Using a flat iron to straighten your hair seems pretty straight forward, right? Well, you would think so, but there are actually a few things you could be doing differently to enhance the whole process. By changing your approach to straightening, you might find that you get better results.
So, if you have been struggling to get the results you want and aren't quite sure why, the styling tips below might just hold the key to that sleek, straight mane you've been dreaming of!
Always use protection
Whatever kind of high-temperature styling you're doing, always start by applying a thermal protectant like L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray evenly throughout before you so much as turn those heat tools on! Ideally, you want to do this while the hair is still damp to avoid unwanted sizzling. More on that later...
Turn down the heat
Just because your flat iron can produce the heat of a thousand suns, doesn't mean it needs to. It all depends on your hair, but most people definitely don't need the highest temperature available.
Very curly, thick or coarse hair may need emperatures up to 400° but, by and large, normal hair can be ironed at around 300-380°, and very fine or damaged locks should only be subjected to temperatures below 300° (the same goes for color-treated hair). As a general rule, experiment with lower temps to find out what your minimum should be.
If you find that straightening your hair takes way longer than you anticipated, it could be because you aren't sectioning your hair before you start. By dividing your hair into two or three horizontal sections, you'll be able to keep track of what you've straightened already.
This will speed things up while simultaneously helping you to avoid ironing the same area twice. Double-straightening can cause damage by exposing the hair shaft to twice as much dry heat as it actually needs to get the job done.
No sizzle, no problem
Finally, if you hear a sizzle, your hair may not be totally dry and could, as a result, end up damaged. You should only ever use a flat iron on bone-dry tresses because any moisture on your strands only gets cooked into the hair follicle while you straighten.
What are your straightening habits?