by HSI Professional | Dec 02 2016
Flat irons are all one in the same, right? Wrong. Anyone who's had more than one type of flat iron understands that there are many ways they can be different. Some promote optimal hair health, and some are simply bad for your hair.
Understanding the materials they're comprised of, as well as how flat irons work and the appropriate methods of using them will help significantly as you navigate how to pick the right one for your hair.
What are Professional Flat Irons Made of?
In order to understand just how professional flat irons work, you must understand what they're made of. Every flat iron contains two flat surfaces that put out extreme heat while sandwiching and gliding down the hair, thus straightening out any bumps and curls. What makes HSI Professional Flat Irons different? Their surface. Most flat irons come with one of two surfaces: titanium or ceramic. Titanium is a naturally occurring metal; it's extremely strong, but also incredibly light.
Because of its substance, it heats up incredibly quickly and holds intense heat with little protective element. Ceramic isn't exactly flawless in and of itself; it's a material composed mainly of clay, but it's much gentler on hair and is said to be better than titanium in protecting those locks. Here's the kicker: HSI Professional flat iron's are ceramic tourmaline ionic flat irons. In short, tourmaline is a crystal that is ground into a fine powder and infused into the ceramic plates of the flat iron.
When heated, this substance produces a huge amount of negative ions, enough to counteract the positive ions found in dry and damaged hair. This means that ceramic tourmaline flat irons are better at avoiding hair damage and neutralizing ions that cause static and frizz. So, you've got the better of two products (ceramic) paired with the best mineral for protecting the hair (tourmaline); this unquestionably makes for the best case scenario in heat styling products.
In addition to using ceramic tourmaline, every flat iron HSI uses HeatBalance technology with 8 micro-sensors to regulate the temperature and evenly distribute heat while the hair straightens. This ensures that you don't run that extreme heat through your hair more than you absolutely have to, and that when you do the heat is distributed evenly.
What's the Right Way to Use Professional Flat Irons?
A tool is only as good as its mechanism of action, so at HSI we make sure to guide you step by step on how to appropriately straighten your hair for best results. First of all, hair should always be dry and tangle free before beginning the straightening process. Once this is ensured, turn your straightener on and adjust the temperature using the temperature control dial. While the flat iron is heating up, spray your hair with a heat protectant, like our Argan Oil Heat Protectant Product.
Divide your hair into manageable sections and clip the upper layers to the top of your head as you start with the under layers first. Work first with just one strand to determine if you need to lower or increase the temperature. Once you find a range that works, begin to straighten: starting at the roots, firmly clamp the hair between the two plates and glide the flat iron down the entire hair strand in one smooth motion.
Always keep the iron moving to avoid frying hair in any one spot. Remember that as you go, you'll get faster and faster! Always operate Professional Flat irons with caution even after you consider yourself an experienced user.
Is There Anything to Use in Conjunction with Professional Flat Irons?
So, you know how our Professional flat irons work so well, you know why they work so well, and you know how to work them. There's one more thing you should know about: argan oil. When it comes to protecting your hair from high heat exposure, argan oil is simply a must. Not only does Argan oil protect from future damage, it can help restore already damaged hair, which can be quite unruly as it needs special attention in order to bring it back to life and to keep it healthy, sleek and strong.
At HSI, we provide a range of products all containing this essential ingredient. Argan Oil Heat Protectant is great for use before both flat iron and curling wand application – expect it to guard your hair from damage caused by excessive high heat exposure products like flat irons and curling wands.
Argan Oil Hydrating Smoothing Mask is great for revitalizing dry or damaged hair after excessive heated product application. Argan Oil Leave-in Hair Treatment is perfect for conditioning, styling and finishing your hair; and Argan Oil Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner will moisturize dehydrated hair and remove build up as it cleans and conditions each strand before styling. Don't just guess at why HSI's Professional Flat Iron is the best – understanding how it works will solidify that speculation in a concrete and justified way.