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How to Use a Curling Iron

Curling irons can make your hair curly, wavy, flipped up, flipped under, flipped forward or flipped back. Of course, when used improperly, they can also burn your hands, your neck and face, your hair and the surfaces you put them on, so it's important to use them correctly.

Get the Most from your Tools

Start with clean, dry hair. If your hair tends to get frizzy, apply a small amount of leave-in conditioner or Moroccan Oil to the middle of hair and ends before styling. If your hair is hard to style or doesn't hold curl for long, apply an alcohol-free styling gel. Keep oils away from your scalp -- your skin will provide scalp oil naturally!

When using a curling iron with multiple heat settings, always use the lowest heat setting you need to curl your hair. Anything hotter won't give you more curl and it may burn your hair.

Wait for the iron to heat up fully before styling or you'll end up redoing the curls you created when you started with a cool iron.

How to Curl Hair

Starting at the back of your hair, pin up the top half of your hair. Work in 1" sections starting at the back of your neck, then letting down layers as you finish each section. Open the curling iron and place a 1" section of hair inside the clamp. Gently pull the iron down until the clamp is holding the end of your hair. Roll the barrel up for flipped up curls or down for flipped under curls. Hold for a second, then open the clamp and slide the hair out of the iron without pulling the curl.

For the most natural look, wrap hair around the curling iron in alternating directions as you go from section to section. For tighter, bouncier curls, wrap less hair. For looser, free flowing curls, wrap more hair. To set the curl, do not comb or brush hair until it cools.

Finish your style and control frizz with a light hairspray.

Safety First

If you're using an electric heat appliance and you're a teen or tween, you need to get a parent's permission before using it. When using any equipment that you plug in, keep it away from the sink, shower, tub, or any water. When using a hot appliance, never touch the metal, even if it is off, as you could burn your skin. and keep the hot metal away from your forehead and neck. Most burns occur when doing bangs or the short hairs at the back of the neck!

To keep hair from getting fried, use hairspray and other alcohol-based styling tools after heat styling.

Have Your Say

Do you use a curling iron or other styling tool? What's your favorite way to style your hair? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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JazzyRox posted in Family Issues:
hi! this is "blonde"! i dont really care about this post and its not that offensive to me! i am trying to care about what others think and TBH i do....untill it comes to electronics...idk why but i dont really do well without electronics. i have good habits that include waiting untill 3:00 PM to get on screens and getting chores done before i get on screens, im much more...well....social than my sister (ill just call her "Red" xD) Red. plus im only 10. i probably will get better at habits when im older. P.S wow rainbowpoptart i dont think our pics are exactly the same xD
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Your style is simply whatever you want to wear! Just wear whatever feels comfortable, or whatever you think looks good, and it is your style (: It doesn't matter if it's not entirely individual and unique, as long as it's what you feel happy wearing.
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I love both my parents equally, but I prefer to spend time with my dad. My father works abroad so I see him a lot less than my mother, but it means that when I see him it feels more special :3 
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Kirsti posted in Family Issues:
To be honest, this is probably just something you have to bear. I know that sometimes relatives can be irritating, but they only visit often because they care about you and want to see you (: Unless there is a real reason you don't want them to visit - for example, if they are unkind to you - then you should just endure it.  Or you could mention it to your parents and see if they can sort it out? This is something lots of kids have to deal with, me included, and it's just part of life! You are lucky to have grandparents who care about you so much c:
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