I’ve been straightening my hair for over a decade. I hardly understood how to operate a flat iron when I first began. During that period, I made a lot of errors. Been there, done that, from obtaining unsatisfactory results to harming my hair and leaving it dry and brittle.
But, I’ve learned a lot through my errors. Now I finally know how to keep my hair straight and healthy.
The fact is that straightening your hair using a flat iron is a simple procedure. You need to remember a few basic guidelines. And avoid a few big blunders that we all commit for some reason.
So, here are my top ten tips for straightening your hair with a flat iron, getting that silky smooth finish but also keeping your hair healthy, bouncy, and full of life.
10 BEST TIPS FOR USING A FLAT IRON
Tip #1: Use the Proper Shampoo and Conditioner
For the most excellent results, begin your hair straightening routine in the shower rather than with the flat iron. Straightening shampoo and conditioner are also required.
These products aren’t strong enough on their own to give you that perfect glossy finish. But, when used in conjunction with a flat iron, they may enhance the outcome.
Tip #2: Don’t Overdo It With the Blow Drier
When your hair is subjected to the high temperatures provided by a straightening iron, you should look at the very least attempt to prevent heat before straightening. But most of us don’t have the luxury of waiting for our hair to dry.
The next best thing would be to let your hair air dry for as long as possible before blow drying it. Aim for at least 50 per cent dry hair, with 70 – 80 per cent being optimal.
Tip #3: Your hair should dehydrated.
Do you know how you can capture a piece of hair with your flat iron and rapidly evaporate a cloud of mist? I used to believe that the sound it produces was soothing. As if you were popping acne.
I had no idea the sound was the sound of my hair being fried. Hair is so delicate when wet that it should handle with as little heat as possible. Even wet hair may be much more damaged than dehydrated hair.
Tip #4: Use a Heat Protectant
Heat protectant sprays and lotions are used before exposing your hair to high heat to protect it as much as possible and reduce damage. They aren’t all-powerful, but they do assist.
These items come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and it is up to you to choose the one that best suits your needs. Some heat protectants additionally indicate the maximum temperature at which they can protect hair. So you may try combining it with the heat you usually use.
Tip #5: Invest in a High-Quality Tool
This is a no-brainer: the higher the quality of the flat iron, the better the outcome. Not only do you want that perfect glossy look, but you also want to prevent your hair from harm.
But, pricing is not necessarily a good indicator of quality when it comes to hair styling products. The greatest thing you can do is thoroughly read the specs of the product you want to purchase to determine what it can and cannot do.
Also, read as many reviews as possible. The experiences of past customers may assist you in determining whether that specific flat iron is suitable for your hair.
Tip #6: Make Certain the Temperature Is Appropriate
Just because your flat iron has a temperature range of 450F doesn’t mean you have to use it at full power. The more heat you expose your hair to, the more damaged it becomes.
This is one of those things you’ll have to experiment with to learn. Begin with lower temps and raise them until you are satisfied with the outcome. According to specific basic rules, fine, thin hair does not need much heat, while thick, coarse hair may need greater temperatures to become and remain straight and glossy.
Tip #7: Divide Your Hair Into Thin Sections
You may lift the top layer of your hair with a clip. Then, divide the remaining hair into smaller pieces. The thickness of the portions may vary depending on your hair and the instrument you are using.
If the portions are too thin, it will take a long time to straighten your whole head of hair. But, they can’t be too thick since not all portions will be evenly open to the heat. There is no one-size-fits-all solution here. Fortunately, it just takes one or two attempts to figure out what works best.
Tip #8: Go Slowly Through Each Section
Instead of rapidly crossing each area many times, doing so slowly and gradually yields many superior outcomes. Take a piece of hair around the roots. Insert it between the iron plates and gently bring the straightener downward to the tips.
If you care about your hair in this manner, not only will your hairstyle last longer, but you will also minimize damage. Just don’t ever trap a piece of your hair between the hot plates and leave it there! If the containers are hot enough, you may lose the whole area at once.
Tip #9: Use a Serum or Oil
Even though you attempted to be as kind as possible, your strands have gone through a lot now that you have your hair looking precisely as you intended it to. To replace some of the lost moisture and keep your hair silky and smooth, use a hair serum or oil.
Serums cover the surface of your hair, providing shine and minimizing frizz. Some even provide some protection from pollutants, UV radiation, and dampness. Look for a lightweight product that won’t deflate your hair’s volume.
Also, once in a while, give your hair a thorough nourishing and repairing treatment, such as a hot oil hair treatment.
Tip #10 : Clean You’re Flat Iron
Because you should only straighten your hair after it has been washed, you shouldn’t anticipate a lot of dirt accumulation on the plates. But, conditioner residue and any heat protectant you use may reduce the tool’s effectiveness over time.
In most instances, a gentle towel and a dab of rubbing alcohol once your straightener has cooled down would be enough. But, just in case, double-check the instructions and the manufacturer’s recommendations.