How many times have you tried to flat iron your hair only to have it come out looking terrible? Quite frankly you’re not the only one – I’ve had more than my fair share of it. I can’t tell you how many times, in my novice days, that I would section off my hair, run the iron over it, only to find it curling back a few minutes later. While some might consider that to be kind of cute (a bob is a cute hairstyle), it didn’t go well with my hair extensions.
Part of that was due to my technique, and part of it was due to not using a proper ceramic tourmaline ionic flat iron. It turns out, flat irons from the typical retail store don’t really cut it – you need something that is going to get the right heat distribution and stay consistent so that you can avoid going over your hair multiple times in the same session. It’s quite the concept, isn’t it?
So here, you are, trying to flat iron your hair, and you’re getting less than desirable results. Don’t worry, you’re not alone, and it’s definitely not as difficult as you are thinking. Let’s go over a few techniques you can use to get your hair straight AND keep it straight.
Make Sure your Hair is Dry Before you Use a Ceramic Flat Iron
First of all, there are certain types of straighteners that are designed to be used on wet hair but if you don’t have one, then you’re going to want to make sure that your hair is dry. If you’ve just stepped out of the shower, go ahead and blow dry your hair – it’s going to save you a lot of trouble.
Stick to Professional Flat Irons
I mentioned in the opening paragraph that you will want to stick with professional flat irons, and I’m going to say it again: stick with professional flat irons. The professional variants heat evenly throughout your hair without giving you hot spots. Additionally, they help to keep your hair straight throughout the course of the day. While some might shy away from them due to the price, they aren’t terribly expensive, and the benefits that they provide do a great job of outweighing it.
Treat Before Straightening
Before you use a ceramic flat iron of any kind, we cannot recommend enough making sure that you treat your hair. You can use anti-frizz sprays, serums, and any number of other hair care products, all designed to keep your hair safe from heat damage, and most importantly, to keep it straightened for longer. Some products are for before, and some are for after, so keep that in mind before you apply!
Stay Away from Moisture
The last thing you want to do after you finish straightening is expose your hair to moisture, and that means keeping it dry. First of all, and probably most obviously, don’t use water based products after you finish straightening! They may say that a bit of coconut milk can give you that sleek shine, but just don’t do it. Additionally, if you go outside, wear a hood, or at least carry an umbrella. The longer you can avoid moisture, the longer your hair will remain straight after you use ceramic flat irons.
Don’t Forget the Dry Shampoo
After you have finished styling, use dry shampoo to reduce moisture buildup in the hair – this is one of the most important pieces of advice that we can give you. Keeping your hair straight after your flat ironing doesn’t have to be difficult, and there is no reason that you cannot have that sleek, beautiful shine all day too.