This is one of the most asked questions we hear from our clients. "If I straighten my hair myself it never appears so shine and smooth like done by my hairdresser".
As your hairdresser for Brisbane´s northern suburbs as well as the Redcliffe and Caboolture Area we thought we should provide you with a few easy to follow tips and instructions to straighten your hair like a pro.
Picking The Right Size Flat Iron
Flat irons are like clothes, a specific item would not suit two people. For that reason, you must pick an iron on the basis of the length and thickness of your hair. The right iron will be easy to handle, can straighten your hair effectively and with minimum time, while also avoid the risk of over-heating and cause burn-ends. Women with short and thick hair must use straightening irons that have narrow plates ranging in sizes from half-an-inch to one-inch. This will allow them to iron small sections of their hair.
And for women with long and thick hair, they must use straightening irons with wider plates that range in sizes from one-and-a-half inches to two inches wide, so they can cover more surface area in less time. Another cautious advice is to be weary of the weight of your iron, If it weighs more than two pounds then your arm will throb which will make the process even more difficult to complete.
Select The Right Heat Setting
The heat setting of your straightening iron should be determined by your hair texture and type. Most professionals work with straightening irons that have variable heat setting options, but if you’re on a tight budget and have purchased a drugstore iron, they can only be set on a higher, workable temperature which is only suitable for hair that has an average density. Hairstylists advise that purchasing a hair straightener that has variable heat settings was mandatory because if your iron caters to your needs then there is a lesser chance for hair damage to occur. The specific hair temperatures for types of hairs are:
For fine or damaged hair: 250-300 degrees
For medium/average hair: 300-350 degrees
For thick or coarse hair: 350-400 degrees
Use The Right Material
The best types of straightening irons to use on your hair are the ones that use ceramic, tourmaline and titanium metals. These are considered gentler on your hair because they release negative ions which work to tighten the hairs cuticle, which produces a shinier, healthier and less frizzy look. However, its best to stay away from straightening irons that are ceramic-coated or Teflon-coated as they will heat more unevenly and cause a more drying effect.
Prep Your Hair Properly
Before you begin to straighten your hair, you must first prep it for the heat it’s about to undergo through.
Clip your blow-dried hair into various sections. The thicker your hair is, the more sections you should make. Start from the bottom half of your head near the nape of your neck and divide it according to half-an-inch to two inch section of each hair.
Starting half-an-inch down from your roots (this will help your hair maintain some volume), quickly smooth the iron down the hair shaft making sure to move at a steady pace. Continue this until you have straightened the bottom and mid-sections of your head.
For the final sections near the crown of your head, lift hair off your scalp and get the iron as close to your roots as possible, pressing firmly while drawing the iron straight outward from your head to achieve a flat, smooth finish.
Get A Voluminous Straight Look
For a fuller, more voluminous look, you will want to hold the iron a bit differently to iron from the mid-shaft to ends, still moving the iron straight out to the sides, lifting from the scalp. As a rule, I do not drag the iron down when working, because it tends to put creases in the hair if you are going against the growth pattern. For added flip, twist your wrist slightly away from your face once you've reached the end of a straightened section for a bit of bounce. Mist with a shine spray or flexible hold hairspray.
If you have any question regarding maintaining, straightening or styling your hair, please do not hesitate to contact us to get help and advice how to straighten your hair like a pro. Tamara´s ScissorHands is your hairdresser for Brisbane´s northern suburbs as well as the Redcliffe and Caboolture Area.