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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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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? It's really nice that your mother supports it, that always helps!! I'm glad that your family enjoys his company as well. Being 16 while he's 20 is alright. It's a slight odd age gap. But, I think as long as you both are ready, it's alright. Make sure you're mature and safe with your choices though. Personally, I think you should wait until you're closer to at least, 17. But, as long as you two are smart about what you're doing, it should be alright when it come around to it.
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"Shygirl15" wrote:I really like this boy in my second period class but i dont know how to tell him because he knows that im transgender do whatever makes you feel comfortable or just wing it and tell him and if he tells you something because you're trans forget about him! He doesn't deserve you. But it's totally okay if you want to play it safe and not go up to him. You do you. :3 
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"SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? i suggest you wait i mean you are going to be 16 that's way too young to be dating someone who is 4/5 years older than you,no? You can still talk to him when it comes to your anxiety attacks and all of that because I have those too every night so I know how it feels, but maybe you should wait. But at the end of the day it's your decision I'm just here to give advice 
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SatanslilDemon
Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice???
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I feel like that too. My best friend will always hang out with her 'new friends' that I have a really bad opinion about. My friend will treat me rudely all the time and sometimes make fun of me with her friends. But, when I needed her the most in my life, she was there for me, and I told her how I felt. She says that she just wants to hang out with more people and apologized, people can be a little teasy at times.  Also, after seeing each other for a long time, people make new friends and start hanging out with them more, it doesn't mean that she doesn't like you.  This may be different for you, but just tell her about it, she will have to know you feelings at one point.  Hope I helped you. 
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