A perfect blowout can usually only be found in a salon. If someone wants sleek, straight hair without leaving home, a ceramic flat iron is an ideal solution. Once a user finds a tool they like, they should avoid these mistakes to protect their hair and perfect their style.
Skipping the Protectant Spray
If a user skips the heat protectant spray before they use a flat iron, they’re more likely to damage their hair. Use the spray on damp, clean hair to protect it from damage caused by blow drying and hot tool use.
Using the Lowest Setting
Many believe that using the lowest heat setting will protect their hair. While it may seem counterintuitive, a medium-to-high temperature is ideal for thicker hair. With a lower setting, the user has to make multiple passes over a single section of hair to get the desired result. However, a higher setting means better results with a single pass.
Pulling Downward During Straightening
While it’s certainly effective, this technique can make hair fall pretty flat. Get as close as possible to the hair’s roots and pull each section up as it’s straightened. This increases volume at the crown for straight hair with more body.
Not Using a Brush
Before using a flat iron, it’s important to brush the hair to remove any tangles. Knot-free hair makes the process go more smoothly and it eliminates the need to make multiple passes over the same sections of hair.
Not Allowing the Hair to Cool
While heat is used to style a user’s hair, cooled air sets the hairstyle. Instead of immediately using a hair clip, bobby pins or other styling aids, allow the hair to cool after it’s been flat ironed.
Not Cleaning the Flat Iron
Heat protectant spray and other products applied to the hair may build up on the flat iron. To prevent these sticky residues from snagging the hair, users should clean their flat irons regularly.
While a flat iron is a useful tool for getting a salon-fresh look at home, there’s a right and a wrong way to use it. By avoiding these mistakes, a user can get the most out of their hot tools while protecting their hair.