How to: diagonal wizardry with a hair straightener

BY ZOE FOSTER: I know I said I wouldn’t be doing no more videos but can’t a girl change her mind on a whim and go back against everything she said? Of course she can! She’s terrific at it! Should do it more, in fact!

(Mostly I’ll keep to written Q&As but this one demanded video illustration, which some of them obviously will, and which will be dealt with accordingly. Conversely, some answers will require interpretive dance, which is a terribly exciting idea but also a very unlikely one.)

But who cares about all that! All we really care about is why Laura can’t get a lovely, sleek, obedient finish when she uses her styler to straighten her hair!

I’ll tell you why she can’t: it’s because she has not yet mastered the ancient art of… diagonal wizardry!

(Dramatic thunderclap and smoke.)

Zoe is an author, columnist and porridge fan. She was beauty director of Cosmopolitan, Harper’s BAZAAR and PRIMPED and then collated all the best tips and tricks from her time in these roles for the beauty bible, Amazing Face. She is currently the dating columnist for Cosmopolitan magazine, although her best advice in this arena can probably be found in the dating and relationship guide, Textbook Romance , which she co-wrote with Hamish Blake. Zoe has published three novels, Air Kisses, Playing The Field and The Younger Man, and she rates them among the best novels ever written in the history of the written word. Find more info on her here, or supervise on her daily procrastination here and here.

Please understand that Zoë cannot respond to ALL your questions – but never fear, there are readers that are bound to know the answers, so don’t be afraid to ask – and answer!

Do you straighten your hair? What tricks do you use?