6 Flat Ironing Tips to Keep Your Strands Healthy
Refrain from products that are sticky or tacky such as hairspray. Hairsprays and other tacky textured products can cause the iron to stick to the hair or create dampness. Unless your iron is specifically made for damp hair, flat ironing hair that has any indication of dampness may cause serious damage!
Why is flat ironing damp hair a don’t? An analogy to keep in mind is ironing damp clothes – this increases the chances of burning a hole in your clothes and enforces wrinkles. The outcome is similar for hair.
ALWAYS use a thermal heat protectant spray that is specifically designed to use with heat tools with temperatures that go as high as 450 degrees. Our favorite is Seven Haircare Heat Defense, spraying from root to ends, then combed through prior to using your flat iron, because it provides maximum heat protection for your hair. It also adds shine and provides a little hold, too.
Taking thick sections is a major don't. The challenge is that the heat from the iron will not penetrate through all the hair within the section, straightening only the areas that the plates touch; the exterior parts. We end up compensating for this by passing the iron over the section several times which causes excessive heat on the outer parts of the section and only partly affecting the internal of the section. The result of this is an inconsistent style with potential damage to the hair by excessively placing heat on the hair.
A good example is cooking a steak. You place the steak on a hot grill or surface, searing the edges, but keeping the inside pink and warm. Yes, this is a great tasting steak, but the inside does not receive the same amount of heat as the outside.
Alternatively, when you roast a steak using low heat for a longer period of time then you get even temperature throughout the steak.
"Skinny up" your section. Smaller sections will create a faster way to get a more even result! ¼-inch to ½-inch sections are recommended and never take a section that is wider than the length of your plates.
Use horizontal sections. Why not? Horizontal sections tend to create flat, lifeless styles. Although straight and smooth hair is what we're going for, most people still want some volume and bounce.
Use diagonal sections. Diagonal sections create roundness and that leads to more volume. Small diagonal sections will reinforce smoothness while keeping bounce and movement.