April 17, 2014
Getting your hair straightened the way you like it is a challenge many people with curly or wavy hair deal with. For some, straightening is as easy as blow drying it out, for others it takes much longer and a lot more effort. Take a look at these hair straightening techniques, and how they can be used in your daily routine.
The Size of Flat Iron
For those who are using a flat iron to straighten their hair, it is important to pick the right size. These vary greatly, and should be taken into account when working with your hair. Make the decision based on the thickness and length of your hair. For those with short hair, use a straightener that has narrow plates, ranging between ½ an inch to 1 inch. By doing this, you will be able to take smaller sections, making it easier to get the job done. For those who have longer and thicker hair, use a straightener with wider plates, which go up to 2 inches. Because of the additional hair, this will decrease the amount of time it takes to straighten. By choosing the right size, it will be easier for you to work the iron as well as decrease the chance you will overheat and damage your hair.
The Heat Setting
A good straightener will have different heat settings that can be used. Change these based on the type of hair you have. By changing your curling iron to fit your specific needs, you will lower the chance of damage for your hair from overheating. Those with thicker hair can use one of the higher heat settings, which will usually be represented as 350-400 degrees while those with fine hair or hair that has been damaged should stick to a lower setting around 250-300 degrees.
The Techniques Used
Some people are lucky enough to just blow dry their hair straight and then be ready to go. Others unfortunately have to spend more time whether it is because of wavy, curly, or frizzy hair. Find which one will work best for your hair and use it. Even among the different straight irons there are different options. The best ones will use ceramic, titanium, or tourmaline. These materials will heat more efficiently and evenly, reducing the damage that can be caused to your hair. Make sure to avoid the straighteners that are only coated with teflon or ceramic as they will not heat as evenly.
Prepare Your Hair
Before you even start the straightening process, make sure that you have the right products in your hair. Most importantly this includes a mousse and a heat protector. A straightener can be highly damaging to your hair, but by having this protection, you can take away some of the potential risk.
Discover the best way to straighten your hair. Everyone is going to be different, and it is important to find the right technique for you. Beyond anything, watch for heat damage and work to best protect your hair from the problems that come from this.