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How to flat iron your hair without damaging it

/ 03.31.2014
Flat iron your hair the healthy way!
Flat iron your hair the healthy way!

If you're a regular flat iron user, you'll probably be familiar with the scent of singed hair and the kind of damage that can lead to split ends and breakage. However, your flat iron doesn't need to be a necessary evil when used correctly. The truth is that, to get the smooth, sleek results a lot of us crave, the right products and styling techniques can help prevent damage and keep your hair looking and feeling fantastic.

Always prepare your hair!

The first (and most important) thing to remember when straightening your hair is to apply a heat protectant like Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray before your start. This will not only aid the straightening process, it will also create a barrier between the strand and the flat iron, helping to protect against heat damage.

The same rules apply for those of you who prefer to blow-dry your hair straight, too, so don't forget Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Serum!

Don't flat iron wet hair

Wet hair is a huge no-no as the excess moisture amplifies the heat from your flat iron, leading to scorched hair. Using a flat iron on slightly damp hair, however, is ok as long as it's about 90-95% dry before you start. Just remember, blow-dryers are for drying hair, while flat irons should be reserved for creating those all-important sleek finishing touches!

Be gentle

Many people tend to pull a flat iron down through their hair which can cause long-term damage, despite good short-term results. Instead, the flat iron should be guided slowly down through the hair without tugging at the strands.

It's also quite common for hair to be ironed more than three times before the desired effect is achieved. This, too, can damage hair in the long run so it's best to experiment with different temperatures that will straighten the hair in no more than two passes.

Cheat

If you don't feel your hair is quite sleek enough after flat ironing, there are products that can help, as opposed to excessive heat styling. Mist hair from roots to ends with Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Strand Smoother Serum Spray to eliminate flyaways and create an instantly smooth, cashmere-soft finish.

Finally, it's also worth mentioning that a heat detox can really help rejuvenate hair that seems dull and lifeless after a lot of regular styling. So, take a break for a few days every once in a while and treat your tresses to a nourishing mask. This will help to replace a lot of lost moisture which can in turn help to prevent further damage.

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