The flat iron was perhaps the best thing to happen to our hair next to the beloved blow dryer. It’s a styling staple, delivering sleek and shiny strands that somehow make even the most casual of outfits look chic. Whether combating frizz or conquering ringlets, the flat iron has the power to do it all…and then some! But with great power comes great responsibility, especially when it comes to your lovely locks. After all, you are using a tool at a temperature hot enough to bake a cake! And while taking a vacation away from your hot tools every so often is always wise, I know better than to ask a flat iron addict to step away from her heat. Instead, it’s time for a lesson in flat iron etiquette. Always avoid these common mistakes when there’s a hot tool in hand…
You’re Not Prepping
Achieving silky, smooth hair starts long before you switch on your straightener. Whether you choose a smoothing serum, heat protectant spray, or perhaps even both, never skimp on the product. I cannot stress the importance of creating a layer of protection between your hair and your flat iron. I never go within five feet of heat without a spritz of our Thermal Styling Spray or Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil. It’s just good hair care manners!
You’re Using The Wrong Temperature
Just because your flat iron goes up to 450 degrees doesn’t mean you should use it that high. Yes, it might make the process a bit faster, but not without consequence. And although it might sound silly, you also want to stay away from the lowest temperature. Without proper heat, you’ll have to run the flat iron through your stands repeatedly which can be equally damaging and time consuming. For smooth hair without the sizzle, stay in the 300-350 degree range, depending on your hair type and thickness.
You’re Flat Ironing Damp Hair
If you’re seeing steam when straightening, your strands need a bit more blow dry time. So many Mademoiselles make this mistake thinking they’re saving a few minutes; not only does it damage your strands, damp hair won’t hold its shape so you’ll end up doing it all over again when it dries. If blow-drying your hair takes way too long, try our Blow Dry Lotion or Fluoro5 Elixer Oil. It cuts your blow dry time in half so it’s perfect for even the most impatient of darlings.
You’re Ironing Straight Down
When you straighten strands downward, hair often falls flat. Instead, start as close to your root as possible and straighten hair upwards. This little trick will add a boost of volume to your roots without having to tease.
You’re Not Cleaning Your Iron
It’s easy to forget to clean your iron, but over time your styling products build up on your flat iron. Although it might not seem like a big deal, that residue can snag and pull your hair. For a smooth and fresh style, gently scrub the plates with warm water or rubbing alcohol, but make sure you wait until it’s completely cool!
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