by HSI Professional | Jun 17 2017
There are a few constants in our universe, and one of these is the fact that hair straighteners are an essential part of life. Why? Because you need to keep your hair straight and a flat iron can really reduce some of the problems presented by anything other than type 1 hair. Let’s face it, without our flat irons we would be lost, whether you use tourmaline or titanium to keep those locks under control.
Well, despite your good intentions, even with professional flat irons, there are still a few things that you might be doing wrong, and we’re going to address a few of them right now. So, with that being said, let’s go over some of the most common mistakes you might be making with your flat iron. Remember, some of these are mundane and will simply render your straightening job ineffective, while others can actually cause damage – try not to fall into the latter, if you can help it.
Mistake #1 – Using the Lowest Heat Setting on your Hair Straightener
If you’ve been looking online for hair straightener advice, then you’ve probably heard all kinds of horror stories about heat, and many of them have merit. So, you’ve been sitting there thinking that if you keep your hair straightener on the lowest level possible, you aren’t going to burn your hair. Well, here’s the problem: if you keep your straighter on the lowest level, you’re actually going to damage your hair more.
Here’s the problem, with many flat irons for hair the heat distribution is uneven anyway, and there may be cold spots across the ceramic. This is a problem in itself, but if you turn the heat all the way down, you may have to do multiple passes to get the effect you want, and at the end of the day, yes, that is going to cause some serious damage. A higher temperature will ensure that you can get the job done in a single pass, which ensures you use less heat overall. See how that works?
Mistake #2 – Failing to Let your Hair Cool
Here’s a fun fact: after you style your hair, you’re going to need to let it cool, because cool air actually sets the style. So, once you finish straightening, let it sit for a while as you do other things. Don’t immediately put it into a ponytail or a bun, or whichever style you prefer because it’s going to frizz up, or it might even start to curl. That’s the exact opposite of what you’re going for.
Mistake #3 – Pulling your Iron Down While you Straighten
This is a technique that might actually make your hair fall flat and rid you of the volume that you’ve been looking for. If you want to avoid this, get as close to the root as possible and pull the hair up. This will boost your volume and give your hair some body.
Mistake #4 – Not Using a Brush
Are you using a hairbrush before you straighten, or are you simply grabbing clumps of hair and running the flat iron over it? I want to believe that no one here is actually doing this, but I have to ask and make sure, right? Before you do each section with flat irons for hair, run through it with a hairbrush to detangle it. If you really want to be thorough, use a styling brush like the one we offer right here in our store. This will ultimately make the process go smoother so you won’t need to go back over the areas again.
Mistake #5 – Not Keeping your Iron Clean
The fifth mistake, and probably the one that everyone here makes, is not cleaning your iron. You know all of that product you use to keep your hair protected? It builds up on the plates whether you’re using tourmaline or titanium, and it will actually snag your hair. You might even find yourself experiencing split ends as a result. These are five of the most common mistakes, and you may be making a few of them yourself. Review your method, and make sure you’re using the best products to achieve the best results.