Getting the desired look can be harder than it seems, so here are a few tips and tricks to help you out:Get the right type of iron: Make sure your flat iron uses trustworthy materials like ceramic, titanium or tourmaline. Ceramic distributes heat evenly for safer styling, titanium is faster and reaches hotter temperatures whereas tourmaline is naturally ionic which gently heats and styles the hair keeping it silky smooth for longer. The best flat irons on the market combine the heat diffusing properties of ceramic with the negative ion production of tourmaline, making this type of flat iron plate excellent for taming unmanageable hair.Make sure your hair is clean and dry: Unless you’re using a wet to dry flat iron, make sure your hair is entirely dry before applying heat to it. Hearing that hot sizzling as you use a straightener on damp hair is the sound of your hair burning, so don’t do it! Plus it’s always best to work with clean hair, the results won’t be as stunning if you had dirty or greasy hair to start with. Comb and untangle: Getting the knots out of your hair is important before using a flat iron. It would be like trying to get a knotted string through a needle!
Use a wide toothed comb to untangle your locks, don’t worry if it gets frizzy afterwards, the flat iron will take care of it later. Section your hair: Take small sections of hair and clip them into place to make styling easier for yourself. Start from the bottom layers near the base of your neck and work upwards. Thicker hair requires more sections, but using smaller sections with any type of hair is recommended. Set the temperature: Thick, coarse or curly hair needs higher heat settings between 350-400°F, while fine, damaged or chemically treated hair can use lower heat settings below 300°F. If you have regular textured hair that isn’t too fine or too unmanageable then use heat between 300-380°F, start low and turn the temperature up if necessary.
If your iron doesn’t have a thermostat, then test the heat by moistening a piece of tissue paper and pressing it with the flat iron. The paper should steam but not burn. If the paper burns, then the flat iron is too hot.Create your desired look: For a completely sleek and straight look, start about 2-3 inches from the root and pull the iron straight down to the tips of your hair. For soft and bouncy curls, pull the iron down to a few inches above the tips and then wrap the ends around the plates. If you want a flip in or flip out, just move the iron in the direction that you want the flip.Don’t brush or wet after styling: Letting water fall onto your newly styled hair will cause it to return to its original state. Your style will hold its shape well as long as it remains dry.
If you are in a humid climate, set the style with hairspray to help avoid over-absorption of moisture from the air.Protect your style: If you want to keep getting incredible results from your hair iron then take good care of it! Wipe it down with a damp paper towel or cloth after each use to avoid the build-up of hair styling products which will just cook with the heat and stick to the plates. Furthermore, there’s really no point in having a flat iron in perfect condition if your hair is dry and damaged. Take even better care of your hair by conditioning it regularly and using heat protectants before thermal styling. With these tips and tricks you can create all the incredible styles you can dream of with no problem at all. So what are you waiting for? Get your flat iron out and start following these tips to make yourself look absolutely gorgeous!