by HSI Professional | Jul 31 2017
If you’re thinking about getting a ceramic flat iron, then one of the things that you’re probably worried about, is whether or not it’s going to cause damage. Seriously, you’ve heard a ton of myths surrounding the ceramic flat iron, but are any of them even true? It’s a good question, and we’re going to take a few minutes to address some of the myths. Whether you use a 220v flat iron, for a flat ceramic iron, these are more than likely something that you’ve heard of.
Myth 1: Your Ceramic Flat Iron will Cause Damage
There is some truth to this myth, of course, but it isn’t usually the case. Here’s the thing: your hair can normally take up to 450F before it becomes burned or damaged, so just using heat isn’t going to mean that your hair takes damage. Healthy hair will usually only experience damage if you have the iron at more than 450F, and at the end of the day, most consumer flat irons simply cannot do that.
Myth 2: You Can Repair Heat Damage
If your hair becomes heat damaged, then it’s not coming back from that. High heat or even excessive heat can break the disulfide bonds in the hair, and make it permanently lose strength. You can treat this, but you can’t actually fix it, so if you’ve ever experienced it, or if you are experiencing it right now, you need to make sure that you know how to treat it and take care of it while you wait for your next strand to grow.
Myth 3: Your Heat Straightened Hair is Unnatural
This isn’t a common myth but it IS out there. There are some people who honestly believe that heat straightened hair, as in hair straightened with a ceramic tourmaline flat iron, is not natural. This could not be further from the truth. Something to note is that your hair will only remain straight until it is hit by water. There is nothing unnatural about it. You can change hair physically without causing compromise to the natural integrity, and heat is only temporary.
Myth 4: Heat is the Only Thing that can Damage Natural Hair
No, this is not true, there are plenty of things that can cause damage to your natural hair, and at the end of the day, you need to be very careful.
Myth 5: You Can Just Buy any Flat Iron
Well, technically this is true, but not all flat irons and blow dryers are created equal, unfortunately. You need to find a heat product that is designed for your hair type. For example, hair that is textured should use ion technology so that you won’t over dry your hair. Additionally, you do need to make sure that you are always looking for ceramic tourmaline flat irons or even titanium irons rather than standard metal ones. The former will heat evenly and cool quickly. In addition to that, they will have real heat controls rather than just a high and low setting.
This will ensure that you have full control and precision, which is much better than the alternative. These are five of the most common myths out there, and now that you know them, you can avoid some of these misconceptions and properly take care of your hair. You may have held some of these beliefs for a long time, and you may have truly believed some of them, but now you can move on, and take care of your hair properly.