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Choosing the Right Size Flat Iron For Your Hair Type

April 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the things you need to decide when purchasing your flat iron is what plate size is best for your hair so that you get the best straightening performance possible with your new iron. Getting the right plate size for your hair type is important for the hair iron to optimally get the looks you are hoping for from your iron.

The best overall plate width for everyone is the one inch size. One inch plates are intended to straighten medium length hair but is a good catch all size for those looking for a versatile iron.

Of course if you have very thin hair you will want a smaller plate in order to best manage these thin locks. This smaller plate size is ideal also for very short hair since it makes getting those small amounts of hair easier to get into smaller half or three-quarter inch plates.

For those with really thick and very long hair larger plates can be used to straighten the hair. Hair of this type does not need the small minuet details from smaller plates and can be done quicker with the larger plates.

Getting the right size of plates for your hair will ensure that you have the right amount of hot plate to run down your hair but not so little that straightening your locks takes all day long.

Best African American Flat Irons

December 9, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

No matter what type of hair you have, you will be able to straighten your hair with a flat iron. In fact, even if you have notoriously thick and coarse African American hair, you do not need to resort to harsh chemical straighteners that will damage your hair, perhaps permanently. Not too mention all of the harsh fumes and long wait times while the chemicals set. No way. All you need is to choose from the best African American flat irons and you are on your way to beautifully sexy, sleek hair.

The best flat irons for African American hair have a few things in common. The first is that they must have ceramic or titanium plates. These plates will be smooth and won’t tug or tear at the hair. Ceramic plates also offer moist heat which helps to straighten the hair from the inside of the hair, out. Moist heat is much gentler on tough, coarse hair.

Another very important feature that all of the best African American flat irons have in common is that they utilize the power of tourmaline. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring element that has been found to be an amazing source of negative ions. As the hair iron plates pass across the hair, the negative ions enter each individual hair shaft, sealing each hair cuticle. By sealing each hair cuticle, your hair retains its natural oils and shine, allowing it to be healthier than ever before. Also, because each hair cuticle is closed, the hair lays flat against the head instead of looking frizzy and standing up all over the place which is a common complaint for African American’s who straighten their hair. You want the end result to be sexy, sleek hair, not frizzy damaged looking hair. This is why tourmaline is so important in a hair straightener. The tourmaline keeps your hair looking straight, and it will also be softer and more manageable than ever before.

Another feature that you will need to look for when you are searching for the best flat irons for African American hair is temperature control. Do not choose an iron that only has one setting because this is not a one size fits all solution. It is much better for thick, coarse hair to be able to adjust the heat setting in order to get the highest temperature. Most African American hair needs a high heat setting, but before you crank up the temperature, start lower and work your way up because every person has different hair and you do not want to apply a high heat if you don’t have to.

Forget about expensive, messy and harmful chemical hair straighteners. You can get a better result, faster by using a high quality hair straightener. Plus, you will be doing your hair a favor because by using the best hair irons for African American hair, you can actually improve the look of your hair.

Hair Straighteners – 10 Quick Tips for Straightening Hair

November 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Here the top 10 hair straightening tips to make sure you get the best results from your flat iron, every time!

1. Always make sure your flat iron plates are clean! Use a soft damp cloth on a cool iron to wipe away any residue.

2. Allow your flat iron to fully heat up to the set temperature before styling.

3. Blow dry hair straight before straightening hair and make sure hair is completely dry before hair straightening to avoid burning hair.

4. Use a heat protectant styling aid to keep hair healthy when using heated styling tools.

5. Section hair into layers so you can start with the back bottom layers of your hair and work your way up and around the head.

6. Straighten 1 inch sections of hair at a time.

7. Glide the iron SLOWLY down the section of hair for best results and to avoid having to go over the section of hair more than once.

8. If your hair is super curly, follow a comb with your flat iron down the section of hair during straightening to help smooth the hair.

9. Do not clamp the flat iron plates too tightly but do make sure you have a good grip on the hair as the pressure of the plates combined with the heat of the iron is what straightens the hair.

10. Make sure you are using a professional hair straightening iron! Checkout Choosing the Right Hair Straightener for You.

Getting the Best Flat Iron

October 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

There are several things you need to look at if you want a professional straightening iron that will not only get the job done well but will also work best for your hair type. Flat irons come in many sizes and materials plus each has different features, which they claim are the best ones to have.

For the most part professional flat iron plates are made with either ceramic of titanium and both claim to be the best for your hair. Of course both of them are perfectly fine for your hair and as long as both are solid and not coated they will be the best plate material for anyone’s hair. The size of the plate does not affect the irons straightening ability but for different hair types different plates are better. For those with lots of thick or really curly hair larger plates will get the job done quicker than smaller ones. While for those who have thin or short hair smaller plates will do a better job of straightening these pieces, which would slip out of a larger iron easier. The best irons will also have variable temperature settings so that you can customize the exact temperature setting you need to straighten your hair effectively.

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