other tutorials I have seen. I just got a pixie cut recently and have been trying to figure out how I want to style it and I think this is it! Thanks so much.

  30. Love your hair cut…I also have fine hair…can I just tell my stylist I want a pixie cut and show your pic? Any special instructions to get the fullness on top/front, which I love?

  31. ma quanto brava sei ….. cerco di pettinarmi e dare la forma ai capelli come fai tu ma……… tu sei unica !!!!!!! Dio come vorrei farmi tagliare i capelli da te !!!!! ciao cara e grazie x i tuoi video ……

  32. ugh we have exactly the same haircut 🙂 im so excited im gonna try this for sure
    good job

  33. Hey been watching a few videos and love them. I have quite long hair I have been growing for years but I have a 2 year old and another on the way so never have time to blow dry straighten etc so just shove it up. so have been seriously thinking about getting pixie cut but I wondered how often it would need to be cut some people say they have theirs done weekly!!?? x

  34. I thought I wanted a stacked Bob until I saw your cut. My fiance isn't big on short hair but my hair is absolutely lifeless. we are getting married in 3 weeks, once we get back from the honeymoon I am taking the plunge for a shorter style.

  35. I used to do that to get curl, but I'm lazy and found out sleeping in pillow rollers does the job with half the effort. i just comb the tight spiral curls out into a usable curl/wave.

  36. Hello!
    My name is Celia, I am Brazilian and I live in São Paulo, and I was looking for here on youtube, a short hair style and very beautiful … Well, I'm tired of long hair. I already cut some of my hair and it is now at the height of my shoulders.
    I had seen many beautiful models of short hair, and found your videos here, I loved it!
    His short hair style is exactly what I was looking for, and now I can show my hair, there will be no error.
    I thank you, God bless you!

  37. I just LOVE your hair and your ability to rock different styles!
    thank you so much for this tutorial, I'll try it asap !
    you're a true inspiration.

  38. If you have fine hair, what is the best flat iron temperature to use? I'm worried about damaging my hair. Thanks so much! Love the tutorials!

  39. I love this video. It would be helpful if all products were listed in comments. I just went out and bought a flat iron. You are inspiring. Thanks for your reply. I'm hunting for them. Found, thanks!

  40. you would probably like surface curls finishing spray instead of hairspray. I love it and use it whenever I curl or straighten my hair

  41. I have a bit of a shorter cut than you, but I've been wanting to try a curled style out since getting my hair cut last December! Definitely going to try this (hopefully this week/weekend)! I absolutely loved how your hair turned out, and this video is extremely informative, thank you!

  42. don't even know if this is checked anymore…but how do u go days without washing tour hair I'd u have alot of product in it? I have very fine, silky, straight hair. I use alot of product in my pixie to give me the little bit of volume I have but come the morning, it needs a wash bad.

  43. I just love love your videos!! I have just my hair into pixies. watching your vids helps me to learn how to style and I think I may go platinum!! keep sharing . And ur so cute

  44. I’m in the DMV …Anyone watching this now where I can get a good pixie cut and Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland?

  45. I Love you styling methods. I have fine, oily and very straight hair.. your hair looks rather thick. Can I still do these things? When I curl my hair it will straighten in an hour! Will the products you mention change this?

  46. I've just recently discoverd you and subscribed. This video is 5 yrs old, and maybe you've done this since, but it would be so nice if you found some cruelty free (CF) products that you like well enough to be your go-to's. I believe you mentioned Sexy Hair Play Dirty Dry Wax Spray. That brand is cruelty free. So is Oribe, Paul Mitchell, Kenra, Giovanni, Shea Moisture, Mineral Fusion, Hask, DryBar, Pacifica, Jason, Costco Brand shampoo & conditioner, every single product in Trade Joe. Many many more. P.S. Bed Head, Suave, Rusk NOT CF.

  47. I am glad i found you. I love your hair!!!!!! I love your helpful videos. I Have a short layered bob but i'm bored. My next cut will be a pixie about your length. My hair is fine and my face is round. What do you think??? you are so helpful

  48. Well from what i could c, i love it. But, ur comments covered u most of the time. Don't know if it's my phone or not. Is there a way u could remove the comments off the video so i can c the whole thing? But, thanks for ur video, either way!😊😊

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