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Shay Mitchell once ironed her hair off

Pretty Little Liars actress Shay Mitchell says her co-stars come to her for beauty tips.

Shay Mitchell has opened up about her biggest hair disaster.

In an interview with Refinery29, the Pretty Little Liars star recalled a time in her teenage years when she decided to allow a friend to straighten her hair with a clothes iron. She ended up singeing her long locks and has regretted it ever since.

"I got my best friend to do it and she's felt so bad ever since but, literally, she took like a quarter of my hair off with the iron," she shared.

These days the 28-year-old brunette takes much better care of her tresses by regularly using leave-in conditioners and visiting her hair stylist friends to get her split ends trimmed.

She would also be open to cutting off her hair an opting for a shorter style as it would mean she could experiment with wigs.

"Wigs are there for a reason. They allow you to experiment and switch up your hairstyle without actually having to (commit). I'm probably more of a fan of a short wig than of cutting my hair," she said, adding that if she has the urge to change up her hair colour she just goes to a wig store and has fun playing with styles.

While Canadian-born Shay plays sporty low-maintenance Emily on the hit U.S. drama series, in real life she insists that her beauty knowledge is a lot more extensive.

"I would say that most of the girls (on the show) probably come to me for beauty tips," she smiled.

As the spokesperson for skincare brand Biore, Shay is interested in products which provide intense hydration and likes to apply moisturiser as soon as she steps out of the shower. She is also a fan of beauty products which contain "unique ingredients" such as charcoal or baking soda.

"I think, especially when you go through different climates, it's really important to moisturise and keep your skin hydrated," she added.

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