A 450°F hot rod surrounded by heat-resistant combs allows you to lift and smooth coarse hair at the root without burning your scalp. Apply a protecting, shine-enhancing serum to strands before and after styling for glossy results.
BaByliss Pro GT Gold Titanium Root Straight Iron/Comb, $50, folica.com. Soft & Beautiful StyleProtect Hair Gloss, $5.
Don't be intimidated; this big, rotating curling iron is actually great for smoothing strands while adding body — once you get the hang of it. Use a medium- to firm-hold hairspray to keep the volume you create.
The InStyler, $119, getinstyler.com. Aussie Opposites Attract Hair Spray, $3.
A weighted comb with two sets of widely spaced teeth will easily slide down strands to detangle and help set curls without yanking. Coat hair with a thick leave-in conditioner so detangling is a breeze.
Whether you want to straighten hair or enhance the waves you have, this rounded flatiron will do both with ease! Just prep locks with an antifrizz smoothing cream first.
Infiniti by Conair You Style 2-in-1 Styler, $50. Paul Mitchell Quick Slip, $13, paulmitchell.com for salon locations.