You probably would never be without your hair straightener. You use it every day to achieve that super sleek and glossy look that makes your hair just that little bit extra special. Any why not? You deserve to look good.
However, you don't want to cause damage to your hair just by flat ironing it. To reduce the burn, here's some of the best heat resistant tools to use when you're styling your hair.
Why do you need extra products?
To put it simply, because your professional flat iron can't get the job done on its own. It can do a lot, but if you don't put the time and effort in first, you're not going to get the best results. Also, you want to avoid heat damage at all costs.
Heat damage is often irreversible, and the last thing you want to do is chop off your lovely locks due to your need for super straight hair. There's plenty of products on the market that will help protect your hair while helping you get the style you want.
The best products to useIf you're a flat iron devotee, here's the heat resistant tools that you need to keep in your hair styling arsenal.
- A hair straightner with good heat controls: A cheap hair straightner will just have basic heat controls, or even worse, just an off/on switch. That's not going to give you the control you need over your heat. Instead, buy a machine that has a heat dial on it. You can then select the lowest heat possible for styling your hair, reducing heat damage while still getting great results.
- Ceramic or ionic plates: The plates on your flat irons are more important than you'd think. When picking a new pair, look for a pair that have full ceramic plates. Ceramic plates distribute heat more evenly, meaning you won't need to do so many passes on the same section of hair, and so will avoid burning your hair.
- Good hair protectant: Before you put the hot plates anywhere near your hair, you need to protect it. In this case, you need a good hair protectant product. Most products come in a spray form, making it easier to distribute it through your hair.
- A paddle brush and blow dryer: What, these basic tools? Yes, they're vital for reducing heat damage on your hair. The trick is to use the hair dryer on a low heat setting, and a paddle brush with natural bristles such as boar bristles. Making sure you include this step in your hair care routine means you're doing most of the work before you even switch on the flat irons. That way, you're applying much less heat to your hair.
- Rubbing alcohol: Really? Yes! You may not have thought about this, but keeping your hair irons clean is key in keeping the heat damage to a minimum. Product build up on your tools can cause more damage to your hair than you'd realise. Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad to clean the build up off regularly and keep them running at their best.
Hair product tips for the best results
- Wait until your hair is dry to use hair product and straighten your hair: Trying to straighten wet hair is way more trouble than it's worth. Have you ever seen the steam coming off your hair, or heard sizzling? That's your hair burning! Instead, get your hair bone dry before you even think of bringing the flat irons near them.
- Straighten in sections: Section out your hair before you start styling. This helps you get it done quicker, as you go over each section less and get it straighter. It also makes it much easier to distribute your hair protectant properly.
- Buy good tools: Not all styling tools are created equal. You may find that cheaper tools make it harder for you to style your hair, or worse, can even damage it. Find a proper professional ceramic flat iron, and you'll find your hair will thank you for it.
And there you have it. All you need are a few professional tools to keep your hair looking gorgeous, no matter what you throw at it. After all, it deserves the best.