How do you get flips when straightening?

Is it a special cut that enables you to get flips on the ends of your hair when straightening?

I have medium layers AND a narrow flat iron with the curved sides & thought both these things would do it.

I just flip with the iron when I get to the end, in whichever direction I want it to flip. If I want a bigger flip I use a barrel curling iron on the end.

Oh, and I don't have a special haircut...I just get my ends trimmed occasionally.
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pw - jack

Going natural for the summer...just a dab of ArcAngell!
You could try using a round brush to blow dry and make sure that you roll your hair up at the ends rather than down, if that makes sense. Wrap the hair around the barrel of the brush, apply heat, and then wait for the hair to cool a bit and set before removing the brush.
pw: curlie
I haven't blown dry it straight in forever it seems. I just use either of my two flat irons (wide with removable brush or comb attachment or narrow with curved edges/sides).

I've tried giving it a
flip with the iron when I get to the end, in whichever direction I want it to flip
& it won't work.

I can get it to flip if I
use a barrel curling iron on the end
. It has to be the 1.5" barrel iron though.

I just didn't want to bother with one round & one flat iron, especially since my stylist suggested I buy & use a narrow flat iron to get closer to the roots (which I can with my wide iron) with curved edges/sides to give it flips. Shoot, why did I even buy the darn thing if I still have to use two irons?! *SIGH*
The true flip requires a special cut, sort of like very subtle layers in which the top one is the shortest, so it may sort of work for people with long layers and hair that is not too thick.

If all you want a curling iron for is to shape a flip I'd just go to a thrift shop and get one for $2-3, just clean it up with 90% isopropyl alcohol or a household disinfectant and you're good to go. Or join www.freecycle.com and ask for one, I gave away several thermal tools when I moved, I'm sure someone has one they don't want hiding in some drawer.
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HWHC,

I have too many round curling irons already! Let me think... a 1.5", 3/4" (I think) & a teeny one, probably 1/4" diameter.
Oh Heavens, I misinterpreted what you wrote, never mind!
2A/3A, medium length, layered, colored dark/medium ash blonde - "CGer" since April '02.

"Converting the 'curlskeptics' one curly head at a time..." HWHC
I wore my hair like that for about a year and never used a curling iron. I wiped my hand over the surface of Citre Shine's pomade (Texture Play I think it's called...ironically CG though I knew nothing of CG at the time) so my fingers were shiny and then shaped the ends of my hair just after blowing it dry (while still warm). I used a motion with my hands similar to the one made to symbolize talking (thumb under rest of fingers together and both sides moving to meet each other) with my hand in the middle.
Laurabeth,

Aren't you lucky to be able to do it that easily!

I tried again with the curved edges/sides skinny flat iron after getting the first two replies & I got just a teeny bit of flip. When I tried harder I got a bend!

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