You're Using Your Flat Iron Wrong: Find Out Why

Too many people buy nice flat irons for their wavy or curly hair and end up using them incorrectly, in a way that damages their hair or simply doesn't get the job done well in an efficient manner.

Rest assured the best way to ensure a job well done and to promote optimal hair health is to buy a Professional flat iron, but beyond that, you'll want to make sure that you're taking the steps necessary in using the flat iron correctly.

Buy HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Glider Flat Iron

HSI Professional Ceramic Tourmaline Glider Flat Iron

Step number one in why you might be doing it wrong? You have the wrong tools. That's right, buying just any old hair straightener won't do you or your hair any favors, and no matter how hard you try – with the wrong straightener, you're doing it wrong. Start your efforts off right by buying a straightener that'll leave your hair healthy and strong.

HSI Professional flat irons are made of ceramic tourmaline. In short, tourmaline is a crystal that is ground into a fine powder and infused into the ceramic plates of a flat iron. When heated, this substance produces a huge amount of negative ions, enough to counteract the positive ions found in dry and damaged hair.

What, exactly does this mean? It means that ceramic tourmaline flat irons are better at avoiding hair damage and neutralizing ions that cause static and frizz. They also use HeatBalance technology with 8 micro-sensors to regulate the temperature and evenly distribute heat, which means fewer passes through your hair which is always a great thing in terms of time, effort and hair health.

You're Not Using a Heat Protectant

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News flash: your hair won't do well to consistent extreme heat exposure without a little extra protection; it's just not made for that type treatment. However, HSI offers products that serve as a protectant for hair as it's exposed to extreme heat. It's called Argan Oil Heat Protectant, and it's great for all hair styles. It's your ticket to getting that vibrant, silky, shiny, healthy style that you've always wanted, and for keeping your hair free from damage. Without it? You might have straight hair, but it'll be dry, damaged, unhealthy and unsightly.

Our heat protectant is a weightless mist that's meant to be applied before heated styling, and can protect hair from heat exposure up to 450 degrees. This product can be used as a serum for conditioning to give you optimal final results, as its infused with highly concentrated antioxidant rich argan oil and shine boosting vitamins.

Our heat protectant hydrates dry hair, detangles those tough spots, speeds up drying time, boosts shine and creates a protective barrier between your hair and high heat styling tools. Our professional heat protectant is safe for color-treated hair, it's sulfate-free, phosphate-free and paraben-free.

You're Not Paying Attention to the Settings

Hair straighteners are not and should not be a one size fits all product! Beware of those cheap  straighteners you see at the store with one temperature setting – it's likely either entirely too hot, or not hot enough depending on your hair type. The great news about HSI Professional flat irons is that they all come with a temperature dial so you can dial up or down the heat as you see fit for your hair; after all, we always recommend you keep temperatures no hotter than they actually need to be to get the job done. Not sure where to start? We have a guide that should help! For course hair – that is, extra thick and curly – start around 450 degrees and work your way down.

For normal hair, or wavy semi-curly hair, 350 is probably your best bet. Fine hair – thin and naturally straight – or hair that is already damaged should start around 180 degrees. Color treated hair is best to start around 300 degrees. As a best practice, if you're not quite sure what's best for your hair, always begin from the lower temperature and work your way up. Also, test a small portion of your hair before you commit much to the setting, in much the same way that you might test a hidden area of your couch with your new cleaner before you clean the whole thing.

More questions on just how you should be using your straightener? Don't miss our web site as an excellent resource for all of your straightening questions. On our web site, users can Shop by Concern – Dry/Damaged Hair, Thick Hair, and Frizzy Hair; Shop by Result – Straight Hair, Curly Hair; and read the latest and greatest in tutorials and blog posts all about healthy hair care.

Navigating through our web site, you'll find an overview of all of our products and FAQ pages that walk customers through appropriate settings for their tools. It's simple and easy to use! Using your flat iron the correct way is imperative to great, healthy hair. Find out what you might be doing wrong, and don't hesitate to make a correction in your routine for your hair's sake!  


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