Tips from Hairdressers to Straighten Hair Safely at Home
Straightening your hair should be left to professionals. After all, you don’t want to expose your precious tresses to a temperature that they cannot handle. However, those last minute dates or outings with friends call for a quick hair straightening touch up, when you have no option but to reach out to your flat iron. To ensure that you do not damage your hair in the process, here are some tips straight from the experts.
Several women are guilty of just grabbing their hair and running a flat iron through it. Instead, you should section the hair out, so that you work on a small set at a time. It will ensure that all your hair strands are straightened out without unnecessarily exposing other strands to heat over and over again. Section your hair in three-four parts before beginning the straightening process.
Use a heat protectant
Always use a heat protectant on your hair before straightening it. You do not want straight hair at the cost of damaging your tresses. A heat protectant spray will keep your hair protected from the high temperature it is exposed to, and will also prevent frizz.
Pick the right straightener
Your sister’s straightener may not give you the same results it gives her. It’s because factors like your hair texture, thickness and the kind of hair straightener used, come into play and alter the results. If you have fine hair, a ceramic straightener with narrow plates will work well for you. However, if your hair is thick and wavy, invest in a straightener with wide plates (preferably titanium). Also, try to find a straightener with varying heat settings.
Straighten dry/damp hair, not wet hair
You end up causing a lot of damage to your hair when you straighten it while it is wet. Plus it only leads to frizz. Wait for your hair to dry at least 80 percent before pulling out the straightener. Let your hair dry naturally, instead of using a blow dryer on it.
Prepare your hair
Wash your hair with a smoothing shampoo before straightening, it will ease the process. Dirty, unwashed hair may also be difficult to work with and may not stay straight for long.
Be wary of the temperature
You want to straighten your hair to make it appear sleek, so make sure you do not fry it. Your hairdresser may be relying on a certain temperature while straightening your hair at the salon. However, when you do it at home by yourself, keep the temperature restricted to the medium setting. Remember the tools used by you and your hairdresser are different. Most importantly, you are not a professional.
Straightening your hair after spraying some heat protectant on it helps prevent damage associated with heat styling. However, avoid straightening your hair everyday; give your tresses some time to recover from the process. If you rely on heat styling, also make an effort to provide plenty of nourishment to your hair by applying natural repairing and moisturising masks once a week.