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How do I know if I am using a Hair Straightener Right?

June 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

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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! burnt-hair.jpg

Till next time Good Luck,

Niki

Tips for Cleaning Your Hair Straightener

April 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

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It’s important to take care of your Professional Hair Straightener if you want it to last longer and continue to work at its best. When using your flat iron residue from hair products get stuck to the plates and this can cause damage to your hair as the product will burn with the high heat when you use your iron.

Here are some Tips for Cleaning Your Hair Straightener;

1. Always make sure your iron is off, unplugged and cool before cleaning.

2. Use a soft, damp, clean cloth to wipe the plates and dry with a soft, clean, dry cloth.
3. If product is built up in the edges of your iron use either a dry q-tip or your fingernail covered with tissue or a cloth to clean the edges. NEVER use anything sharp or pointy to clean the plates on your iron as this can scratch the plates.

4. For the best results, after using your iron, unplug it, let it cool and wipe it down (as in step 1) after every use. This way you don’t have to worry about product buildup which can become harder to clean the longer you wait.

5. Read your manual for other advice on cleaning and caring for your hair straightener.

To ensure that you get smooth, silky and shiny results from your hair straightener take care of your hair iron. It is also a good idea to make sure that you know what is important before using a hair straightener to help maintain the healthiest hair possible.

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