When we straighten our hair, we are looking to give it shine and elegance. The point of two heated plates is to reduce the look of a frizzy snarly mess. When we use hair straighteners, we create a look that we always want our hair to have. Straightening is great for removing the frizz and giving a shinier look. There are rumors about straightening out there, though. Some people think that by straightening hair, we will permanently damage the follicle.
Everyone has their own opinion about everything. With hair straightening, there are opinions and then there are myths that have truths behind them. So many people think that styling with two heated plates is the worst thing in the world. Yes, this process has its cautions but I’m here to set the rumors straight about what’s bad and good. First off, the most heard about myth is that fact that by straightening hair daily, the hair will be permanently ruined. The truth: if you use a significant amount of heat protectant, your hair should be fine to style each day. The high temperatures of a straightener tend to scare people but as long as you use the appropriate settings and also use a protectant, your hair should be fine. You may also want to give it a day to breathe (away from the straightener) once a week or so, just to let things relax for a day.
Another myth is the difference between a professional ceramic straightener and a store-bought ceramic straightener. Some say if you use the more expensive, professionally designed straightener, you will give your hair a little more shine and it won’t be as harsh on the follicle. This is definitely not true. The truth is, ceramic is ceramic; you can’t get more damage from one kind than another. By using a store-bought ceramic plated straightener, you are not creating a more harsh kind of heat for your hair. The temperature of the straightener matters but not the kind of ceramic material that it’s made out of.
The last and most ridiculous myth I’ve heard deals with hair color. It has been said that the damage done to your hair from a straightener has a little something to do with the color of your hair… False! How could it have anything to do with color? Just because a woman has red hair does not mean she is going to get more split ends from her flat iron than her friend with brown hair. This makes no sense whatsoever and should not be taken seriously. The factor that effects hair the most is the amount of times you straighten over one piece of hair and the temperature setting that the iron is set on.
For every myth, there is a truth behind it. No matter what anyone says about the damage affect of a hair straightener, get back to the logic of your myth before you begin questioning things and deciding whether something is right or wrong. Not everything has to be bad for your hair, as long as you use the right, efficient steps to create your luscious locks.
For the most part using a flat iron to gorgeous smooth hair is relatively easy, it is not exactly rocket science to run your hair through the plates of a straightening iron to get the look you want. But getting salon quality results on that look is another story since the pros have some tips for getting hair absolutely smooth that someone just running the hair iron through their hair may not know. Of course anyone can learn these flat iron styling tips once they know what they are and put them into practice.
Knowing to ensure that your hair is completely tangle free and to use divide it off into sections using clips can greatly increase the effectiveness of your hair iron and help get the absolute smoothest results. Also make sure you are using the right temperature on your hair iron. Too low will not straighten effectively while too high will damage the hair and maybe even potentially burn the scalp. Plus using the right hair products from shampoos to conditioners and hair sprays can not only help the hair iron get better results but also to keep your hair healthy despite the styling demands you place on it.
When you leave the hair salon your newly straightened hair is probably shiny, sleek and amazing. But why is it that you cannot recreate that look with your own hair straightener? Ask yourself, what kind of hair straightener do you have at home? Do you have a cheap, drug store hair iron that doesn’t give you the results that you would like? Far too many women use a cheap hair iron that doesn’t do a good job straightening hair, and worse can actually damage the hair.
When it comes to hair straighteners, it’s very important that you choose a quality hair iron that will not damage your hair because straight hair isn’t very good if you’re breaking it and damaging it in the process.
When you are looking for a good hair iron, there are a few things that you have to look for. First, choose an iron that uses ceramic or titanium plates. Titanium hair irons generally combine the titanium with ceramic in order to get the best benefits. Ceramic hair straighteners are known for its amazing heat retention which means that it you don’t have to worry about any hot spots forming on the iron which could potentially burn your hair. Ceramic is the best material for maintaining heat so as well as not getting hot spots, you don’t have to worry about waiting for the iron to heat up between passes on your hair, so it’s fast and easy to use. Quality hair irons have heat sensors that sense the temperature a few times a second, which helps to regulate and keep the temperature constant.
Titanium plates on a hair straightener are very nice to use because they are as smooth as glass, so your hair simply slides along them. And these plates are as tough as steel, but extremely light so the iron is nice and easy to handle.
Another quality to look for in a professional grade hair straightener is the presence of tourmaline. Tourmaline is a naturally occurring mineral that has been discovered to be a natural source of negative ions. Negative ions penetrate each hair every time a tourmaline hair iron is passed through the hair, infusing each and every hair so that these hairs retain their moisture and lock in the natural color. Because tourmaline locks in the moisture and natural oils, your hair will look extremely healthy and naturally shiny, which is something a cheap hair iron can not do.
Professional quality hair straighteners will cost you slightly more than their cheaper counterparts that you can find in any drugstore, or Wal-Mart. But the difference in price is absolutely justifiable when you compare the difference that each iron makes to your hair. Cheaper irons may burn your hair, tear and pull it. They will not give you the results of smooth and shiny hair. Instead your hair will be standing up, frizzy, dried out, possibly torn and broken and maybe not even all that straight. It seems like an easy decision. When you want quality results, and beautiful hair – choose a professional hair straightener for your own personal use. There is absolutely no reason that your hair can’t look salon good every day.
If you use hair tools such as curling irons and hair straighteners then you know it is the heat, which forms the hair, as we want it to look. For the best results ceramic hair flat irons and curling irons are the most effective on getting those hot styles while not causing excess damage to the hair. Ceramic is much better at getting hot and staying the temperature you set it to be. So these irons will heat up quicker and will not have hot spots making your hair styling experience go smoother and quicker than if you use a iron made with lesser materials that will not hold the heat as well as ceramic.
Many women tend to allow the hot plates of a curling iron to remain in contact with their hair for too much time with each wrapping of the hair. Generally most hair will only need about five seconds of contact on a quality ionic curling iron in order to effectively curl. If your hair is not responding to five seconds worth of heat on the strands then you are either using too low a heat setting for your hair type or the curling iron is not effectively heating up to the temperature specified. To effectively curl your hair you need to increase the temperature or use a curling iron, which can effectively heat up to curl your hair properly.
Having fine thin hair almost seems like a curse. You try all the newest shampoos and conditioners that say they will change your hair into luscious thick locks. Well, after 37 years of trying them all I do believe not one of them made my hair thicker but some did in fact add body and or shine.
Things you should not do with thin fine hair:
- Do not shampoo everyday. Shampoo takes away the natural occurring oils that help in protecting thin fine hair.
- Do not blow dry from soaking wet. This will dry out your hair much quicker and your hair will become extremely damaged. After time it will look as though your hair is actually thinning out.
- Do not brush your hair from the top of your head to the bottom. This will cause breakage. Breakage happens when you rip through your hair, brushing too quickly. The shorter pieces of hair that are not as long as the others are broken hairs.
- Do not use conditioner after each and every shampoo. This will weigh your hair down.
- Do not deep condition too frequently, your hair will always be limp and lifeless.
- Do not color or perm too frequently, causes extreme damage after time.
- Do not use elastics or barrettes that are too tight on your hair, this causes breakage.
- Do not use the highest heating temperature on hair straighteners, or other heating elements. Causes the hair to actually burn.
Thing you should do with fine thin hair:
- Shampoo every second day or third if you can handle it. Your hair will start to get used the non-shampooing everyday and soon you will be able to leave it for 2 days before your next shampoo. The natural occurring oils that your hair produce help to keep it healthy and shiny for a noticeable difference every time you have your first shampoo style after the 2 day waiting period.
- Blow-dry when your hair is almost dry. Will keep your hair from becoming too dry and porous (porous is hair that is so dry that it has sucked up all the moisture. So although you may have just washed your hair it will be dry to the touch seconds later.)
- Brush from the bottom of your hair working up slowly and making sure to not rip through.
- Use a spray in conditioner (one that does not contain any alcohol) after at least 3 shampoos. This will prevent your hair from being weighed down from use of regular conditioners on a daily basis.
- Deep condition once MAYBE twice a month. Use a lightweight but effective deep conditioning. This will help to restore your hair’s natural balance and keep hair shiny and healthy in between hair stylist visits.
- If you are a perm /colour user, make sure that you are doing this every 3 months if not more and getting your 6 week trim after perm. So easy to dry out fine thin hair with perms and or colours. Try to maybe see about getting hair extensions as a replacement to this. They are not as expensive as they used to be and now have clip on ones where you can do them yourself.
- Use loose fitting elastics. Prevents breakage
- Always use the lowest temperature on any heating device. You will know which temperature is best for you after some practice, instead of starting with the hottest temperature and burning your hair.
Using a hair straightener varies from hair type to hair type. If you have the kind of hair that no matter what you do it always looks healthy and shiny then go ahead, straighten, perm, color, it simply wont matter….YOU ARE LUCKY! If you have thin fine hair, never ever use a hair iron on full temperature, or any other heating product for that matter, you will burn your hair. Also, never use any kind of heating element on your hair until it is fully dry. Your hair will melt, and you will see smoke coming up from the iron.
From my findings, only very VERY thick course hair, “ethnic” hair, or that exquisite type of hair where it just doesn’t matter what they do, can use the highest temperature. Also, with this type of hair a hair straightener can be used on damp hair. ( Some reviews I have read will state that this is the only way to, in the long run, straighten their hair)
It is simply trial and error, but there is one strain of hair that absolutely, positively, cannot endure the risks of too much heat or having your hair still damp during hot iron use. That is thin….fine….hair!. It’s sad, I know, but fine thin hair is always the one you have to be wary of, well there are the “over permed, colored, frizzy types of hair also! They too have to be careful and use low settings and have their hair completely dry before attacking it with the heat. Excessive blow drying along with the use of any heating product is going to cause damage. Always start small and climb! Better to have used the lowest setting and not have to toss that burnt chunk of hair in your trash bin!
Till next time Good Luck,
I wanted to do a quick post on how to use a hair straightener because I get quite a few emails from customers asking how to get the best results from their Karmin Professional Flat Iron. Also, I occasionally come across someone who has never used a hair straightener before so this is for those of you who want to know how you can use your hair iron to it’s fullest potential and get the best results every time!
*It is important that you know a few things before using your hair straightener, such as having clean hair and using a heat protectant to prevent from heat damage.
Once you know what you need to do before you start, you’re ready to use your flat iron! Turn it on to the desied temperature and as it heats up follow step 1.
Step 1. – Section clean, dry hair and pin up with hair clips.
Step 2. - Taking your flat iron in one hand, grab a 1″ section of hair from the first layer and starting as close to the roots as your are comfortable with, put the section of hair between the plates clamp your iron onto the hair. Slowly glide the iron down the section until you reach the ends of your hair.
Style tip - If you have super curly hair blow dry hair straight before using your flat iron and follow hair straightener on the section of hair with a comb to help smooth hair as you straighten it.
Style tip - If you want a super straight look, keep the iron straight and let the ends come out from the iron. If you want a bit of a flip at the ends twist the iron in a flipping motion either direction when you near the last inch of hair. Twisting the iron out will flip hair out, whereas flipping it in will flip hair under.
Super Straight Hairstyle
How To Flip Hair
Flipping Hair Out
Flipped Under Hairstyle
Flipped Out Hairstyle
Step 3 - Continue Step 2. over the rest of your hair, section by section. After completing one layer, let down the next and so on.
Step 4 - When you have completed your entire head of hair you can touch up any needed areas.
Step 5 - When you have your desired look set hair with an anti-frizz shine serum or flexible hold hairspray.
Style Tip - If this is your first time using a hair straightener and you are a little intimidated, try using the iron with the heat off or very low to get a good feel for the iron.