Updated: Sep 16, 2021
If you are not comfortable using your curling iron, start by using it while cold. Do this to get used to using it without fear of damage to the hair or skin. It will not actually curl the hair but it won't cause any damage either.
Using a curling iron isn't instinctual so practice is important. Be sure you are getting the ends smooth under the clamp. Be sure to turn the iron in the direction of the clamp. If you turn against it, you will get crimped and damaged ends.
If you are unable to use the clamp, wrap the hair around the iron without opening the clamp. You can use a heat glove to protect your fingers. This tends to leave straighter ends but it will still look nice.
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