A Guide To Flat Ironing Your Hair

flatironWe all should know by now that the flat iron is one of the biggest enemies when it comes on to good hair care.   No matter how strong and healthy you think your hair is, the flat iron can whisk away months and years of proper taming.   There is however, a smart way to get the job done while providing an increased chance of lessening the damage to your hair.

Tools Needed

  • Flat Iron – Recommended brands are:   Sedu, Kenta, Solia, Infrashine, Ghd, CHI, Hai & Paul Mitchell.
  • Heat/Thermal Protecting Serum – Best options are:   CHI Silk Infusion, John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum, Aphogee Keratin Green Tea Moisturizer, Sabino Moisture Block & also Redken Smooth Down.
  • Firm Bristle Brush & Comb
  • Hair Clips & Hair Pins
  • Hair Serum- Smart choices are: Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Carrot Oil or Frizz Ease Smooth Serum.

The Preparation Process

  • Wash and condition your hair as you normally would and lightly towel dry combined with a bit of air-drying.   Also you could use a blow dryer to speed up the process and fully dry out the hair before
    adding direct heat from the flat iron.
  • Part the hair into four equal quadrants, then twist and pin each section separately.
  • Release one section and brush through thoroughly with a firm bristle brush.
  • Only apply the heat protecting serum to the length and ends of your hair.   Use only three drops per section.  (For thicker hair, more serum might be required).
  • Again, you will need to separate that quadrant of hair into smaller sections.   These sections should be small enough just so the flat iron can adequately secure the hair in-between the plates.   (You can pin aside the other sections until your ready to flat iron them).

Technique

  • Take hold of the brush and begin to brush through a small section of your hair from the roots, in the other hand take the flat iron and clasp it over the hair following the direction of the brush.   Balance the weight and length of the hair with both the flat iron and brush until the entire section is smooth and straight.
  • Repeat this process every eight to ten seconds, giving the hair a chance to cool down a bit before directly applying another dose of heat – Your hair should not need more than 3 strokes of flat ironing.
  • As each section of hair is straightened, clip it aside loosely.   Avoid bending, curling or pining up the hair once it is straightened.
  • When you are done straightening your entire head of hair, rub a few drops of serum in the palm of your hands and then gently smooth over the surface area, hairline and ends of your hair.

Notes & Results to Expect

  • For softer and straighter results, try to maintain a seamless and steady movement of the chiironflat iron over your hair.
  • Using the brush immediately before the flat iron separates the strands evenly so that your hair feel smoother and softer once the flat iron runs over it.
  • Taking a couple seconds break between each stroke of the flat iron minimizes damage and breakage and helps to keep your hair smelling fresh oppose to burnt.

Follow this amazing technique and you will see how much better your hair looks and feel.   The hair will stay straighter for longer without having to run it over with the flat iron later on.   This will keep damage, if any, at a minimal level giving you more opportunities to repeat flat ironing your hair.   Ultimately, avoiding the flat iron is the best option; try to only do this for special occasions or at least twice a month.

Author: Claudine Baugh

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