Use a Curling Iron Like a Pro

Follow this guide to get the perfect curls and beachy waves you want, minus any forehead and ear burns

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Tip No. 4: Loosen up and take it easy

Don’t want your curls to look too structured or princess-y? (Or maybe you want to try something easier.) Follow these steps to get loose waves for a more casual vibe instead.

1. Clip off your dry hair into diagonal sections. This will give hair a softer look when you’re wrapping it around the iron in that direction, says Moticka.

2. Grab a two-inch section of hair and comb through it. Lift up the section from the ends and mist underneath with light-hold hairspray to create lift.

3. Starting from the roots, carefully wrap the section of hair in a spiral direction around the barrel of a 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch iron or a curling stick, pointing the iron downward toward the floor. Let the hair sit on iron for 10 to 20 seconds, holding the ends tightly around the barrel the entire time.

4. Release hair and mist section lightly with hairspray. Continue until your entire head is curled.

5. For softer waves, brush through your curls with a natural bristle brush. To get a piece-y, beachier feel, simply shake out the curls with your hands and mist them with spray gel to add definition.