By now, you probably get the idea about using the right hair maintenance products, like your blow dryer and your curling iron. Well you can add a good flat iron to the list! Once again, when dealing with heat, you want to go with ceramic. The ceramic plates produce gentle and infrared ionic heat, but at the same time, it won’t destroy your hair. If you purchase a product like the CHI Turbo Ceramic Hairstyling Iron 1, it is one that won’t be disposed of anytime soon. It may seem a little pricey (around $90 dollars or slightly more), but the continuous quality results are well worth it.
Regardless of which flatiron that you decide on, you will still want to prep your hair before adding this kind of heat to it. You can do things beforehand to protect it from the danger of thermal damage. If you plan to flat iron your hair, when you wash it, use a smoothing shampoo and conditioner. There are many of them on the market. You should also spray your hair with a thermal heat protectant. These types of products are specifically developed to help protect your hair from heat damage.
REMINDERS: When flat ironing your hair, remember to section it off into manageable areas again, after blow drying it. Keep it simple and use three sections; top, middle, and the bottom (back). Clip your hair and start at the bottom, by picking up only about an inch and a half section of hair at a time. Start straightening about a half inch down from the actual roots. This is how you manage to keep some of your hair’s natural volume, in spite of the heat.
As you run the flat iron quickly down the hair shaft be sure not to spend too much time on one section. This will cause you to apply too much heat.
Just continue the process until the bottom and middle section of your hair is done. When you get to the final section (the top). this time start as close to your scalp as possible. This will allow you to achieve a flatter and smoother finish that will last for days until your next styling treatment.