Many people who suffer from dry, brittle and damaged hair, suffer this fate from not using flat irons properly. Dry hair becomes weak and breaks quite easily, often as a result of too much heat being applied to wet hair. The daily use of flat irons can contribute to the loss of moisture in your hair.
However, with a little bit of care, you can continue to use hair straightening tools daily to smooth out your hair, without harming your locks.
The key to healthy hair is retaining a good balance of moisture. Heated products can often rob your hair of its moisture, so if you’re using these tools, take the time to prevent moisture loss. Choose quality shampoos and conditioners that have moisturizing properties. A deep conditioner that coats the hair strand is ideal to seal in the natural hydration.
You can also try using a hair mask once every couple of weeks to nourish and repair your tresses. Again, choosing a hydrating mask is the best choice to combat the drying effects of styling tools such as flat irons.
Before you iron your hair, apply a heat protectant spray. This will coat your hair and help prevent the loss of moisture as well as protect it from the heat of your iron.
Letting your hair dry completely is best, but if time is an issue, then allow your hair to become at least partially dry before you begin to straighten it. The steam that rises from your wet hair when using a heated styling tool is actually the moisture evaporating from your hair.
If you regularly straighten your hair while its damp, you should definitely use a vented iron, which will allow the steam to be diffused. This will aid in the protection of your hair, as it is less likely to cause burns or scorching.
Using flat irons is a quick and efficient method of attaining smooth and shiny hair. Just make sure you apply a little common sense so you won’t damage your hair in the process.
Get Beautiful Curls With a Flat Iron
Flat irons are commonly used to straighten and smooth out hair so it is sleek and shiny. However, this versatile styling tool can also double as a curling iron to give you full and romantic curls.
Whether you are seeking a loose tousled curl or a tighter, ringlet look, a flat iron can create a variety of curls giving your hair fullness, depth, volume and bounce. It’s quite easy to make the transition from straightening to curling, simply by turning the wand.
Some key steps to remember when using a flat iron for curls, make sure you’ve combed the tangles out of your tresses before you begin. Also, you should curl your hair in sections, just as you would when you straighten it.
If you just want a little flip up or under, simply pull the straightener to the ends of your hair, and give a half twist. Hold for about ten seconds and repeat all around your head. For more curl along the length of your hair, section your hair, using wider sections for loose curls and smaller sections for tighter curls.
Pull the flat iron along the section of hair to the tips and gently begin rolling it back up the hair. Be careful not to wrap it too tightly, as this will make it difficult to pull the flat iron free. Hold the cylinder in place for a few seconds to allow the heat to form the curl. Gently open the flat iron just enough to allow the hair to slide off the barrel.
When curling your hair, start with the under layers of hair first, working your way up, section by section to the top of your head. You can add a little styling spritz as you complete each curl. Also, don’t attempt to brush or loosen the curl until it’s had time to cool or it will lose all shape. Curls will naturally fall a bit on their own, so there is no need to worry your curls are too tight.
The versatility of a flat iron makes it a great tool to have on hand, turning your hair from crisp and straight to soft and curly with a simple twist of the wrist.