1 Flat Iron, 5 Amazing Looks

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There's a heat-styling tool for every curl pattern we could dream up. However, lucky for those of us with storage space as limited as our budgets, we really only need one: our trusty flat iron.
We were recently converted to this school of thought on the set of a makeup photo shoot, where hairstylist Austin Call from Aveda created crazy-gorgeous zigzag curls with some strategic clamps of his straightener. Watching him do it, we had a feeling that a whole world was about to open up.
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So, we tapped Call to teach us the ways of the flat iron — beyond just straightening. He blew our minds by coming up with five different ways to create super-different styles. From bedhead waves to dread-lock-inspired spirals, we're officially convinced that there's nothing a curling iron can do that a flat iron can't do, too.
Click through to learn the secrets behind the looks.
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The Faux-Marcel Wave
This windblown waviness is an update on the classic 1920s Marcel-style flapper wave — no hot rollers required.
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First, section your hair horizontally from ear to ear.
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Take a horizontal section and straighten a few inches of hair in a bending motion.
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Straighten the next few inches of hair by bending the straightener in the opposite direction.
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Continue this pattern down the strand of hair, turning the straightener 180 degrees every few inches.
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Rake through your fingers to separate out the curls. And, voilà — easy, vintage-inspired locks that look anything but old.
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Peace-Sign Curls
These messy, tousled curls are going to be perfect for our spring-beauty game.

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This look is aptly named: "You literally make a peace sign with your fingers," Call says. "And then wrap your hair around it."
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Pull your fingers out of the hair coil, and squeeze it with a flat iron.
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When the coil cools, that means it's set. Pin it with a bobby pin.
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Repeat the process around your whole head.
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Take out the bobby pins and shake the curls out. "For softer curls, just warm the coils without pinning them," Call says.
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The end result? Coils upon coils of gorgeousness.
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Beachy Dreadlocks
Sure, we all love a good beach wave, but this takes it to the next level. This is more like beach dreads — beachy waves that had a little too much fun in the ocean.
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Begin by tightly twisting a section of hair all the way down.
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Heat the twisted strand in sections with your straightener. When you've heated it enough, it should stay twisted.
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After you've repeated that process on all of your hair, gently loosen the twists with your fingers. For a wet look, work in a high-shine product like Shu Uemura's Touch Of Gloss.
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"It's like post-beach hair," Call says. We couldn't agree more.
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The Zigzag Curl
This is the look that started it all. Check out those rad S-shaped waves! We're obsessed.
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Part your hair from ear to ear, and work through in horizontal sections. Taking the first section, form the hair into an S-shaped bend and clamp the iron on it to set.
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Continue to set bends in the hair, working from top to bottom.
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As you go, your hair will become more and more Medusa-like, in the best way.
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When you've set all the S-shapes, shake it out with your fingers.
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Gently tease the ends with a wide-tooth comb for extra volume.
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"This is definitely sexy hair, in a modern way," Call says. "It feels lived in and real."
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Bedhead Waves
This quick trick is perfect for soft, easy waves that'll have everyone thinking you woke up like this.
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Blowdry your hair roughly, working in a prep product to give it some extra hold, such as Aveda's Pure Abundance Style Prep. "If you have very thick hair, you can add a volumizing gel," Call suggests. Then, divide your hair into two even sections.
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Braid your hair into two braids. Rather than using an elastic at the bottom, give the ends a quick backcomb so they stay in place. As for where to finish the braid? "Depending on where you want the waves, that's where the braids should start and end," Call says.
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Heat the braid by clamping down on it with the flat iron.
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Count to five for each clamp and then move down the hair, making sure you count the same number of seconds for each clamp.
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Rake through the braids with your fingers. "Don't brush it," Call cautions.
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We think this loose curl pattern is perfect. For a tighter wave, try doing four braids.
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