As with all heat tools, there are certain things you can do with your curling iron to maximize results for a runway-worthy hairstyle. So, what are they?
1/ Detangle before you begin
It may seem unimportant, but clearing your mane of any knots and tangles before you begin will make the styling process ten times easier. Working with knotted tresses will only slow you down and probably result in some painful hair pulling.
2/ Curl in the right direction
When working on the sections of hair nearest your face, always roll the iron out towards your ears. This will create a subtly blown back look that won't look over-styled like ringlets tend to. When working on the rest of your hair, try to alternate between clockwise and anti-clockwise when curling each individual piece of hair.
3/ Only curl where necessary
For the most natural-looking finish, don't curl the very ends of your hair. Leave the last inch or so loose while working on each individual piece to avoid strange curves or awkward zigzags. Similarly, if you want flowing mermaid waves, only curl the mid-lengths and ends, leaving the top third of your hair alone.
4/ Always use protection
If you curl your hair regularly, it can be all too easy to end up with split or broken strands due to heat damage. To help prevent this from happening, always apply a heat protectant like Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray evenly throughout before you even switch on your curling iron!
5/ Comb, don't brush
Whenever you can, try to avoid brushing your curls after styling, unless you want a smooth, wavy cascade of hair. If you absolutely have to tame your locks, however, use a wide-tooth comb, then shake your fingers through your hair afterwards to keep the waves looking as natural as possible.