Tips on How to Straighten / Iron Hair
Straight hair is easy to get when using a flat-iron at the comfort of your own home. In fact, ceramic flat-irons are regarded as the best styling-tools in terms of straightening your hair and this mainly because ceramic flat-irons cause little damage to your hair during the styling process. Additionally, professional-grade ceramic flat-irons tend to produce negative-ions and infrared-heat which help to seal in moisture as you straighten your hair.
On the other hand, using proper straightening techniques and applying the appropriate hair-treatments before and after straightening hair will actually keep your hair straight throughout the day and also protect your hair from heat-damage. However, you need to be very careful when straightening your hair because your hair or skin can get burnt with just one simple mistake and that’s why it’s recommended to pay extra-attention and even take your time when using a flat-iron to straighten your hair.
SECTION-1: How to prepare your hair for straightening:
- Wash and dry-up your hair: you will have to begin by washing-up your hair with Luke-warm water coupled with a conditioning-shampoo then rinse it until all the shampoo is out. Afterwards, pat hair dry with a clean towel but leave hair feeling a bit damp then blow-dry or air-dry it slightly until it gets ready for styling. In fact, blow-drying can make your hair a little straight thus saving you a lot of time during the straightening process.
- Comb your hair: you will need to brush/comb your hair inorder to remove any tangles and to distribute the heat-protectant more evenly throughout your hair beforehand. In fact, there shouldn’t be any tangles left within your hair by the time you begin the straightening-process. Tangled hair actually creates crimps and knots during the straightening-process and that’s why it’s very important to get rid of any tangles within hair.
- Apply a heat-protectant to your hair: lightly spray a heat-protectant over the entire head-of-hair and then quickly comb through your hair inorder to evenly distribute the heat-protectant. On the other hand, you should know that damp-hair absorbs the heat-protectant more effectively than wet or dry hair but you may also apply the heat-protectant onto dry-hair. Additionally, you may also use a natural heat-protectant over your hair like argan-oil and a lot more but remember to set the flat-iron to a low-temperature inorder to protect your hair further.
- Prepare the flat-iron: this involves plugging in the flat-iron and then letting it heat-up for about 3-to-5 minutes as you’re prepare your hair. When the flat-iron warms up, select a temperature setting based on your hair-type in order to achieve effective straightening results. For example, thin-hair requires the lowest heat-setting, average hair-thickness requires a medium heat-setting of about 150-to-177ºC while thick-hair requires high-heat of about 200-to-232ºC. However, it’s recommended to start straightening-hair at a lower heat-setting and then work your way up until all the hair is straightened. Additionally, if you didn’t apply a heat-protectant into your hair then consider using low-temperature settings for best styling results and safety.
- Section-off your hair: carefully section-off your hair using a comb or your fingers inorder to facilitate for quick and east straightening of hair. In fact, thicker-hair requires more sections and thin-hair requires just a few section or none. So, clip every section out of the way using bobby-clips and then leave just one-section of the lowest-section ready for styling.
SECTION-2: How to use flat-iron to straighten hair:
- Separate a lock of hair: each separated section will include several locks of hair but it’s recommended to hold and work on one lock of hair at a time. So, starting with the lowest-layer of your hair separate a lock of hair that is about 1-to-2 inches wide so that the flat-iron can easily fit around this lock and then begin straightening hair in just one pass.
- Clamp the flat-iron above the roots: you will need to place the flat-iron about 1-to-3 inches above the scalp, close it with the hair in-between and then start the straightening-process. However, don’t clamp too-firmly because this may create a ridge at the top of your hair. Additionally, leaving the flat-iron in one-place for too-long will also cause a ridge which is actually a bad thing. Lastly, straightening too-close to your scalp may damage the hair-roots and even burn your scalp so try to keep a distance when using a flat-iron.
- Run the flat-iron down the length of your hair: after clamping the flat-iron onto your hair, slowly run the flat-iron down the length of your hair but keep using the same amount of pressure on your hair at all times. On top of that, don’t twist or move the flat-iron from its path because they may cause crimps within your hair. However, it’s normal to see steam coming from your hair or flat-iron because this can be a heat-protectant evaporating during the straightening-process. On the other hand, if you see a lot of steam or even smell burning-hair then consider moving the flat-iron more quickly inorder to avoid damaging your hair. Lastly, if your hair is curly or frizzy then consider starting with a few short-strokes near the top during the straightening-process.
- Repeat the straightening-process if necessary: if a lock of hair doesn’t get straight after the first move then go over it again and if it fails to get straight after a few passes then consider straightening smaller-locks of hair or raise the flat-iron temperature. In fact, multiple passes with a low-temperature flat-iron can cause more damage than a single pass with a high-temperature setting of a flat-iron.
- Straighten all the remaining hair-locks: once you have finished straightening one-section, unpin the next section and straighten it. Repeat the straightening-process with all the other sections until the entire head of hair is straightened-up. However, remember to work from the lowest-layers of hair up to the surface. Additionally, always pay extra-attention to the back-sections of your head because it’s very easy to miss-out a hair-lock that is out of your sight during the straightening process.
- Smooth-down your hair: in case you are left with a few flyaway hair-strands after the straightening-process, then consider smoothing hair down inorder to get rid of any uneven hair-strands. So, rub in a drop of hair-oil or apply a hairspray over the flyaway-strands and then comb them down.
- Do the final touches: these may involve applying a hairspray over the entire head of hair inorder to protect it from wind, moisture and to achieve optimum hold throughout the day. However, hold the hairspray-can about 30-to-38cm away from your hair and also remember to close your eyes while spraying.