If you’ve never used a hair straightener before there is a good chance that you’re either excited or confused, and maybe you don’t know where to start. The one thing you don’t want to do however, is end up like all of those poor people who buy a professional flat iron expecting miraculous results, only to find that the product falls disappointingly short.
We’ve all been there: you finish straightening, you look in the mirror, and you say: what on earth have I done? Sure, you can get your hair straight but it looks like a rag and the ends might even look horrible. Well, before you use flat irons for hair, you need to use a HSI heat protectant and we’ve said that many times before. What we may have been a little remiss on however, is WHY you need to use a protectant and we’re going to go over that right now.
Why Use Heat Protectant with a Professional Flat Iron?
You want your hair to look great so you spend time coloring it, cutting it, blow drying it, and making it exactly was you want it. The problem is that while you’re doing all of these things, your hair is pretty much taking a beating, and a nasty one at that. Protectant sprays are touted to minimize the damage but it all comes down to this very simple question: does it actually work? If you’re like the average consumer then you’ve seen a LOT of beauty products on the market that advertise a particular result and they never work because the FDA doesn’t regulate beauty products. As it turns out, however, heat protectant can be a great idea, and it is actually pretty effective.
So, what’s the science behind it? Why does it work exactly? First of all, it adds moisture to your hair, which keeps the natural moisture from evaporating. In other words, if you want to effectively straighten your hair, then you’re going to need moisture, and many people make the mistake of trying to flat iron bone dry hair. The second thing it does is form a protective barrier over the cuticle strand, and even allows your hair to keep its shine. Yep, it does all of that.
What’s in a Heat Protectant?You’re probably getting ready to rush out and buy a protectant for your HSI Professional hair iron right now, but you need to hold your horses for just a second; choosing the right protectant is just as important as having one. There are a few ingredients that you should be looking for when you buy a heat protectant:
- Argan Oil
- Obliphica Berry
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
These oils have nourishing properties and will keep your hair protected during the straightening process. Something to keep in mind when you are shopping for the perfect product is that it’s not going to be cheap, not by any means. These aren’t drug store products, but you can be rest assured that when used properly, they will give you the hair that you have always wanted, and that’s going to be a plus.
Remember, many products help to protect against frizz, and there are those that help to fight against humidity, making them a serious asset in the battle with your hair. When you finally get the right product, make sure you use it before blow drying or using a HSI hair straightener.
Don’t Repeat your Strokes
You might look at your hair and think it needs another few strokes of the straightener, but ask yourself this: is that entirely true? There is a good chance that you got it right the first time, and one of the biggest mistakes you can make is exposing your hair to more heat than absolutely necessary. Seriously, don’t make that mistake. Go over it once, and if you really think that you need to give it another pass, do so, but also re-evaluate your methods.
If you’re really having trouble getting your hair to straighten out properly, then it might be a good idea for you to consider using heat resistant hair clips to hold your hair in place while you section it off. You can pretty easily avoid damage with HSI flat irons for hair so long as you stick to the right routine and follow the right advice. Most importantly, use that heat protectant! We have a great one in our store and you’re going to find it to be pretty useful as you repair your hair and bring it back from whatever damage you or someone else may have caused in the past.