Perfecting the Flat Iron

Do you want beautifully straight hair? A flat iron can help you get the results you want.

We love flat-ironed hair for anything from a day at work to a date night. Ready to learn how to use this popular styling tool on your own hair? Keep reading to learn more!

Using a Flat Iron

If you don't know how to use this tool correctly, you could damage your hair from the heat. Fortunately, it's easy to iron your hair safely if you know what you're doing. Let's take a closer look at what you'll need to know.

1. Choosing the Right Tool

The iron that you choose will make a big difference in the results you get.

It's usually best to pick an iron that has a ceramic plate, rather than a metal one. The ceramic plates are better at diffusing heat well and don't damage the hair the way metal plates do.

If you want to straighten your hair a lot, you'll definitely want the ceramic plate, but this is also a good choice any time you want to avoid doing damage to your precious locks.

It's easy to find the ones with ceramic plates - they will clearly say so since this is a major selling point for the manufacturer. If you're new to doing your hair, look for a plate that's 1.5 inches or less, since those are easier to work with.

Top-quality flat irons usually run about $50 to $100. Don't go too cheap, since these won't be constructed well and could damage your hair or even burn you.

2. Prepping Your Hair

Next, your hair will need a bit of prep work before you straighten it. Make sure to pick up a product that protects the hair from heat damage, and apply it before you get to work with your iron.

Apply product while your hair is damp, then blow-dry it before straightening. Your hair has to be completely dry before you straighten it, otherwise, you'll cause more damage.

3. Using Your Iron

Now, it's time for the work to start.

Begin with the bottom layer of your hair, and clip up the rest of the hair until you're ready to work with it. You can't straighten all your hair at once!

Ideally, you'll run the iron over each section of hair just one time. If you need more than one pass, use smaller sections of hair.

Iron your hair in one-inch sections, starting as close to the scalp as you can without getting burned. Hold your hair taut as you run the iron to the ends. Check the directions for the right heat setting and how long to hold it in each section.

Ready to Try It?

Anyone can flat iron their hair! With a little bit of practice, this will become one of your favorite ways to style your hair for any occasion.

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