For pin-straight hair, using just a blow dryer won’t cut it. You need to use a good quality flat iron that can give you straight, flowing tresses without the fuss. Knowing how to use a flat iron properly can be an art. Get yourself a flat iron with ceramic plates, which won’t do significant damage to your crowning glory. You will have to use the proper straightening technique aside from knowing what to do before and after using the flat iron in order to optimize the hair straightening tool.
Prep your hair to take the heat:
Girl, you won’t need to shell out a lot of money just to bag those hair goodies, since you can easily find them at a local beauty supply outlet or drug store. A number of specially formulated shampoo and conditioning products are on the market for sleek, straight hair. Check out items with straightening as well as moisturizing properties.
Make sure to pat your hair dry after shampooing and conditioning. You can gently squeeze your hair in sections using a towel. Avoid ruffling your locks dry. You can prevent too much frizz when you simply pat your hair dry after showering.
You can also go for styling creams to get your locks damp starting at midshaft. A straightening balm is fantastic for coarse, curly locks. Some heat-protective spray, heat treatment or thermal protection serum can also be used to coat the hair strands, protecting them from possible heat styling damage. To ensure uniform distribution of any heat treatment product through your hair, apply the formulation when your hair is wet, which also effectively prevents clumping. After application, use a wide-toothed comb on your hair.
Check out formulations that contain Moroccan argan oil, argon nut oil, coconut oil or Obliphica berry, which help maintain straight locks the whole day.
Blow dry your tresses:
The hair should be as dry as possible before it is flat ironed. This will ensure better hair straightening results from the styling implement while also preventing heat shock to your tresses that can result in hair breakage.
When blow drying your hair, point the nozzle of the hair dryer downward to follow the flow of the hair. This promotes dry straightening of your tresses as you dry from the roots.
Bear in mind to use the lowest setting on the hair dryer. For really frizzy locks, setting the dryer on the lowest level allows you to dry your tresses for an extended period of time so they won’t puff out as they are dried.
Always remember: the hair has to be completely dry before flat ironing.
Start working with the flat iron:
It is always good advice to work in layers during the hair straightening process. To do this, the hair has to be separated into individual sections, depending on how thick the hair is. Make the sections one to two inches thick to match the width of the plates on the hair straightening implement.
Clip or pin the sections you are not working on to keep them out of the way.
Start working with the flat iron on the bottom layer, keeping the other sections pinned to the top of your head or behind your shoulders. This is the best way to start especially when you have fine, limp hair.
Being careful not to burn yourself, clamp the hair straightener as close as possible to the roots of the section you are working. This can be around an inch from the scalp. The heated plates of the flat iron should be in contact with each other as the section rests between them. Do not clamp too tightly to avoid forming folds on the top of the hair section. In addition, make sure not to hold the implement much too long on the same spot.
Pull the flat iron down the length of each section you are working on. Use steady, smooth sweeping motions from the roots to the tips. Work with the flat iron several times on every section until you get it thoroughly straight. Of course, this will also depend on how thick your hair is, as there may be instances when you only need to run the iron once over every section to get every one of them straight.
The power of the styling tool will also determine how many passes you have to make on each section. With lower temperature settings, you may need to run the tool several times over each section.
When steam rises from the flat iron, don’t freak out. This is but natural as the hot ceramic plates interact with any leftover moisture on the hair. When your hair starts to smell like it’s burning, you should immediately lower the temperature setting.
Refer to the usage manual of the device to know what heat setting to use as well as how long the iron should be applied to the hair.
For dry, frizzy hair, rub some serum gloss over the hair to infuse it with extra shine. Use hairspray to handle frizz along the hairline. Blow dry your straightened locks to cold using the lowest airflow level to set.
The flat iron is a versatile device. Use it to crimp or chalk your hair, create lovely girly waves, iron wrinkled hems on your clothes, or create bedhead texture.