March 3, 2013

How to Straighten Hair Like a Pro

hair care tips

There are few things more frustrating in the health and beauty world than trying to untangle a tangle or uncurl a curl, making the professional straightening hair care tips all the more valuable for someone who needs to look their best.  There are plenty of rumors and half-truths that anyone would find out there, ranging from the reversibility of split ends (not true) to the genetic components of straight hair (less false, but still not true).  How do the professional make-up artists, the types that work for films and television, deal with unpleasant frizz?

Get the Right Tools for Hair Care

Not all beauty devices are created equal.  Just like you would not buy a single size of shoes for every pair of feet, so too should you look around for the best flat iron in order to better serve your head of hair.  Your hair should determine which iron is to be used and not the other way around.  If you have short or thick hair, you will need narrow plates so that you can better iron a small section.  Likewise, fine or long hair requires getting through more area of your flow.  Remember not to get a very heavy iron, or else your arm will be tired quickly.

Heat It Up, Cool It Down

Just like your hair determines the iron, so too does it determine that iron’s setting.  A pro will have a hair iron that has several settings, but if you have just two or three that is all right as well.  You just need to be sure that the density matches the heat.  A very fine head of hair will be damaged by intensive heat and should not be straightened at hotter than 300 degrees, while coarse hair needs the heat to penetrate through each individual strand at up to four hundred degrees.  If you are looking for better hair and beauty treatment, you can check out these services to supplement the information that the pros give.

Tools used to Straighten Hair

It might all sound the same to you, but the type of metal that you are heating up and applying to every follicle on your head can make a major difference.  A titanium metal, for instance, has the advantage of being extremely durable and very lightweight.  Just like you want a bicycle to be able to withstand all sorts of factors, so too do you want your hair iron to be able to take whatever punishment your life can dish out.  Other irons use ceramic or tourmaline, which are fine as long as they are not labeled as “coated”.  A coated iron or Teflon coating is more likely to be heated to the point where it wears off, leaving you with uneven straight hair.  Ideally, the straightening should be similar over all areas and shinier to look at.

Get Hair Ready For the Big Day

The human body very rarely comes into contact with any object as hot as the straightening irons that we subject our hair to.  For this reason, you need to prepare your hair ahead of time by using product in order to give it better strength and bonding power.  A volumizing shampoo is one of the better preparatory products that you can use, since it will add the necessary thickness that your hair needs to survive a blast of several hundred degrees.  A mouse, in addition, will provide heat protection from both irons, sunlight, and hot days.  Finally, you can blow dry your hair in order to give it the extra volume needed to survive the high heat.

Prepare Your Hair for the Experience

Just like you cannot turn a few ingredients into a four-course meal, nobody can turn imperfect hair into a perfect look.  A little bit of preparation can go a long way, however.  You can start by clipping down your hair after blow drying it into different sections.  Start ironing about a half an inch from hair roots in order to give it consistent volume.  Finally, lift the hair away from your scalp to get the final parts.  You need to be careful about applying the irons here, but press down firmly.  Finally, spray every cuticle you can with a shiner. If you would like to learn more about straightening your hair, contact Avalon Beauty College on 877-297-2118.

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