Whether you do it every morning (beware: heat damage) or for special occasions (See: Elsa Hosk), you've most likely solidified a routine. That's great for efficiency, as it can take some time, but you might be missing out on a range of styles. The temperature, angle of the tool and size of the barrel play major roles in the resulting curl pattern. With the curling iron's versatility, how do you know which setting is the best for your hair or desired style?
Enter Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist and the creator of the Beachwaver. Whether she's accompanying Lea Michele on the red carpet or working backstage of the Victoria Secret Angels show, this beauty pro knows how to achieve the perfect spirals. Her first tip: Use heat protectant.
Next up, use the size of the rod and angle at which you hold the tool to achieve your desired curl pattern.
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Don't have a curling iron? This style can also be achieved with a flat iron.
Per Tina Lawson, hairstylist and mom to Beyoncé and Solange Knowles, this is the answer to a "naturally curly" look. If you've gone natural, like Tina Kunakey Di Vita at the Cannes Film Festival, but your curls have been exposed to high winds or humidity, a curling iron with a small rod is the perfect quick fix.
Pro tip: "If you have color-treated hair, the cuticle is more open and the internals of your hair strands are more exposed so they actually curl easier and don't need as much heat!"