Hair straighteners are awesome, but as much as I love how it magically transforms my hair to become very sleek, there’s a downside. It’s a heat based styling product which naturally means after prolonged use, damage will be done. It’s critical to make sure you maintain your hair and keep it hydrated and treated whilst using this tool.
Nonetheless it’s a product I can’t live without. In tribute to this tool that can make you go from drab to fab, I’ve compiled a few useful tricks and hacks you can begin doing (if you aren’t already) when you style your hair next. Do share if you know any tips of your own that you use! We always love to hear creative ideas.
1. Get the right size for your hair type
The general rule of thumb: the shorter your hair, the thinner the flat iron. Size ranges from about 1/2” to 2” – so choose wisely. If you have thicker coarse hair beyond your shoulders go for the 2” flat iron.
2. Which type should you use?
The most common are made from either ceramic, titanium, or tourmaline. Here’s a great infographic that helps describe the difference between the three, I use the ceramic flat iron from Sephora and it has worked really well for me. I also like how I can adjust the heat and it’s small enough to travel with. Do some research before you buy one.
3. Use styling product before you begin straightening
There are heaps of heat protecting products out in the market now. Pick one and remember to always apply this before you begin ironing your hair. Imagine the damage the heat can cause to your hair structure and follicles. While these products can’t guarantee no damage will be done – it at least helps reduce the chances of severe damage and you’ll also notice less frizz and more shine.
4. Get volume
When it comes to straightening the hair closets to your scalp/roots, you want to iron upwards towards the ceiling. This ensures you give some volume, else your flattened hair will fall very close to your scalp and there’s nothing great about flat head.
5. Don’t go too hot!
I usually set my iron at 180 – 200 degrees celsius. Anything hotter than that is a little risky, since I have very fine hair. Those with thicker/coarser hair my need to go slightly warmer in order for this to be effective. Use your judgement and don’t go too hot.
6.Curl your hair for great waves with a flat iron
I do this often for my curly hair when I just want to give it a better shine and less frizz. You don’t only have to go straight.
7. Hear sizzles? Stop.
As soon as you start hearing your hair sizzle like a hot plate, stop and check if your hair is completely dry. There’s nothing worse than flat ironing hair that is still damp.
8. Always section your hair
I work from my inner layers closest to my scalp and then slowly release more hair as I work through the sections. It’s easy to just tie up the hair you are sectioning off and work with what’s available. Don’t try to iron your whole head at once, you won’t achieve your look and the iron isn’t meant to straighten big chunks of hair.
There you go ladies. We hope this helps your styling!