20 Hair Straightener Hacks That Will Turn Your Hair Into Art
  • Use your straightener to create curls

    Use your straightener to create curls

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    Create ringlets, curls, body and plenty of texture with your hair straightener. Who needs curling tongs?

  • Straighten plaits for instant waves

    Straighten plaits for instant waves

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    Apply a little heat from your straighteners down the length of your plaits to create an instant wavy texture. Magic!

  • Create serious, lasting curls with tin foil & your straighteners

    Create serious, lasting curls with tin foil & your straighteners

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    Make sure you use plenty of heat protection spray first to prevent doing undue damage to your lovely locks.

  • Give short hair a flirty flick

    Give short hair a flirty flick

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    Spruce up a short do with a quick, pretty flick. The perfect trick for short hair in need of a little personality. here's how.

  • Create the perfect sweeping side fringe

    Create the perfect sweeping side fringe

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    Wish you had an immaculate, sweeping side fringe with no hint of frizz or cowlick? here's your secret recipe to getting it right...

  • Seal in hair chalk with a blast from your straighteners

    Seal in hair chalk with a blast from your straighteners

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    Trying out a new shade or fancy a temporary colour pop? Seal in short-term hair chalks with heat from your straighteners. Here's how.

  • Use a small toothed comb for super sleek straightening

    Use a small toothed comb for super sleek straightening

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    Iron, comb. Iron & comb. Invest in a comb which can stand up to heat to enjoy a super sleek look.

  • Flip & twist your straightener for vintage-look waves

    Flip & twist your straightener for vintage-look waves

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    This gorgeous tutorial over at refinery29 will show you how it's done.

  • Twist up hair and apply heat for instant messy, chunky curls

    Twist up hair and apply heat for instant messy, chunky curls

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    Great for shorter hair that's harder to curl with tongs or the usual straightener curling technique.

  • Tightly twist & heat to create wild beachy dreads

    Tightly twist & heat to create wild beachy dreads

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    For an arty, eye-catching look and sleek, shimmering coils of hair, this tutorial is hard to beat.

  • Make mermaid curls by tackling your ends

    Make mermaid curls by tackling your ends

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    here's how to get perfect, alluring mermaid curls using your straighteners, thanks a beautiful mess!

  • Straighten wrinkled hair ribbons for immaculate styling

    Straighten wrinkled hair ribbons for immaculate styling

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    Scrunched up hair ribbons? Give them a quick straighten before you use them in your vintage hair look to remove any wrinkles.

  • Clean gunky straighteners on their lowest setting with a dryer sheet

    Clean gunky straighteners on their lowest setting with a dryer sheet

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    A little elbow grease will get your straighteners sparkling in no time. Just make sure you take care of that heat setting.

  • Create the perfect sleek style with a "bend”

    Create the perfect sleek style with a bend

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    For a straight look with a classic curve, it's all in the brushing following the straightening. Here's how to do it yourself.

  • Say yes to "S" shaped straightening for big, beautiful hair

    Say yes to S shaped straightening for big, beautiful hair

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    Use your straighteners to fix hefty, S-shaped curls in your hair for a big, bohemian barnet. Here's how it's done.

  • Say no to split ends by always straightening with a comb

    Say no to split ends by always straightening with a comb

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    If you straighten hair which is bent or creased, it's a recipe for split end agony. Always use a comb and brush in the direction you're straightening to prevent this effect. Find out more about avoiding split ends here.

  • Only straighten natural afro hair sections as wide as your straighteners

    Only straighten natural afro hair sections as wide as your straighteners

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    It takes time, but you'll get a much better effect. Be sure to use plenty of heat protection and give your hair a good, deep condition beforehand to avoid damaging your locks.

  • Create a sleek style that has volume by not straightening your roots

    Create a sleek style that has volume by not straightening your roots

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    It may sound simple but, if you want to keep volume in your straightened hair, leave as much of your roots untouched as possible for maximum uplift.

  • Use the "chase" method to minimise heat damage while straightening

    Use the chase method to minimise heat damage while straightening

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    The more times you go over the same piece of hair with your straighteners, the more damage you do. Run a comb through a “pulled tight” section of hair, with your straighteners chasing right behind the comb. This will ensure you only have to straighten each section once.

  • Never go above 400 degrees to avoid frazzle

    Never go above 400 degrees to avoid frazzle

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    Hate frazzled hair? Turn down the heat on your straighteners to around 150-180°C and make sure you never straighten more than 3 times a week to give your hair a well-deserved holiday.

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