Majority of the time we are actually using these styling tools in a further more damaging way. The incorrect use can have significant side effects on not only our luscious locks but on ourselves. I can’t even count the number of times I have burnt my fingers or blistered the tip of my ear, trying to straighten every strand of hair perfectly. Or even left the straightener on and caused permanent damage to bed sheets and clothes. I still haven’t learnt my lesson. So I don’t want you girls to make the same mistakes.
Although straightening your hair is not rocket science you will be surprised at how many of us are doing it wrong. Here are a few tips to use these heating tools safely and get the most effective results with the least amount of damage.
- Make sure your hair is thoroughly washed before hand
- Hair should be completely dry. Preferably naturally dried to avoid using the blow dryer (when naturally drying hair do it from the tips to the roots)
- Spray dry hair with anti heat spray
- Look for a ceramic flat iron (cheaper products are not usually as effective as ceramic coating distributes heat evenly)
- To get equal heat exposure, divide hair strands
- Apply heat for no more than 15-20 seconds on each strand
- Give it a few seconds to cool down before straightening the same strand
- Leave and inch from the root from where you apply the straightener
- Adjustable temperature is a plus, try keep it below 300