flat iron

When styling your hair with a flat iron, there are several things you should know! Here are some helpful tips for using a flat iron.

  • Right size: It is important that you use a flat iron that fits your hair length and type perfectly. If your iron isn’t the right size for your hair length and type it could cause more damage to your hair. Allwomenstalk.com suggests, “Your hair length and type should determine the size of your flat iron. Narrow plates that run ½”-1” are good for short hair that is fine or thick. 1 ½ -2” plates work well for long hair that’s fine or thick.”
  • Make sure your hair is DRY: This is extremely important! You should never run your flat iron over wet or damp hair. You will fry your hair if your iron it when it is wet. If you want to damage your hair that’s the easiest way to do it. After you blow dry your hair, turn your blow dryer from hot to cold and blast your hair with cool air. Then use the flat iron to style hair.
  • Use a heat protectant: This tip is mentioned in many blog posts because it is so important. Protecting your hair with a heat protectant can make a HUGE change in the way you hair looks and feels. Allwomentstalk.com says, “Regularly using a heat protectant on your hair before you use your straightening iron or other heat tools is a must. Skipping this step can result in dry, fried hair and no one has time for that!”
  • Right Temperature: Just as it is important to have the right size iron for your hair, you need to use the right temperature on your hair. The temperature depends on your hair type and how healthy or damaged your hair is. Huffingtonpost.com says, “My hair should only be ironed at a low setting, below 300 degrees, as it is fine and damaged (the same goes for chemically treated hair). Normal hair can be ironed at 300-380 and thick, coarse or extra curly hair at 350-400. Start at a lower level and increase as needed.”
  • Buy the right iron: A good flat iron will have a temperature setting, if there is only one setting you should stay away from that kind of iron.  A good temperature range should be from 175-400 degrees, but I highly recommend that you NEVER set your iron to 400 degrees. You don’t want to burn your hair off.
  • Separate into sections: When flat ironing your hair weather your straightening it or curling it, it is a good idea you separate you hair into smaller sections with a clip. There is no exact way to do it, just separate you hair as you like and then style each section.

Click here for a video tutorial on straightening short hair!

Click here for a video tutorial on straightening long hair!

Click here for a video tutorial on curling hair with iron!

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