Flat Iron for Curling Hair
- In my opinion, it's faster than a curling iron because you don't have to hold the tool in place while the curls are setting.
- You can get tighter, Shirley Temple curls if you pull your hair through the iron slower.
- You can wave or crimp your hair, in addition to curl or straighten it.
- If you pull the iron through your hair too quickly, a curl won't even form.
- If hair slides out from between the plates, you won't get a tight spiral.
- You gotta learn a new technique in order to use a flat iron to curl you're hair.
- It's more difficult to switch the direction of the curls. With a curling iron, you can curl one set of strands one way, and another set in the other direction.
- You get uniform curls all throughout your head. They are all the same diameter and tightness.
- It's easier to switch the direction of the curls (I mentioned this).
- It's a simpler technique, so you won't have hair sliding out from the barrel.
- Generally, curling irons are cheaper than flat irons.
- You can only curl with a curling iron, so it's not as versatile as a flat iron.
- You'll need a bunch of different sized curling irons to do a mixture of tight and loose curls.
I like having both (I guess I like spending money on unnecessary things), but in the end, you get roughly the same look with either tool. My curling iron is 1 1/2", so I grab for it when I want loose curls. You can create loose curls with a straightening iron, but it's difficult with 1" plates. You'll need a professional flat iron with larger plates to make loose curls nicely. It's strange because I can justify having two or three different curling irons of different sizes, but having more than one straightener seems odd to me. Oh, well... thanks for reading!