How to Make S-Waves With a Flat Iron

Flat Iron, S-Waves

How to: Flat Iron, S-Waves

Using a styling or flat iron to make waves can seem intimidating, but it’s actually not that difficult. The S-wave is a timeless style, inspired by vintage Hollywood glamour, and it's easy to achieve yourself at home. S-waves frame your face for an effortlessly chic look that you can dress up for the evening or keep casual during the day.

Below are tips on the best type of flat iron to use for S-waves, advice on how to care for your hair to get the shiniest waves, and a step-by-step tutorial.

What Is an S-Wave?

The S-wave is a large, loose wave that looks stunning on all hair types and face shapes. Undone waves are the epitome of casual elegance, and can glam up jeans and a Tee-shirt or complement a formal evening gown.

To achieve this look, make sure your hair is healthy and you use the right tools.

Why Use a Vibrating Flat Iron?

When styling S-waves, the flat iron you use can make all the difference. Irons with vibrating plates maximize surface contact and evenly distribute heat for smoother, more manageable waves. The combination of vibration and heat decreases style time while increasing the amount of time your S-waves last.

Other benefits of vibrating flat irons include:

  • You can achieve S-waves with fewer strokes, which minimizes heat damage
  • Vibration helps the flat iron glide smoothly through all hair types
  • The finished look is shiny, supple-looking S-waves

What's more, ceramic plates heat up faster, distribute heat more evenly, and reduce damage caused. The best type of flat iron for styling wavy hair should have ceramic technology and have vibrating plates—like the 10X Styling Iron.

Are Ceramic Straighteners Better for Flat Iron S-Waves?

Yes, they are! One of the most essential components of stunning S-waves is glossy, shiny hair. Ceramic hair straighteners can help prevent dullness and dryness caused by using the wrong tools for S-shaped waves.

Additionally, ceramic plates have a negative charge, which counteracts heat, sealing the hair follicles and locking more moisture in than a metal flat iron can. Metal is positively charged, which is why old-fashioned hair straighteners could leave you with frazzled S-waves.

Keep in mind: No matter how good your flat iron is, it's still important you have a quality hair care routine. Maintaining healthy hair is the best way to guarantee perfectly finished S-waves.

How to Keep Hair Shiny

The health of your hair is a key component of styling the perfect S-waves. Think of your hair as a blank canvas, and the flat iron as your paint brush. To get the ideal finish, your hair should be nourished and prepped for beautiful waves.

Below is some expert advice on how to keep your hair looking its best:

  • Do a treatment once a week: Give your hair some regular TLC by using a clarifying shampoo (to remove build-up) and a deep conditioning treatment.
  • Rinse with cold water: Heat opens the hair follicles, while cold closes them, so rinsing with cool water results in the shiniest S-waves.
  • Brush with boar bristles: Boar bristles are extra gentle on hair, tugging less and causing minimal breakages. Consider using a nylon/boar bristle mix like that found in the Graphene MX Boar Styling Brush.
  • Use a satin or silk pillowcase: Standard pillowcases can be rough on hair, rubbing strands cause friction which can lead to frizz and breakage. Silk and satin are kinder to hair and help your S-waves last longer.
  • Eat foods that nourish hair: Healthy fats are vital for high-shine hair. Olives, avocados, fish, nuts, and eggs are not only great for your body, but also your hair.
  • Be sensible with heat styling: Heat is the best way to style hair, but older technology can be harsh and cause damage. Our proprietary Bio Ionic Moisturizing Heat™ Technology infuses moisture back into strands as you style to seal the cuticle for sleek, smooth strands.
  • Avoid heavy conditioner: Heavy conditioner can weigh down your hair and cause your S-waves to fall flat. Use lightweight products to keep hair bouncy and retain your style longer.

Now you know how to prepare your hair, let's dive into how to make S-waves with a flat iron.

Tools You'll Need for Dazzling S-Waves

Creating S-waves takes a little practice, but it’s one of the quickest and easiest ways to add movement to hair. Tools you'll need include:

Step 1: Section Your Hair

Take a 2- to 3-inch portion of hair to wave, and clip the rest out of the way.

Flat Iron, S-Waves Step 1

Step 2: Making Waves

Instead of gliding the flat iron along the hair, gently clamp down to lock in the wave. Use your fingers to form each S-shape as you go.

Flat Iron, S-Waves Step 2

Step 3: Frame Your Face

Start two inches away from your roots and press down the S-shape bend with the iron. Repeat the above steps with each section of hair.

Flat Iron, S-Waves Step 3

Step 4: Separate Sections

If you're only looking to add S-waves to the front section, use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to blend the waves in with the rest of your hair.

Flat Iron, S-Waves Step 4

Step 5: Finishing Shine

Consider using a smoothing cream like the 2-in-1 Style & Shine Cream to boost shine.

Flat Iron, S-Waves Step 5

S-waves are just one on-trend look to add to your roster of styles. Looking for more inspiration? We've got more great looks for you to try here.

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