If you're a fan of the straight hair look, then today's post is for you! I've been straightening my hair for years, so I've picked up quite a few useful tips along the way. Today I'm going to tell you how to get the most out your flat iron. You'll be straightening hair like a pro in no time at all!
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Hair Straightening Tips: How to Flat Iron Like a Pro
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Step 1: Pick the Right Straightener
There are three main things to look for in a flat iron: surface material, width of plate, and heat settings. You can read about each in detail here: The Skinny on Straighteners: How to Pick the Perfect Flat Iron. Here are the main takeaways:
- Ceramic or tourmaline-coated ceramic plates are best if you're not experienced at straightening hair, if you have very frizzy hair, or if your hair is damaged. Titanium plates last longer but they transfer heat fastest. Use them only if you're more experienced and if you have very thick/coarse hair.
- Select a 1/2-inch plate if you have very short hair, a 1 to 1 1/2-inch plate if your hair is medium length and finely textured, and select a 2 inch plate if your hair is very long and/or coarse in texture.
- If your hair is fine in texture, damaged, or if it damages easily, use lower heat settings. Use higher heat settings on hair that is thick, curly, and/or coarsely textured. Never go above 350 degrees!
Step 2: Prep hair properly
Wash and dry hair, then add a heat protectant!! This is such an important step, because it will help prevent damage. The one I recommend is TRESemme Keratin Flat Iron Smoothing Spray. It works great and is inexpensive! If you prefer an oil based protectant, Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil is somewhat expensive but I do like it a lot.
Step 3: Clip hair into manageable sections.
My hair is thin to medium in texture, so I divide it into two sections. If you have very thick or long hair, you'll want to clip it into 4 sections.
Straighten the bottom layer first. Begin close to the scalp and flatten a 2-inch wide section of hair between the plates of the flat iron. Slide the iron down to the ends of the hair at a steady pace.
Once that layer is finished, do the top layer of hair. When you're doing the hair at the top of your head and on the sides near your face, you'll want to get close to your scalp so you won't see a funny line showing where you started.
Here are just a few of my many straight hair looks (and hair colors)!
I hope these tips help! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about hair straightening. If your hair is damaged from using a straightener too often, you might want to check out my Top 10 Tricks to Avoid Split Ends and my Healthy Hair Tips.