Glassy bobs, curtain bangs and beach waves – we’re looking at you.
With hot weather on the horizon, hot girl season is quickly approaching and this is the perfect time to see all the latest hair trends – from glass bobs to curtain bangs, beach waves. Celebrity Hair Stylists and Hot Tools® Professional Black Gold Ambassador Kirsten Klontz says that all you need is a tool to achieve these looks and this is what she uses on her list clients such as Kristin Cavalry, Jessie Reese and Brooke Lynn Heights. And since we still can’t get our own salons (thanks, pandemic), we * literally * need * to unearth her secrets to get her salon-level styling results at home. Sat down with #FashionForAll Beauty Award Winner Flat iron which is always in his pro kit. (Full disclosure: I was a member of the judges panel for the awards).
You have probably used a ton of flat irons in your career. Who is your favorite
The Hot Tools Professional® The Black Gold Evolve 1 ”Flat Iron is one of my kits as it is the most versatile for a wide range of customers. It’s got curved edges so I can straighten or curl it, the shape is easy to handle, and has a soft, non-slip grip. The plates transmit with a ceramic micro shine, so it gives a really nice, shiny shine, and it won’t hold on to the cuticle, so you won’t get any “drag” as it flows through the hair. Also, titanium plates won’t chip, which is important when I’ve got them for 10-hour shoots, and I’m constantly dropping them on the cement floor!
There has been a lot of talk about the return of Y2K fashion, channeling pop princesses like Christina Aguilera. What is your # 1 tip for getting that iconic, stick-straight hair?
He was in my early twenties! Do not try to straighten it all at once – it is important to section your hair. I like to start at the bottom and work in my own way, working in pieces of one inch. That would produce that root-to-end look with a glossy finish.
What if you have wavy or curly hair?
Start manufacturing in smoothing products while it is still wet. Blow it first, using heat and tension to help stretch the hair. I love the one-step hair dryer with hot tool round brush® Professional Black Gold Series- You can get large sections of hair and get it really, really fast. And then go over it with your flat iron overtop to give it a high-gloss finish.
What temperature would you recommend for fine hair vs. thick hair, so that you don’t fry it?
Prepare with a heat-protective spray to help avoid damage. I would start at around 325 degrees for fine hair, while thicker hair can accommodate higher heat. If you see steam coming out of your hair, then turn it off until you see it.
What is a pro hack for flyaways?
If I’m working on a cover shoot and this part is to be super sharp around the line, I’ll use a little hairspray and then take a curling iron and hold the flyway down, as close to the root as possible, so She is lying.
Another popular epidemic style has been curtain bangs. Would you use a flat iron for that?
Yes! The bangs are the key to the curtain that they come forward and then kick back around their temple area to frame the eyes. Starting at the root, you simply tilt the hair to where you want it to go, and then tap the flat iron on the bottom, then bend the section the other way and tap to lock into the “S” shape . Repeat on both sides of your face, and then brush it.
And you can use a flat iron to get beach waves?
People are always surprised at how easy it really is. Grab a wide section, then start at the root and while holding the flat iron horizontally, move the flat iron a few inches down and jerk your wrist upward; Hold; Go down a few inches and inflate your wrists downward; Hold and repeat that pattern until you reach the bottom. Finish with a beach spray. There is a lot you can do with a hot iron, you just need to know the techniques.
Klontz’s beloved Hot Tools Professional Black Gold Evolve was the winner in 1 ”Flat Iron Fashion’s 20th Annual #BeautyForAll Awards. Out of hundreds of entries, the 72 winning products were chosen among six gender-neutral categories: hair care, body care, skincare, fragrance, clean and cosmetics. The winners were selected by a panel of judges led by fashion beauty director Natasha Boateng.