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We don't all have a beauty arsenal at our homes, so as fun as some styles may seem in magazines, the truth of the matter is, most of us don't have all the styling tools we needed to pull off the looks. If all you've got is a 1.5-inch curling iron, learn how to use it to create tons of fab styles.
You'd think a 1.5-inch curling iron would result only in tight curls, but that's not true. Try soft, romantic curls to get the most out of your iron. Add volumizing spray to damp hair before blow-drying it with a round brush. Then, curl hair by wrapping sections of it around your iron. Wrap sections in varying directions to make your curls look more natural. Add a touch of hair spray to keep your curls in check and you're done.
Instead of curls, try waves. This looks fantastic with a shorter bob cut, but can also be incredibly trendy on longer hair. Blow-dry hair with a round brush to create volume. Then curl sections of hair with your iron while holding the iron vertically. Loosen curls with your fingers once cool, and you're all set.
Try out a curly updo to add a little glam to your look. Create a deep side part. Then curl hair in sections with your iron, holding it vertically. Once hair is curled, pull it into a low ponytail. Twist your ponytail twice at its base, securing it with bobby pins to keep your twist in place. Pull out a few sections at the front to frame your face.
A hybrid between an updo and down 'do gives you the best of both worlds. Once you've curled your locks -- curls and waves both work here -- part hair in the center and pull back two sections along the part at the hairline, pinning them to the back of your head with bobby pins. Leave a few tendrils free in the front to frame your face.