How to Straighten Hair
Choosing Good Flat Iron before Hair Straightening:
It is essential to note the importance of good flat iron for hair straightening because it doesn’t matter how hard you try to get fascinating straight hair if you don’t possess good flat iron you won’t get that sleek, shiny straight hair you desire.
Before jumping to the guide to straightening your hair, here are some properties that your flat iron must have in order to get effective results.
1. Variable Temperature Control:
A good flat iron is the one which has variable temperature settings. The same temperature is not suitable for every hair type, some hair requires less heat while others require more. Always choose flat iron which has multiple temperature settings.
2. Ionic Technology:
Ionic technology provides negative ions and locks moisture in cuticles of the hair, which give smooth and shiny hair and prevent from dry and damaged hair. Always straighten your hair with a straightener which has ionic technology.
How to know if flat iron has ionic technology or not?
Different flat irons are based on different technologies. Most common technologies are ionic, infrared, and wet to dry flat iron. Ionic technology can be further divided into three types:
Ceramic Plated Flat Iron:
Ceramic plates provide even heat distribution across the plates which straighten hair in fewer passes. This type of flat iron is good for fine hair.
Titanium Plated Flat Iron:
Titanium has property of getting heated quickly, and has deeper het penetration. This type of flat iron is good for coarse hair.
Tourmaline Plated Flat Iron:
Tourmaline is crystal which prevents hair from sticking to the plates. Normally tourmaline is coated on to ceramic plates for better results.
If your flat iron features either of these three plates, then it has ionic technology.
3. Plate Size:
Although plate size is not as important as the other two features it sure does matter. Hair straightener with a plate width of 1 inch to 1.5 inches are best but you can buy straightener with plate size up to 2 inches if you have thick coarse hair.
Hair Straightening Tips (How to Straighten Hair Like a Pro):
Hair is very sensitive especially when dealing at high temperature and are easily prone to damage if handled with carelessness. Here are some tips which are recommended by professional hairstylists which will not only help you to straighten your hair like a pro but will also prevent them from damage at the same time.
Hair straightening process can be divided into two parts i.e. preparation step and straightening step.
Washing your hair:
You must know that no shampoo can make your hair straight but there are some shampoos and conditioners that lock moisture in your hair and make your hair frizz-free. Hair that is dry is more likely to get damaged so it is best that your hair fully moisturized before straightening your hair. To moisture, your hair, wash your hair with anti-frizz shampoo. Always use best hair products as professional hairstylist COCO CHANEL said:
” Invest in your hair, it is the crown you wear every day.”
While applying shampoo to your hair slowly massage your hair to the roots and pass your fingers through your hair along the direction of hair so that frizzes are removed.
Most common mistake made by people when preparing for hair drying is that after they wash their hair, they rub it with a towel to dry it. This only increases the frizz in your hair.
As suggested by Tim Rogers blow dryer is the most damaging thing for the hair, so what choice do we have now to dry our hair? The solution for this is the problem is given by Sarah who suggested rough drying your hair.
What is Rough Drying?
Rough drying means moving blow dryer back and forth over your head while its nozzle faces downward whole time.
Use this method until your hair are dry to 80% and then you might apply hair conditioner and let your hair dry completely.
Brushing your Hair:
The next step is brushing your hair. A simple hairbrush can be used by it is insisted by Sarah to use boar bristle mixed nylon brush as it will smoothen your hair.
Most the women make the mistake of brushing the hair from root to the ends which creates more knots and causes more damage. The best way is to start a few inches from ends and brush it down and then move toward the upper portion. When you start from the root it is inevitable that your brush will be stuck on multiple tangles. But when you start from bottom you have already taken care of most of the tangles and you don’t face any tangles when brushing from root to the end.
Bone Drying your Hair:
Make sure that your hair is completely dry before applying flat iron directly to your hair. Because wet hair can be heated to scorching temperature quickly and can be damaged easily. Harry Josh who is professional hairstylists for models said, if you see steam or hear a sizzling sound stop immediately and evaluate what is happening. Sometimes it is not you who hasn’t dried the hair completely but it is your hair which might be burning from heat, so you need to be very careful what hair products to use. Don’t apply hair care products other than hair protectant spray after hair is completely dried. If you want to apply something do it when your hair are 80% dried and then completely dry your hair.
Apply Heat Resistant Spray:
Most important hair product you can use before straightening is heat protectant spray. As we are going to heat our hair up to 450°F it is necessary that we apply heat protection to our hair. Good thing about hair protectant spray is that it is free of oil which means it will not weigh your hair down. But you can always use Argan oil if you have thick and coarse hair. Tim who is the director of Living Poof’s said that: “You can use it on wet hair which is great. It protects hair up to 450°F and resists humidity which reduces frizz factor dramatically”
Straightening your Hair:
Now that you have prepared your hair to be heated up and straightened at high-temperature lets jump right into it.
Dividing Hair into Sections:
One common reason for hair damage is multiple passes on certain areas of hair. This happens when you have not divided your hair into separate sections and you lose track of which part of the hair has already been passed through a flat iron.
To avoid this issue you can divide your hair into several sections, it will not only make straightening process easy for you but will also prevent your hair from multiple passes. But don’t be fret about it as multiple passes are not going to destroy your hair at once. But it is best practice to avoid multiple passes as much as you can because it is not for your hair in the long term.
Keeping Track of Temperature:
It is always good to keep track of the temperature as high temperature as 450°F is designed to be handled by professionals at the salon.
Safe temperature range for your hair, especially when you are using a flat iron at home, is 325°F to 375°F. Make sure that you don’t cross this limit if you are already not professional in using flat irons.
Taking One Section at a Time and Keeping Hair Tight:
Once you have divided your hair into different sections, take one section at a time and hold your hair tightly. Place your flat iron some inches away from the scalp so that you don’t burn your skin. Move your flat iron slowly and steadily toward the end. When you reach to the end move flat iron slightly outwards. Repeat the same process for each section of your hair.
The advantage of pulling hair tight while you straighten it is you will need fewer passes. Harry the famous hairstylist said:
“Tension is essential. Create your tension and move the flat iron downward starting from the root.”
Apply Finishing Product:
After you have straightened your hair if you want to apply some finishing product like settling spray then make sure it doesn’t sit heavily on one place. To do that lift your hair with hands and let them go as you apply to spray your hair. This will divide hair spray to inner layers of hair as well. Apply your finishing product after the hair have been cooled down as Sarah said:
“A light-hold hairspray is a good idea but its best for hair to cool down first.”
Commonly made Mistakes:
Here are some mistakes that people usually make while straightening hair. You should avoid these mistakes to protect your hair against damage.
Skipping Preparation Steps:
People neglect the importance of preparation steps and start applying flat iron directly to their hair. This might not damage your hair in the short run but in the long run, it will cause dry hair and split ends.
Applying Flat Iron to Wet Hair:
As mentioned above, applying flat iron to wet hair is extremely dangerous. It will quickly burn your hair and will cause a crack in your hair cuticles. This condition will lead to dull, dry and frizzy hair.
Experimenting on Temperature Settings:
People who know that heat is dangerous for hair, start straightening their hair at low temperature and when they don’t get the desired look then they jump to higher temperatures. Which results in multiples passes some at low temperature and some at high temperature and we know multiple passes on the same section of hair are not god for your hair health.
Overlooking the Importance of Good Flat Iron:
Some people think the technology used in flat irons doesn’t matter much. But this is not correct, using bad flat iron can cause uneven looking hairstyle and can damage your hair. Flat iron which doesn’t contain ionic technology can dry your hair and in result, your hair will lose shine and smoothness.
Flat irons which feature latest ceramic heater technology provide even heat distribution along with the plates and hence heat is divided on your hair uniformly while bad flat iron may overheat or under heat certain parts of hair which will give you unprofessional results and you will be forced to do multiple passes and will end up damaging your hair. So, spend some time and money while selecting your flat iron because it is a one-time investment and your hair not for granted.
At first straightening hair seems like a walk in the park but when you actually start doing it and don’t get professional results then you realize that it is not that easy task. But you don’t need to worry if you are not getting professional results just follow the guide and make sure to use a good flat iron for your hair as it is the most important factor for straightening hair and preventing them at the same time. Where a good flat iron will give you terrific sleek, smooth and shiny hair a bad flat iron will destroy your hairstyling experience and will cause dry, frizzy, dull hair and split ends.