Create Fingerwaves, Spirals/Coils and Undulations With a Flatiron

By Lauren Salapatek | 02/25/2013 3:11:00 PM


So often, stylists try to duplicate looks seen on the Red Carpet without realizing the most important aspect is the preparation of the strands before forming it into a style. In this how-to, offered by Celebrity Stylist Edward Teitel, you will learn to create these Red Carpet Textures using a flatiron: Fingerwaves, Spirals, Ribbons and Coils, and Undulations. Teitel recommends doing a treatment before styling the hair for a special occassion--like the Olez O2 Detox Treatment or Essence of Youth Treatment, which is like Botox for the hair. (For more information on these treatments visit

To create soft, random fingerwaves use a flatiron. Always keeping the iron pointed up and altering from one side to the other as you rotate the iron to achive the desired wave. Grab the hair that's just been waved and swing the iron in the opposite direction and rotate.

To create spirals, wrap the entire strand from ends to roots as if you do a pincurl, then heat for a few seconds.

Place iron at base and rotate upwards until the iron is parallel to the head. Keep iron close to head and slide down the strand with the iron plate perpendicular to the head.

With the strand held at 90-degrees away from the head, rotate a section 180-degrees one way, then 180-degrees the other way. May be done flat or diagonally to create undulating waves.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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