Tried Flat Iron Waves (Pics)

Followed videos this morning, and tried "flat iron waves" for the first time. That means gently waving my hair with a flat iron for what I call "flat volume".  I'm not good at the technique yet, but I will practice and get better! It's different to my classic round waves, and I like to change things up.

Shout out to Sal, Gryffin, LJP, Tanya, Brooklyn, Bijou and Merwoman,  who might like to do the same. You never know! 

Happy to provide the videos I followed if anyone is interested. All in good fun! Have a lovely weekend :)

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  • chewyspaghetti replied 1 year ago

    Looks good!

  • RoseandJoan replied 1 year ago

    I love this Angie, is it flat volume because you use a flat iron or because you avoid volume at the crown?

  • merwoman replied 1 year ago

    Oh I like this a lot! And how  fun to be able to change it up!
    Ive got a dry bar double shot which Ive been using to gently shape my hair and minimize frizz. Veerrry interested in this flat iron technique.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Thanks, Khris

    Jules, yes to your question. And also, the flat iron flattens the hair completely, but the technique creates a kink which adds back some volume, IYKWIM.

    Merwoman, fab how you're using your new tool! Here are the videos I followed. Although I have far less hair to play with. But I will get there ;)

  • Tanya replied 1 year ago

    Looks very pretty! I will check it out, thank you for the videos.

  • unfrumped replied 1 year ago

    I really like it this way!

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    Very pretty.  I watched a few videos on how to do this.  I haven't tried it yet.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    Looks pretty, Angie!  Gently mid-way between big waves and straight. Emphasizes the lines of the cut, which is interesting. 

    I'll be interested to hear what happens when you go for a walk/ sleep on the waves and/or what difference humidity will make. 

    I got a real surprise on my recent trip to Ontario. I'd forgotten how the humidity affects my hair and WOW, the cut that was brilliant in BC was terrible and difficult to manage in Ontario! I could not believe the difference, really. 

  • Vildy replied 1 year ago

    Gives really nice texture play.

  • replied 1 year ago

    Glorious! Perfect Friday project :)

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    A beachy vibe :)

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Tanya and Style Fan, I think you'll like the effect! Do give it a go.

    Vildy and unfrumped, thanks!

    Rachy, I do enjoy the beach! 

    Nikki, you make me smile :)

    Suz, sooo true about the weather! I bet your hair was wavy in Ontario. How would you have had it cut differently for Ontario? And just went on a very sunny but windy walk with Sam and Jo, and pleased to report that hair is flatter but looks good! I wash and style my hair daily so bed head won't matter ;) 

  • Runcarla replied 1 year ago

    So that’s what it’s called!  

    I’ve been growing out my fringe so hair is all one length in a shortish bob.  With high humidity, I let it curl and wear it up in summer, but I have plans to style it straight in the fall/winter when I’m wearing a hat a lot of the time. 

    I was just trying to explain the style to someone yesterday, without much success, and planned on asking my stylist for a tutorial when I have my next hair appointment. (See inspo pic below.)  I think the trick for the look I want is to straighten the ends, so there is that horizontal wave across the middle.

  • LJP replied 1 year ago

    Cute - I quite like this styling variation ! I have a cut booked for Monday and can’t wait ;).

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Carla, YES. The pic shows flat iron waves. I suspect you'll need to straighten first, and add the wave. I'm curious to hear what your stylist says!

    LJP, thanks! Are you growing areas of your short hair, or going for a trim? Always fab to feel neat and coiffed after a haircut. 

  • replied 1 year ago

    Looks great :) I should try that!

  • Debora replied 1 year ago

    Gorgeous! I’m loving your longer waves. And just look at those beautiful green eyes! :)

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Suntiger, I think you'll like the effect!

    Deb, soooo lovely to see you chime in! Thanks for being gracious as always :)

  • Jenn replied 1 year ago

    Fun and different! One of the joys of longer hair is having a little more ability to play and try out new styling techniques.

  • kkards replied 1 year ago

    Love that you now have options.  Isn’t it amazing what you can learn on line? I love learning thru using seeing & hearing, followed by reading.  It makes it so much easier for me.  Don’t know what we did before YouTube 

  • Helena replied 1 year ago

    Love it!! I love to use a flat iron for waves ... Looks so natural!

  • kellygirl replied 1 year ago

    I use this technique sometimes too. You have done an excellent job! Looks fantastic and natural. Gorgeous as always.

  • merwoman replied 1 year ago

    Thanks for the video links Angie!

  • replied 1 year ago

    Can't be bothered to watch a video, but here are a bunch of different techniques for anyone else who prefers text!

  • Irina replied 1 year ago

    Looks nice, Angie. Have fun playing  )

  • Bijou replied 1 year ago

    This is lovely and so fun to see your different styling options. I agree that the way to get this look, my hairdresser is good at doing this on my hair, is to straighten the hair and then curl the mid section of the hair leaving the ends straight. I find doing the back section of my hair hardest when trying to do this at home.

  • slim cat replied 1 year ago

    Interesting new option - very close to inspiration pic!

  • Karie replied 1 year ago

    Looks pretty- I will have to try it out. My latest haircut is too short (I actually am very unhappy with it) but it it’s long enough to do this maybe that will make me feel better about it.

  • April replied 1 year ago

    Looks so pretty!

    And for Suz and others who live largely without humidity, always remember this: human hair is an excellent hygrometer.

    If you want WAY too much information on this topic, Leonardo Da Vinci made the first (crude) hygrometer in the 1400s, but

    In 1783, Swiss physicist and geologist, Horace Bénédict de Saussure built the first hygrometer using a human hair to measure humidity.

    These are called mechanical hygrometers, based on the principle that organic substances (human hair) contract and expand in response to the relative humidity. The contraction and expansion move a needle gauge.

    They also move one's contentment with one's haircut.  ;)

  • Janet replied 1 year ago

    It’s really cute at this new length, and I like how you’re playing with styling!

    Mine was getting too heavy and long in the top, so I took the razor to it yesterday — I managed to not do too badly at it, and it was behaving a bit better today, even despite the humidity! My hair grows so darn fast — it’s part of why I stopped coloring it.

  • Brooklyn replied 1 year ago

    This looks great. Very pretty textured look. I will give it a go.

    Did you put any product in it afterwards to make it last?

  • Cee replied 1 year ago

    I tried doing that back in the day with a clothes iron... Really sucky timing that the phone rang while I was waiting for it to heat up. 

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    Beautiful hair, I love it in you.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Thanks, everyone! 

    Bijou, yes the back is harder to do.....mine is a bit of a mess, but I will practice.

    Brooklyn, no product afterwards, but spray is a good idea.

    Janet, you are handy with the razor! 

    Irina, Jenn and kkards, soooo much more hair to play with now. Having fun! Good distraction from the heavy world we live in these days....

    Cee, ;)

    Karie, it sucks to be unhappy with a cut. Give it two weeks, and hopefully better!

    Slim Cat, trying to get there! 

    Mirjana, you are lovely.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Helena and Kelly, you rock your flat iron waves!

    Suntiger and April, thanks for the extra info!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    My hair has grown longer during the pandemic.  Isolating now as I was exposed to the latest variant. DDIL who had been staying with us has it and was fully vaxed and is isolating at their home with no drinking water.  This is the fifth day.  

    Anyway I have been pulling my hair back and up for a simple bun for summer.  It is so easy and even works on wet hair.  One pin hold it. 
    Your waves are lovely!

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    April, that made me laugh so hard! Thank you! 

    And Angie, yes, my hair is wavier in Ontario. What happened was that the parts she cuts into wisps (bangs, sideburns) that lie flat in BC wave/ kink up something fierce in Ontario. In Ontario I had a pixie, too, but of course the stylist was cutting within the context so she probably left those end pieces a bit heavier/ chunkier or something. Who knows? Both stylists definitely were of the "work with that is there" philosophy and would sometimes cut dry to see how things would fall out in real life. My hair is a lot easier to manage in BC than it was in Ontario but does not seem as thick. 

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    This looks great Angie! Great inspo for me!!

  • Jaime replied 1 year ago

    Beautiful eyes, beautiful skin, beautiful smile topped by gorgeous hair. What's not to love?

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Oh, Joy. I hope you stay COVID-free. Sending healing thoughts to your tribe. And you have BEAUTIFUL silver hair!

    Suz, I understand EXACTLY what you mean. Also, your fringe was shorter in Ontario to help it mind its manners ;)

    Sal, let us know how your experimentation goes!

    Jaime, oh my word, I'm blushing. Thank you :)

  • gryffin replied 1 year ago

    So pretty and so soft!! Love it on you!! Trying to kill my wave. Will post comparison of new drybar tools fyi

  • Star replied 1 year ago

    I love your natural hair Angie.  My new natural hair is also in much better condition and more soft than it has been in years.  Even though I have always read grey hair can be wiry and dry, quite the contrary for me.  My hubs also loves my natural hair fortunately.  :)  Usually my dyed hair was an absolute frizz-ball mess in humid August and not so now, so happy!  Even though I still get the odd not nice comment from some ladies in my town I love it.  

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Thank you!

    Gryffin, got it :)

    Star, I'm pleased for you! High five to you, hubs, and ignore the silly ladies in your town. ROCK ON.

  • RobinF replied 1 year ago

    Ooh love it! I have tried that technique with mixed success. Sometimes when I run it down my hair it goes completely straight instead of the pretty wave. But the next piece works perfectly. Obviously I am doing something wrong. Yours looks great. 

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    RobinF, thanks! I know what you mean! The same thing happens to me. I need more practice ;)

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 1 year ago

    It looks so pretty, Angie. Like a picture in a hair style magazine! It's nice to have options. I think there is a common misperception that short hair is less versatile than long hair, but I don't find it to be true. I tend to get in the habit of wearing my hair one way, whether it's longer or shorter--haha!

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Sharan, agreed! With a bit of length and styling effort - short hair can be versatile. 

  • Laura replied 1 year ago

    Your experiment is a big success (and Jimi seems to be gazing upon you in approval!). 

  • Aquamarine replied 1 year ago

    Very pretty styling, and I love your natural haircolor. You are so lucky you have no grey yet.

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Laura, good show noticing Jimi ;)

    Thanks, Aquamarine! I wonder for how long.....

  • Inge replied 1 year ago

    Oooh I love it!! It really accentuates the style and you can see even better how much your hair has grown.

    Looking fabulous, my sweet friend!

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Thanks, sweet Inge! FINALLY getting somewhere with the hair project  :) 

  • Jonesy replied 1 year ago

    Fabulous option! Your current cut is so versatile!

  • Angie replied 1 year ago

    Thanks, Jonsey! Fun to have a little more hair to play with. Hope you're all moved in and enjoying your new home :)

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