In the last couple of years there has been a huge request of behalf of women all over the world to make their hair naturally smooth and perfectly straight. Different products or tools have been created to help them obtain that perfect hair style, but not all of them had the same consistency, duration or effect.
Now, many of you will say that you already know how to straighten your hair using a flat iron and that you have been doing it for a few years, but have you ever asked yourself if you do this procedure as a professional or you just do it to say you’ve done it. If you do not know how to do it correctly, many negative results may appear during the years from slowly burning your hair to making it fall down. Here are a few steps on how to how to straighten your hair with a flat iron:
- Choose the right size flat iron: believe it or not, there are a variety of sizes. The size should be chosen depending on the length and thickness of your hair. If you have short, thick or fine hair it is advised to use a small iron that ranges from half an inch to one inch thick.
- Choose the right heat setting: It is best to use an iron that has adjustable heat settings, because the hair type and texture determine these settings. Here are the temperatures that must be used:
- for damaged or fine hair, between 250-300 degrees
- for medium hair, between 300-350 degrees
- for thick hair, between 350-400 degrees
- Choose the right material. I bet you never thought about the material a flat iron is made of. You should look for the ones that are made of ceramic, tourmaline or titanium metals. The reason is that they heat more evenly thus causing less damage to your hair.
- Prepare your hair properly. For a fine hair, wash your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. After you finish your bath, use a volumizing mousse that has built-in protection. The next step is to blow dry your hair to create enough volume. For a thick hair, wash it with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner, apply a smoothing serum with heat protections and blow dry your hair with a natural bristle.
- Steps to heat iron your hair. Clip your hair into manageable sections and start with the bottom half of your head (it will help maintain volume). For the other half, lift your hair and get the iron as close to the roots as possible. After you finish, apply some shine spray.
- Things to avoid:
- never heat iron your hair when it is wet (it will fry your strands)
- never use chipped hot tool (it is extremely dangerous)
- do not create a habit of using it every day
- Always clean your flat iron. After every use, clean your iron with iron cleaner or warm water and a cloth. This will help remove any product that may have remained on its plates.