The love we have for our curling irons is similar to that of a dear, childhood friend—even if you lose touch for days (or months, years), it’s still comforting to know that they’ll always be there, ready to come to your rescue at a moment’s notice. Which is why, when you do decide to yield the powerful tool, you should make sure you’re using it correctly—which, as it turns out, many people are not. Ready for a wake-up call? From the way you’re curling to your lax cleansing habits, keep scrolling for the six most common curling iron mistakes!
Curling iron clamps are so yesterday—there’s really no need to clamp the ends of your hair and then roll the iron up your hair shaft, unless you’re going for super-curled glamour waves. Instead, wrap your hair around the barrel of your curling iron, leaving the ends hang out for a fresh, modern beachy look. Or if you insist on using a clamp, start at the lower third of your hair instead of the very bottom.
Just like makeup brushes, your curling iron should be cleaned routinely—otherwise, the product buildup and residue can prevent the heat from distributing evenly when you try to use it. The easiest way to clean your curling iron is to pour a bit of rubbing alcohol on a damp cloth or cotton ball and rub it gently over the barrel (obviously when it’s off). If there’s stubborn buildup that isn’t budging, you can give it a swipe with a toothbrush, too.
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