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Nicole Richie's Hair-Styling Tip: Does It Work?

The new issue of Glamour has a lovely photo shoot with Nicole Richie, but what really caught my eye was a quote from Nicole: "The best tip I ever got from a hair pro was to curl my hair with a flat iron." Say what? On second thought, I felt like I may have witnessed this backstage during Fashion Week, but not in the hands of a mere hair novice like myself.

So I fired up a Linea Pro C2 flat iron, which is about as narrow as the barrel of the curling iron I use, determined to end up with elusive Nicole Richie-looking hair. The first thing I noticed was that having to continue to clamp the flat iron while twisting my hair around it was harder than expected. And the resulting curls can only be described as trapezoid-y, with my strands bent into some very unnaturally sharp angles. While I can see that a stylist trying this in one fluid movement (think of curling ribbon) could work, I just ended up wishing my flat iron was round and had a clamp . . . uh, like a curling iron. Have any of you made this work?


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0037sammie 0037sammie 7 years
Yes, it works. I used this technique back when I had long hair- and I'm far from a hairdresser! Once you get the hang of it, its a doddle =)
annajoan annajoan 7 years
I only use my flat iron to make curls! its really easy once you get the hang of it and the trick is not to get too bigger sections of hair at a time. has good videos of how to get it right.
BalooB BalooB 7 years
I can do all sorts of curls with my GHD. It definitely took a bit of practice though.
0037sammie 0037sammie 7 years
Yes, I do this all the time with my GHD's, it is quick and easy once you have the hang of it =)
jurney jurney 7 years
i've tried this before. it's a bit difficult in the beginning but once you get the hang of it, it's not as bad. this technique really works on my hair better than a regular curling iron. i recommend it for people who have hair that don't hold curls really well (just like mine) and the curls stay on much longer.
JenEliz JenEliz 8 years
I definitely agree with this tip! My best friend and I have been curling our hair this way for years and I love the way my curls turn out. Granted, yes it does take time to perfect this craft, but once you get the hang of it it's easy and useful! Make that straightener worth your money gals...
georgie2 georgie2 8 years
Hehe, I just tried it and it works quite well! I always worried about curling wands, I have to hold it in so long and the heat doesn't seem even with the ends getting too much of it, I feel this is a more even application of heat...
chiquita29 chiquita29 8 years
I watched a tutorial on youtube. The girl made it loos so easy but it didn't really work out for me. I think my flat iron is just to bulky, i'm going to have to get one of the sleeker models and try again.
reactionary reactionary 8 years
my hair is notorious for not holding curls. or anything, really. it's wavy. i curl it, it goes straight. i straighten it, it goes back to wavy. its annoying. when i had my hair curled for a wedding, it fell out within an hour. when my friend curled my hair with a flatiron for a night out, it stayed in all the way through the next afternoon. the first time i tried it myself i burned my fingers at least four times. and again the second time i tried. but now i'm a pro and i can curl my hair in fifteen minutes, and i have long, thick hair. and the curls actually stay in - it's the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me.
portionsforfoxes portionsforfoxes 8 years
I just recently learned how to do this, and there is definitely a lot of technique involved, and it definitely takes practice. I had really good results with using my flat iron, so much so that i tossed my curling iron. I find that the flat iron makes much more natural curls. It doesn't really work if your flat iron is over 1" though...
ckeller825 ckeller825 8 years
Pinky, I do exactly what you described with a curling iron and my hair still freaks. That's why i use a skinny straightener :)
gLam-shortie gLam-shortie 8 years
ohhhh, i LOVEEEE curling my hair with a flat iron! it works so well, and i've actually done them with really wide ones too.... you just gotta get the "feel" of the iron and twist as you pull down on the hair, usually away from your face. it works wonderfully, and it takes waaaay less time than a curling iron, and stays longer. You just have to be careful not to hold the iron in your hair no longer than 3 seconds at each section.... it will damage your hair! yikes. but otherwise, GREAT, fast, hair trick.
ChristinaMUFE ChristinaMUFE 8 years
I do this every day. I love my gHD because I can do curls, beach waves or straighten with it. The beach waves are the most difficult thing to get used to but once you do it a time or two it's pretty easy. Curling irons are not for me. All of my friends ask me to do their hair like that. I do the Vickie's hair with my gHD and it stays a few days like that. Love it.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i think the coolest thing about nicole richie is that her awesome bangs are actually extentions...i always wanted her bangs but there's no way i'm getting hair extensions
ashleygaidhlig ashleygaidhlig 8 years
it definately is hard to get the hang of this, but it does work well! My stylist had to walk me through this a few times
sagittarius sagittarius 8 years
I've done this before a few times but it can be difficult. I hate my having my hair straight but I don't like to use an iron all the time. So what I do is I wash my hair at night and I twist my hair on both sides of my head (starting from the top), put a clip on each side, and braid the rest of my hair. Then in the morning my hair is perfectly wavy. I've told my friends this but they say it never works for them. I think it's important to have a lot of layers and to sleep on it for quite a while. :)
Sugar_girl700 Sugar_girl700 8 years
OMG YES! I would never ever buy a curling iron.. if anything I think its harder using a curling iron more.. I had grown out my hair very long and would loosely curl my hair with my straightener I would get non stop compliments on it even from random people! Its fast and easy once you get the hang of and it is a bit tricky.. but always curl away towards the the back and hold it loose and go a bit faster.. dont clamp it tight and hold it there forever unless you want really tight curls! And after bend over and shake your hair and then come back up and it will look even better with your loose curls falling naturally into place! :)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I curl my hair with my flat iron. It works fabulously. I get long loopy curls that for me last anywhere from a week to two weeks without any maintenance. BTW I only wash my hair once a week but I had to go two weeks w/o washing prior to this week. I had luscious curls for the entire time. I actually tried to brush them out but they wouldn't go.
babygal14 babygal14 8 years
my sister and i went to a hair salon and while the hair stylist was doing her hair i was watching her as she was curling her hair with a flat iron these days flat irons are coming more versatile u can even make ur hair have more volume with a flat iron :)
besi0004 besi0004 8 years
i work at a salon and spa as a receptionist so i see this all the time. in fact most of the stylists do not even work with a curling iron or own one. they just curl it with the flat. and bella you were right comparing it to curling a ribbon. same idea. I do it all the time and the curls come out really perfect so you comb them out with your fingers and they're fab.
acyl acyl 8 years
Sounds great for a special occasion, but yeah, how damaging that must be!
KimBurnett KimBurnett 8 years
Jude C said it first, and I think she's right: beware the heat damage that can occur from trying to make curls with the straightening iron. Better to hit it and quit it.
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