When it comes to straightening your strands, using a flat iron seems to be the go-to move. But, what happens when your locks become dry, dull and fried from the constant clamping and overexposure to heat? Below, we’ve highlighted the dos and don’tsÂ when it comes to using a flat iron to ensure healthy, straight hairâeverything from heat protection sprays to the ideal flat iron temperature. Scroll down to learn everything you need to know about using a flat iron.
Never Straighten Wet Hair
Possibly the most important thingÂ notÂ to do. Before using a flat iron, always make sure the hair isÂ completelyÂ dry whether by a blow dryer or a simple air dry. Putting a flat iron to wet hair could be extremely dangerousâno one wants sizzling, burntÂ strands.
Always Prep the Hair with a Heat ProtectionÂ
To avoid damaging the hair, always apply a heat protecting formula (anything from a spray, serum or creme)Â prior to styling. We love Redken Iron Shape, which is a lightweight mist that protects and styles all atÂ the same time. To ensure straight strands, try applying L’oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolute Repair Blor Dry CreamÂ before you begin styling.
Section the Hair Before BeginningÂ
Sectioning the hair with clipsÂ can allow for a wayÂ easier and efficient styling process. To guarantee you don’t miss a spot while straightening, begin my separating the top and bottom of the hair, and then divideÂ those sections into smaller ones to ensure every strand is accounted for.
Mind the Temperature of the Flat IronÂ
Before you begin using your flat iron, make sure itâs heated up and ready-to-go. For the best results, the ideal temperature is always 185 degrees. That said, try the ghd Platinum Professional Styler, which is a new innovative tool that is set at 365 degrees and grants long-lasting shine.
Start Straightening the HairÂ at the Roots
When you have your sections divided, it’s time to use the flat iron. To create a flawless look, start by straightening the hair at the roots and slowly work your way down to the ends. To avoid breakage, avert going over the same sections more than once or twiceâover-clamping is a big no-no.
Try a Different Style with the Flat IronÂ
Believe it or not, a flat iron can go far beyond your basic hair-straightening needs. With your trusty flat iron, try recreating effortless beach waves or bouncy curls, or even style your troublesomeÂ bangs with this multitasking hot tool.
Always Finish OffÂ the Look with an Anti-Frizz Formula
Complete the styleÂ with an anti-frizz cream to bypass any pesky flyaways and allocate a long-lasting look.Â We love L’oreal Mythic Oil, which is a blend that leaves behind a shiny âdo all while keeping all the strands in place.
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