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21 Extremely Useful Curling Iron Tricks Everyone Should Know

Avoid throwing your curling iron across the room in frustration with these helpful tips. Seriously, don't throw hot things, it's dangerous.

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2. For tighter curls, a small-barreled iron is your best bet. For looser waves, try a large-barreled iron.

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If using tapered wands, the large end works best for loose, relaxed curls, while the smaller tip works for tight, springy curls.

5. Use these helpful guidelines to figure out how to achieve your perfect curl.

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Are you looking to be a VS Angel, Little Mermaid, or Shirley Temple with those curlycues?

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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.

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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.

9. Curl your hair in the direction away from your face on either side for a more natural, voluminous look.

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This means curling your hair in a clockwise direction on the right side of your head, and counterclockwise on the left.

10. The closer to the root you start the curl, the longer your curl will last.

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Lock in your ends last to keep the most heat at the top of the curl, prolonging its life and making it look longer.

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11. For fine, thin, or color-treated hair, set the heat below 200 degrees Fahrenheit, and between 200-300 degrees for coarse, thick hair.

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Never go above 400 degrees Fahrenheit unless you want to experiment with burnt layers.

12. To make the most of your curling iron's abilities, dry your hair according to the curls you want.

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Drying methods help your curling iron do its job while also making you happy aka not throwing your iron across the room.

13. Slide your hair off the wand/out of the clip into your hand to allow the curl to cool before dropping.

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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.

14. Go a step further and clip your curls straight off the barrel in coils on the top of your head so they can fully cool.

15. While running the iron through your hair, hold your iron vertically for looser curls, and horizontally for bouncier, tighter curls.

Tips for vertical curling: Pull the iron downward for a flatter curl; pull it up and away from your head for more volume.

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18. When using a curling wand, turning it upside-down allows you to start curling your roots on the larger end of the wand.

19. To curl bangs, wrap the hair away from your face and pull the curl out toward the back of your head.

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Pulling the curl backwards gives you that flawless side-swept, voluminous fringe.

20. To clean all of the built-up product on your curling iron, heat it until warm and rub clean with a wet cloth.

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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.

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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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