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Finally Master These 5 Hair Tools


Article by Hayley Hyer

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You know that weird hair tool you have that you never figured out how to use? Well, now you finally have the time to learn! Use this extra time at home while you don't have to see anyone or impress anyone to play around with the hair gadgets you never touch. Maybe you'll find a new favorite once you get the hang of it! These five tutorials will make any of your hair challenges easy in no time.

1. How to Use a Curling Wand

We all have that hair tool that we never use, right? Maybe you got it as a gift or bought one because your friend or hairdresser used it. But once you tried to use it for yourself, everything was wonky, and you put it in a drawer never to be seen again. Sound familiar? That's how I was with curling wands. I liked my curling irons that had clamps so much better and never really understood the wand. That is, until I read How to Use a Curling Wand by Amanda Holstein. Allow her to teach you how to use your curling wand with this step-by-step guide!

2. How to Get Natural Looking Tight Curls

When it comes to hair, it seems like we always want what we don't have. As a kid, I made my mom spend hours putting foam curlers in my super fine, straight hair before I went to sleep so that I could wake up looking like Shirley Temple. As I got older, my hair thickened, and now I have a natural wave pattern. And of course, now I covet smooth, straight hair!

If you have straight or wavy hair, and you're dying for voluminous, tight curls, you don't have to get out your mother's foam rollers. Try this tutorial, How to Get Natural Looking Tight Curls, by Luxy Hair that uses a 1/4-inch curling wand to get natural looking curly tresses.

3. Finally Learn How to Do a Blowout

Blowout bars are all the rage right now—but during times of social distancing, also sadly closed. But you don't have to give up your soft, smooth hairstyles that last for days just because you're stuck at home. Learn how to do a blowout yourself with these three guides from the professionals!

4. How To: Curl Hair with a Straightener

I've been in an exclusive relationship with my clamp curling iron for quite some time now, but I am learning that it's good to branch out and see other hair tools! If you've always seen these beautiful waves on models and wondered why you keep getting the exact same curl pattern with your trusty curling iron, it's because they're not even using a curling iron at all. They're using straighteners! Now, I know a lot of people have already figured out how to curl their hair with a straightener and do it all the time. But for those of us who are slow learners, here is a guide from Cosmopolitan called How to Curl Your Hair With a Straightener that will walk you through it step by step. Mermaid hair is just 7 easy steps away!

5. How-To: Loose Waves with a Curling Iron

Different sizes of curling irons can help you do drastically different hairstyles. My personal favorite size is a 1 1/4-inch barrel because you can curl larger sections of hair at once and go through your whole head fairly quickly. It creates loose, casual waves that give you a put-together look without trying too hard. And the curls stay a little bit longer than if you used an even bigger size like a 2-inch curling iron. If you've never used a curling iron this size before or just need some tips on curling in general, How to Use a Curling Iron by Amanda Holstein will help!

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