1 Curling Iron, 5 Gorgeous DIY 'Dos

Remember that juicer you bought that was full of promise to turn you into a green-juice machine? Or, the yoga mat that was going to make you bend in wonderfully impossible ways and instead has been sitting in a sad corner gathering dust? If your curling iron is the latest to join your Never Been Used purchases, you're not alone.
Even though we all may own a curling iron, it seems only a few of the hairstyling elite actually know how to use it. So, we reached out to celebrity hairstylist Adam Maclay from the Patrick Melville Salon. If you think your one-inch barrel is good only for those Kardashian curls of yore, think again. Maclay shows us how to use a curling iron to create five totally different looks. From ropey textures to braids cascading into waves, see how to put your curling iron to WERK. It's time to pull that iron out of retirement. As for your juicer, we hear apples go very well with celery.
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The '40s Are Back — And Prettier Than Ever

Have you ever looked at people with uniform vintage waves and wondered what kind of dark magic you needed to get hair to look that good? Well, we've figured it out. Turns out, all you need is a sturdy curling iron and a brush.

Osklen top.
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Start by separating the top two-thirds of your hair out of the way.
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Pin it down, baby.
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Okay, it's time to bring out that wand. Maclay likes Hot Tools Gold Curling Iron 1-inch Barrel, but your good ol' Conair works in a pinch, which is what we used here.
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Then, it's time to "flat curl" your hair, which means you're going to hold the curling iron horizontally. Take 1/2-inch horizontal sections of hair and lay them flat on the barrel of your curling iron as you wrap. Continue throughout your hair.
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Here's the fun part: When you're done curling, take a paddle brush and brush all your curls together to make a uniform shape. Maclay likes the Mason Pearson brush, which mixes boar bristles with plastic to help maintain the integrity of the curl.
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And, just like that, you have hair that would make Veronica Lake cry. Magical.
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All Tied Up

Let's be real. If we're spending the time to curl our tresses, we're not washing out those amazing bouncy curls until they start to get funky. (Yes, we have issues.) If you're looking for the perfect hairstyle to turn those two-day (or four-day) curls into something amazing, you can skip the curling portion of this tutorial.

Osklen turtleneck.
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If you're starting with clean, straight hair, you'll want to create the waves that you get after your curls have loosened a bit. Starting from the nape of your neck, wrap a 1-inch section of hair around the base of the iron under the clamp, then wrap the rest of the hair shaft over the clamp. Make sure to keep your clamp open, which effectively transforms your 1-inch barrel into a 2-inch for big, soft waves. Ta-da.
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Continue curling around your head to create the body you need for the next step.
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Section a 1-inch horizontal part from the nape of your neck, and split it in half.
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Then, tie the two parts together into a knot.
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Keep tying knots until you reach the ends of the hair. It'll take up to two or three ties depending on how long your hair is.
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Once you've reached the end of your hair, roll it up, and pin it down.
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Keep knotting 1-inch sections of hair, then pin them down until you've covered the back of your head. Make sure to keep your front side layers out for the next step.
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Take the left, front section of hair and tie it into knots — these will be bigger since the section of hair is larger.
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Leave the other side of your hair out and curled to frame your face.
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Ravishing! Nobody would guess you're hiding unwashed hair with this chic undone updo.
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Get Twisted

Some days call for Kardashian waves, and some days ask for, nay, demand something different. For the days when you wake up in the morning feeling everything but basic, this ropey curl is your new go-to.

Wonhundred Graphic Tank.
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Grab a horizontal 1-inch section of hair and twist.
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Holding your barrel vertically, wrap the twisted hair around the barrel. "It's twisted on itself and then curled, which creates a ropey texture," says Maclay. "I love texture."
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As you go higher up, pull thinner sections of hair to vary the texture of the same curl.
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When you're done twisting and curling, start twisting your hair from behind your right ear and along the nape of your neck.
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Tuck the end of the twist under the rest of your hair.
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Done and done.
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Beachy Waves For Days

We don't know about you, but we never tire of beachy, rolled-out-of-bed-looking-ravishing waves. Ready to get yours?

Theory top.
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We're not parting the waves this time. Begin by picking pieces of hair in the front, and wrap them around the barrel for just a few seconds.
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Then, start picking up sections of hair throughout the top layer to curl. We're just adding texture here, not full-blown waves. "Because, some days it's not about overdoing it," says Maclay.
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Spritz a salt spray, like Kérastase Spray À Porter Tousled Effect Spray, throughout your hair to add body,
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After curling and spritzing, scrunch your hair for that disheveled look.
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Ooh, baby. Have you seen a more come-on 'do?
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Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls — Or, In This Case, Do

These pretty waves are everything, but just wait 'til you see the waterfall braid action happening on the side.

Avelon top.
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You're familiar with this: Section the top half of your hair out of the way.
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Take 1/2-inch horizontal sections and lay them flat on the barrel of your curling iron as you wrap.
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Once you've finished your lower half, release the top sections and continue to curl. Make sure that you hold each curl in the barrel for five to 10 seconds, depending on your hair texture. Oh, and BTW, do not exceed 385 degrees. You should only jack it up if you're in a rush and it's a one-time deal. But, if you're curling your hair every day, "you want to go low and slow," says Maclay.
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Shake it loose!
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All right, it's time to start your waterfall braid. Grab the front section, next to your part, and begin a French braid. Before picking up a new section of hair by your part, drop one of the sections to create the illusion of a "waterfall."
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Just in case you didn't get it the first time, you want to let go of the section of hair on every second turn before picking up a new strand along your part. This braid helps open up your face so that you don't have a heavy curtain of curls on either side.
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When you get to the back of your head, pin the ends of the braid in.
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The waves add another layer of dimension to the waterfall braid. Finish it off with NARS Lipstick in Schiap, and you're ready to stun.
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