1. Choose the right type of curling iron for your needs.
FYI, curling wand lovers: Wands come in the same materials.
7. Instead of clipping your hair to the end and spinning the iron up, clip in closer to the roots and twirl your hair through the clamp.
When you start by clipping the end, the piece of clamped hair stays under the heat the longest, which not only crimps it awkwardly, but could be damaging.
13. Slide your hair off the wand/out of the clip into your hand to allow the curl to cool before dropping.
Don’t drag your curl downward with the clip or let it fall off the wand before letting it cool in your hand. This will allow your curl to set, resulting in longer-lasting curls.
20. To clean all of the built-up product on your curling iron, heat it until warm and rub clean with a wet cloth.
Clean your iron regularly to keep it working to the best of its ability. For a deeper clean, try a bit of rubbing alcohol mixed with water (only if the iron is completely cooled, as rubbing alcohol is highly flammable), or a styling iron cleaner.
21. NEVER run a hot iron under cold water to cool it down or you could damage the springs.
If you’re in a rush to pack your iron or put it away neatly, grab a cooling bag, which can be used for any hot styling tool.
On a budget? Use a pot holder — it does the same job!
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