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Make the most of your flat iron: 3 alternative uses

/ 09.03.2014
Behold, the omnipotent wonder that is the flat iron...
Behold, the omnipotent wonder that is the flat iron...

Flat irons are one of those misunderstood styling tools that actually have more than one purpose, because they don't like to boast about it. They can multitask in ways you never imagined (or read about on the box) to give you a whole bunch of styling options you may not have considered before... because you didn't know you had the perfect tool to achieve them with! So, what hidden talents is your flat iron hiding up it's ceramic sleeves?

1. Curls

Yes, that's right, a tool designed for straightening can also be used to do the exact opposite. There are a couple of ways to do this, but one of the easiest has to be ironing loose braids.

How to style: Spray dry hair evenly throughout with L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray then section into large pieces, about 2" thick. Loosely braid each one then flat iron all the way down. Leave the hair braided while it cools then shake it all out after a couple of minutes. Spritz with some salt spray or scrunch some gum through the ends to finish.

2. Fake a blowout

You know those big bouncy waves that perfect boardroom-y people and red carpet regulars always have? Well, you can fake 'em with a flat iron, no professional stylist necessary. Seriously. Whether you want to get large curls or just a little extra movement at the ends, it can all be done with this one magical unicorn of a heat tool. You need never wrangle with a round brush again... unless you want to.

How to style: Spray your hair with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray then, working in 2" sections, clamp the iron near the top and twist it out at a 90° angle as you glide it downward. To curl the ends, just start lower down. Mist with Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray to set your style when you're done.

3. Side sweep

It's no secret that a deep side part can change up your whole style with little to no effort. To get a polished "I totally did this deliberately" look, you can use your flat iron to really smooth your strands into the desired shape.

How to style: After applying a heat protectant, clamp the hair near your hairline then gently pull it through to one side.

Do you have any other secret styling methods/alternative uses for your flat iron?

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