Tips for Smooth Straightening:
We all love that sleek, shiny look that you can get from using a flat iron, but there are a few tips and tricks you should follow to make sure your hair stays healthy. Read on for all you need to know about how to flat iron your hair like a pro:
- Make sure hair is thoroughly nourished. The better hydrated your hair is, the smoother and softer it’ll be after you flat iron. We suggest using a hair treatment once a week to keep hair moisturized.
- Defend your hair. When styling with a flat iron (or any heat, really), always use a heat protectant before you begin styling. This is especially important for anyone who uses a flat iron daily or those of us who need to turn our flat iron to 450 degrees.
Recommended Styling Products:
- Theorie Heat Shield Thermal Spray
- Oscar Blandi Heat Protectant Spray
- Fave4 Smooth For Sure Blowout Cream
- Nth Degree Smoothing Moroccan Oil & Keratin Serum
Adjustable Temperature Tips:
Flat irons with adjustable temperature let you select the right heat for your hair type and style. This is very important! It’s also important to use different temperatures on different parts of your hair: cooler near your face where hair is fine and hotter wherever your hair is thickest and strongest.
|QUICK TEMPERATURE GUIDE|
|coarse or thick hair||380°F and above|
|wavy or curly hair||350°F – 370°F|
|medium thickness or straight-ish hair||330°F – 350°F|
|thin hair||300°F – 330°F|
|fragile or fine hair||240°F – 300°F|
|synthetic hair||Lowest available setting|
Quick Flat Iron Tutorial:
Just in case you want to go back to the basics, we thought we’d share a few quick tips on how to properly flat iron your hair.
- Turn on your flat iron and set it to the right temperature for your hair (guide above).
- Apply heat protectant throughout your hair. This step is essential! As we mentioned earlier, heat protectants guard your hair against damage and makes your hair smoother, shinier and the results of your flat iron last longer.
- Pin up the top half (or so) of your hair with crane clips and begin straightening the lowest layers, working your way up. Separate each piece of hair into roughly one-inch sections.
- Remember, movement is essential. Use even, fluid strokes along each section. If you hold the flat iron on a piece of hair for too long, it may results in damage and/or breakage. It also causes you to not experience even results.
- If you have pesky hair close to the scalp or at the nape of the neck that’s too short for your flat iron, try adding a little bit of hairspray before/after you flat iron your hair.
- For finish, add a touch of shine spray or serum to polish off your look.