The salon seems to be the only place you end up with a fab blowout, but a flat iron can give you gorgeous, straight hair at home. Make sure you pick a high quality straightening tool for the best results.
Once you have a great flat iron, it’s important to avoid common mistakes that many women make when straightening their hair. Ensure you enjoy perfectly beautiful straight styles by avoiding the following mistakes.
① The Mistake: You Skip Heat-Protectant Spray
Heat can quickly damage your hair, but heat-protectant spray helps to minimize damage. If you’re skipping the heat-protectant before styling your hair with heat, you’re going to end up damaging your hair.
Before you use heat, make sure you use a heat-protectant on damp, clean hair to ensure you don’t do any lasting damage to your locks.
② The Mistake: You Use The Lowest Heat Setting
Since heat damages hair, you may be only using low heat to avoid damage. Unfortunately, this is a mistake because you may end up having to go over hair several times to get good results, which means you’re exposing hair to more heat.
Going with a higher temperature works better since you should be able to straighten hair in one pass. If you have thick hair, go with the high heat, or medium heat for finer hair.
③ The Mistake: You Pull Your Iron Down As You Straighten
When using a flat iron on your own hair, it’s easy to pull hair down as you straighten. Unfortunately, this may cause your hair to look flat and limp.
For better volume, start as close to the roots as you can, and then pull hair up with the iron as you work. You’ll get better volume around the crown, ensuring you have a nice body to go with your sleek, straight hairstyle.
④ The Mistake: You’re Not Brushing Hair First
Sometimes it takes more time to smooth an area with your iron if you don’t brush your hair first.
Before straightening a section, brush the section to make sure any knots are eliminated. This allows you to get better results faster.
⑤ The Mistake: You Don’t Let Your Hair Cool
Heat is important. It helps you style your hair. But allowing your hair to cool lets the style set. If you’re not letting hair cool before you place it in a clip or in a ponytail, the style won’t set well.
Give hair a few minutes to cool before you do anything else with it, which will make your straight style last longer.
⑥ The Mistake: You Never Take Time to Clean the Flat Iron
It’s amazing how many people forget to clean their flat iron from time to time. Over time, styling products, such as heat-protectant spray, end up building up on the tool.
As buildup increases, it may end up creating residue that snags hair. Regularly clean the iron for better results.