Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Flat Irons - tips and tricks!

Pictured:  GHD Birds of Paradise
Collection 1" Flat Iron
There are different kinds of hair straighteners. Choose the one that is right for your style: Ceramic: If you don’t want to burn your hair use a ceramic straighter.  Titanium: If you want to style hair within minutes, choose the titanium one because it heats up fastest.  Tourmaline: When you want a shinier, straighter look, you should choose tourmaline straighter.

When using a flat iron, the #1 best advice is: Make sure your hair is completely dry.  If you hear a sizzle, it's not!  The heat from a flat iron can break down the bonds in the hair, so use the lowest temperature setting for the style you want.  Most hair types do well between 275-375 F.  Your hair's texture will determine where you fall on that scale.  Finer hair needs a lower heat setting.

Use a heat protectant product.  They add moisture to your hair and prevent the natural moisture from evaporating.  They also form a protective barrier over the hair cuticle to help prevent damage and help your hair keep its shine.  If you don't have one, try KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray or Kenra Platinum Hot Spray 20.

Get the look! Get curls, waves or straight hair all with your flat iron!

Get straight, shiny hair.  Use the flat iron by sectioning your hair into at least 4 layers.  Use clips to keep the layers separated.  Then straighten a layer of your hair at a time. 


Add longer lasting curl to straight hair by rolling a strand into a coil, wrap it in foil and press it with a flat iron.

Create a cool crimp by starting with straight hair. Grab a one-inch section of hair and position your flat iron at the root.  Twist your wrist back and forth as you glide the iron all the way to your ends. 

Use your flat iron to seal in your temporary hair chalk.  Your temporary color will last longer.

Get sexy, undone curls by starting with the flat iron near your scalp.  Wrap a one-inch section around the flat iron plates as you simultaneously turn the flat iron away from your head (kind of like curling the ribbon with scissors).  Continue pulling the iron down the section of hair until you reach the ends.

Get textured, 2 day hair, even on freshly washed hair.  First lightly mist hair with a salt spray, like Tigi Catwalk Sessions Spray or Surface Swirl Sea Salt Spray, then loosely braid a few one-inch sections of hair around your face.  Run the flat iron over the braids, let cool, then undo them.

6 comments:

  1. It never dawned on me that I could use my flat iron for all of these. Very cool. I really love the tips about hair chalk and being able to use it to make curls!

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  2. Im guilty as charged. Every great once in a while I have tried a curling iron on wet hair. Will not be doing that again.

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  3. So many ways to use my flat iron that I never knew! Thank You for all the tips.

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  4. I think that I need to listen to the number one tip more often.. I never wait until my hair is dry! That's probably why I have so much breakage!

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  5. I'll have to try some of these tips! Thanks for the information.

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  6. These are nice tips and will check out the products as well

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