Flat irons are the perfect tools for creating an effortless, straight look in little time. However, common flat iron mistakes can lead to damaging results that can only be fixed by a hair cut. By learning what mistakes you are making and how to adjust them, you will learn how to achieve the look you want without the damage to your hair. There are three common flat iron mistakes that you can avoid to achieve better results.
1. One of the most common flat iron mistakes is not using a heat protectant
A heat protectant should be used when adding any type of heat tool to your hair routine. This includes blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, ect. The heat from these tools is the number 1 cause of damage to hair. Heat causes hair to become dry and brittle. If the damage becomes too severe, it can cause breakage and split ends. A heat protectant applies a heat-resistant barrier between the hair and the heat tool. There are a number of types of heat protectants. These include balms, oils, and sprays. Refer to your stylist’s advice on which heat protectant would be best for your hair type and routine.
2. Using overly large sections can skew your results
Many people run a flat iron through their hair without sectioning. While the flat iron will straighten the hair, the results will cause more damage to the hair shaft. Create a section about the width of the iron and comb through the hair before straightening. Smaller sections will allow you to control the hair you are working on. You are able to control the direction you want the hair to flow and the amount of heat you are applying to each section of hair. Those with frizzy or curly hair will need to create smaller sections to achieve a straighter, smoother result.
3. Misuse of the temperature dial can result in overheating
One temperature does not fit all. Most flat irons are made with an adjustable temperature feature. This allows you to change how hot the iron will get depending on your hair type and texture. Those that have thinner hair or a fine texture will need to use a lower temperature to avoid overheating of the hair follicle. Those that have thicker or a coarse texture will need to use a higher temperature for the heat to manipulate the hair follicle. If you are unsure of your hair type or what temperature to use, refer to your stylist’s guidance on how to proceed.
Flat iron guidelines
Invest in a good flat iron that has an adjustable heat setting. Run the flat iron slowly through smaller sections of combed hair for a smoother look. Product build-up may cause your flat iron to catch in the hair and will need to be cleaned. If the flat iron is not kept clean, it will be unable to evenly distribute heat through each section.
For the best results, avoid damaging your hair by correcting these common mistakes. Knowing how to properly use this heat tool will allow you to create the effortless look you are wanting without compromising the integrity of your hair. With the right tools, hair products, and a routine trim, you can achieve a healthy-looking style.