Which girl does not want a perfect blowout that looks like you just stepped out of the salon? However, it is impractical to keep going to the salon to achieve a super-straight hair without frizz. For these days, you need to whip out the flat iron. This hot tool, despite being fairly basic in most women’s hair styling kit, can be a double-edged sword, though. If you do not know the proper ways to use it, you can only be using it to cause damage rather than enhancing the beauty of your hair.
To begin with, you need to know the common mistakes that a lot of women are guilty of. Make sure you are not an offender or else you could be seeing your hair gradually deteriorate with every use of this hot tool.
Not Using Heat Protection Spray.
Skipping the heat protection when you flat iron (or use any other heat styling tool) is like asking for disaster. Hence, you should NEVER skip it. Spray heat protection on your locks (ideally on damp hair) to provide shield against the high level of temperature on this tool.
Using the Lowest Heat Setting.
On the flip side, using a very low setting on your flat iron is not good either. When you use a low heat setting, it means that you need to run the flat iron on your hair multiple times. If you have fine hair and are scared to go too high on the setting, just use medium heat setting. Your goal is to optimise every pass on the flat iron.
Pulling the Flat Iron Down.
This is a fairly common habit by women when using the flat iron to straighten their hair. However, you need to refrain from doing so because it can make your hair fall flat. You need to stay close to your roots when straightening hair with a flat iron then pull the hair up as you go. This is a great technique for boosting volume in your hair so you can get body as well.
Not Using a Brush.
It is imperative to use a brush as you flat iron your hair. This helps to eliminate any tangles that had formed along the way, which also maximises every stroke of the flat iron. Brushing while you smoothe out hair using a flat iron can also save you time as you do not have to keep going back to the same section of hair.
Failure to Clean Your Flat Iron.
Regularly cleaning your hair styling tools (just like your makeup brushes) is a must. Various products can build up on the plate over time. These residues can snag at your hair and resulting to breakage. Hence, make sure you perform regular cleaning to ensure precision styling every time.
Are you guilty of committing these flat iron mistakes?