Let’s talk about some super important things you need to know about straightening your hair!
…because if you straighten your hair every day, you know what havoc can be wreaked by pressing your hair between two hot metal plates.
In fact, it strips your hair of moisture, weakens it, and leaves it susceptible to split ends and damage.
On top of that, your hair could end up being way too frizzy or way too flat if you don’t style it correctly.
Sounds pretty rough, right?
It can be, but there’s no need to worry. Here are five of my absolute favorite tips for straightening your hair! Get ready, because they’ll totally change the game.
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#1: Use a Hair Straightener Brush
It heats up super fast, it’s super easy to use, and it cuts down on styling time. It’s as simple as brushing your hair, but it also leaves your hair feeling silky and straight… almost like you just used a flat iron.
This brush uses ionic technology to eliminate frizz and add shine without causing extra damage. If you straighten your hair daily, I really recommend giving this method a try!
#2: Wash Your Hair First
Here’s the thing… when your hair isn’t clean, it’s dirty. It’s full of dirt, oil, and grime… and guess what? When you press that dirty hair between hot plates, the nastiness gets cooked into your hair and/or causes it to burn.
Furthermore, dirty hair becomes really frizzy when straightened.
I know it can be a pain to wash your hair all the time… but if you want amazing results, stick with clean hair.
Tip #3: Protect Your Hair
I think it’s pretty obvious to say that smashing your hair between two hot metal plates isn’t great for it.
The high temperatures can evaporate the moisture, dry the hair out, and lead to breakage.
However, using a high-quality heat protectant adds a layer of protection to your hair. It literally creates a barrier between your hair and the tool, seals in moisture, and even reduces frizz.
If you straighten your hair often, this is a no-brainer.
Tip #4: Get The Temperature Right
Hair straighteners usually come equipped with different heat settings, but have you ever wondered which one is best? …and, no, you shouldn’t just go as hot as possible.
Here’s the thing… if you have fine hair, you should be using a much lower temperature. This will protect your hair from unnecessary damage. In fact, you probably won’t need more than 300 degrees.
On the other hand, coarse hair won’t budge unless you scorch it with crazy high temps (350-400 degrees).
Check the manufacturer’s directions to see what temperature settings are best for your hair type!
Tip #5: Pull Your Hair Up To Give It Volume
I love this tip because it’s so simple, yet so overlooked.
If you want to add a little bit of extra bounce to your hair, pull it straight up as you straighten it. This pushes your roots up and leaves you with a ton of extra volume.
It’s definitely not good for your hair, but damage can be prevented with a little bit of care and practice.
They aren’t necessarily bad when used correctly. However, they need to be used with care, and precautions need to be taken to avoid damage.
It’s best to let your hair rest when able to. If you don’t need to straighten your hair, you should give it a break. If you do need to straighten every day, look into a good heat protectant spray or a less-damaging way to straighten your hair.
Even though straightening your hair can be daunting at times, there are a few tricks to make it way easier. Cutting down on damage and helping your hair look it’s best should be your top priority.
Incorporate these simple tricks into your routine, and your hair will thank you!
Until next time,
Your Turn: What do you think about these hair straightening tips? Do you use any of them when you’re straightening your hair? Should I add anything else to this list? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
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