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How-To: Loose Waves with a Curling Iron


Article by Hayley Hyer

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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!

While there are tons of hair tutorials out there on different ways to curl your hair, one small detail that always seems to be missing is how to actually use the curling iron. For example, the way you hold the curling iron and which way you turn it is very important when curling your hair. And it’s not as intuitive as you may have thought. So once you choose the right curling iron for your hair length, follow this guide below to create classic, natural-looking waves. I’m using a 1 1/4 inch curling iron for this tutorial.

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