Imagine that silky black, long straight hair of Hollywood celebrities. It surely makes you feel unblessed by the frizzy, curly, and willful hair you have. But don't despair. There are saving devices that can release the elegance from your hair. One of these is the flat iron.
The straightening iron was once only a luxury item to beautify the hair of well-to-do people. But today, the mass production of flat irons has made it possible for anyone to own this instant hair makeover device.
Using a flat iron is also a no-brainer. But don't just clip your hair in the hot clamp. There is a proper process of using a flat iron so you can get the best style for your hair. Here's how:
- Get the best and the right flat iron for your hair. Beauty experts advise that you use flat irons with ceramic iron construction. Compared with its metal counterpart, the ceramic iron will produce the least damage in your hair. You may also get the tourmaline-plated or the chi straightener, but these are a lot more expensive. Another thing to consider is your hair type. The best flat hair iron for normal hair is a thin iron that is about one to two inches wide. A thin flat iron is best for fine hair. It should only have a width up to 1.5 inches. For thick and coarse hair, the recommended flat iron is that with a width of 1.5 to 3 inches, which can reach temperatures as high as 200 degrees F. Consider also your budget when choosing a flat iron, especially that it can be as cheap as $20 for the mini CVS to as much as hundreds of dollars for the tourmaline- or ceramic-plated and chi straighteners.
- Apply a protective covering to your hair before using any heating device. Use a thermal or styling product on your wet hair. Application should start from the hair's roots to its ends. Doing this will lessen possible hair damage from heating devices like blow dryers and flat irons.
- Dry your hair first before using the flat iron. You don't have to do this if you'll use the wet-dry flat iron. If not, you need to dry your hair first before you can use the flat iron. You may let it dry for less thermal damage or use a blow dryer for faster results. Never skip this step, because flat-ironing wet hair may cause irreparable damage.
- Use the hair flat iron for gorgeous straight hair. It will be easier to use some hair clips or clamps to separate sections of your hair. Straighten only a few strands of hair at a time, whatever can fit in the flat iron. Ironing too many strands might produce an inferior result. The straightening iron should be used by clamping the hair strands and sliding it from roots to ends. Do this until your hair gets the preferred look.
- Apply finishing product for the hair. This will seal in the hair's straight look.
Last piece of advice: Don't wet your hair unless you want to bring it back to normal. And by the way, for straight hair, if you want curly hair, use a curling iron. You can find curling irons in different sizes for your desired curls.
There, now you have that glamorous straight hair without undergoing damaging hair treatment. You've just proven it--a flat iron can really do magic to turn your frizzy hair into elegantly straight hair.