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Hair Straightening Tips

December 11, 2008 by  

If you’re new to hair straightening, or even if you have been using your hair iron for awhile, it’s a good idea to brush up on a few basic skills. There are a few things that will help you make the most of your hair iron and keep your hair looking it’s best all of the time.

-         When you’re straightening your hair it is crucial that you start with dry hair. Don’t try to save time by trying to straighten damp hair. Take the time to dry your hair with a quality hair dryer before you begin straightening. You will damage your hair if you try to use your hair iron on wet or damp hair, it may burn and you will strip it from essential moisture that is needed to keep it looking its best. Unless you have a wet to dry hair straightener, in which case it is fine to use on damp hair. But be sure what type of iron you have before you try this.

-         Keep your hair straightener clean and in good repair. This sounds like a basic tip, however it is surprising how many people do not take the time to clean their hair straightener and store it properly. All that is required is to wipe down the plates of the straightener with a soft cloth that has been dampened with rubbing alcohol. If you do this every few days, or once a week, your hair straightener will stay clean and free from build up. Also, take the time to be sure that your cord is not pinched or tangled which can damage the power supply to the iron.

-         When you are straightening your hair, work in sections. Don’t try to save time by doing large clumps of hair at a time. Section your hair working from the bottom to the top of your hair. Depending on how thick your hair is, you may find it easier to work in small sections. If you want to create tendrils, or curls with your iron, small sections are definitely the way to go. Use clips to keep the hair out of the way and tangle free.

-         Use a straightening serum or thermal protector on your hair before straightening. This is a product that is designed to protect your hair from the heat of hair tools and it will help lock in moisture and seal in the natural oils that your hair needs to look its best. Even when you are using a high quality hair iron, it is beneficial to use a thermal protector on your hair.

-         When you are straightening your hair, be sure that you don’t squeeze too tightly because this will pull and tear at your hair and with a high quality hair straightener, there is no need to push too hard, just a firm constant pressure will do.

 

So there they are, the best hair straightening tips to get your hair looking straight, sleek and sexy.

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