You can use the device for so much more than straightening your hair.

By Rachel Wermager
Updated May 27, 2020
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You might think the only thing your flat iron is good for is smoothing out your hair. However, your trusty tool can do even more than that. For starters, you can also give your 'do a boost of volume, even if it's stick straight, with your flat iron. The device can even give your tresses beachy waves or spiral curls, which is excellent if you have a smaller bathroom or you don't want to spend money on a curling iron. And, believe it or not, your flat iron goes way beyond hair styling. You can use it to iron out your clothing and organize your makeup bag. (Who knew one tool could do so much?)

Here, we offer five tasks (some hair-related; some not) that your flat iron your can complete. Try these out next time you're feeling like you want to try something new with your tried and true hair tool.

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1. Use a Flat Iron to Give Hair Volume

You don't typically think of volume when it comes to using a flat iron, such as the Sephora CollectionTame: Infrared Flat Iron ($85, Sephora), but it's possible to get the straight strands you want without having it all fall flat. Apply heat at the roots and lift, then hold hair away from your head with a comb to cool.

2. Use a Flat Iron to Create Beach Waves

It sounds counterintuitive, we know, but flat irons aren't just for straight styles. Create an 'S' shape as you move from roots to ends, repeating all the way down. Small sections of hair work best to get this desired look. This technique is a great example of how to get effortless beach waves.

3. Use a Flat Iron to Curl Hair

Streamline your curling iron and flat iron into one appliance in a few simple steps. Flip hair over the iron, run all the way through hair, then twirl to hold in place. Now,  you won't have to buy several hair tools to achieve multiple looks.

4. Use a Flat Iron to Iron Clothes

Whether you're in a pinch, your flat iron can be your rescue for wrinkles. It's especially useful for getting wrinkles out of shirt collars (or difficult-to-iron areas) because the surface area is so slim.

5. Streamline Your Makeup Bag

Depot makeup by placing a piece of wax paper over your flat iron. Add the makeup compact, let it heat for one minute, then pop the warm makeup out. Place it onto a magnetic palette, such as the Large Z Palette ($10, Ulta). This way, you can keep all your favorite beauty products together on one palette.

Now that you know all the surprising ways your flat iron can be used, you'll wonder why you've only been using it to straighten your hair all this time.


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