5 Best Hair Straightening Tips When Using Flat Iron July 25, 2016

Setting It Straight And Right!

Ask any girl, which is your favorite hair styling tool? Hair Tong is what you will get to hear.

Hair Tong, also known as a flat iron or a hair straightener, is a heating tool used to get the desired shape of the hair. If you think that this wonderful creation is a thing of the modern times, you are wrong.

The concept of this must-have hair styling tool was developed in as early as the 1800s. The ladies then too were fashion conscious. In fact, they were much more aware than what you or I might be today. With time, the tool evolved in every way. Today it has the most modern appearance and is extremely user-friendly. But even with all the benefits of this tool, there are some problems faced by everyday users.

If you’re a regular user of a hair straightener like I am, I am sure you experience days when the straightening just never comes right. I put those days under the ‘bad hair day’ category. However, I have lately realized that it could be either the wrong technique or the wrong product that is responsible. Whatever the reason, it is frustrating to get poor results.

Here is how you can get it right!

Straightening Tips While Using A Flat Iron

1. Get The Start Right

Never start before your flat iron is fully hot. Always make sure that your hair tong is at the right temperature. The logic here is – a flat iron is supposed to do its job well only when it properly heated. Failing to do this, you will end up with hair curls after just a few hours.

2. Clean It To Maintain It

Make sure your flat iron is clean and well-maintained. This is to be treated like any other device. Dust always hampers the heat and affects the result adversely. So clean and maintain it well otherwise, you will not be able to get the straightening right. If not cleaned well, dust, grime, and grease will stick to your hair – making hair damage easier. Plus it will make your hair clump together. You must also wash your hair well.

3. Comb It Right

Brush or comb your hair well before you begin ironing. Then again, if your hair is very curly, it is a good idea to comb in between straightening. This helps get the shape right and holds it for longer.

4. Always Start Backwards

Make sure you start with the back of your head always. Then slowly, work to the front. Ideally, the hair in your front should be the last thing to be straightened, and most even professionals vouch for this hair straightening tip.

5. One Inch At A Time

Each time you divide your hair into different sections to straighten your hair, go for one-inch sections of hair at a time. Take one-inch section and iron it well. Don’t lose patience. It is okay to go slow – this will let you have perfect and long lasting straight hair.

So these were some of the least spoken off and yet most relevant hair straightening tips for people who love straightened hair.

Use hydrating shampoo and conditioner for your hair if you use the flat iron every day. We also advise you to opt for a ceramic-plated hair straightener. This will lessen the damage, reduce frizz and give better results. Always use a heat protectant before you start straightening.

Which Tools Should Be Present In The Hair Straightening Kit?

Here are a few tips to follow while purchasing your hair straightening kit:

1. Hair Iron

Hair Iron

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Of course, the most important tool to consider in a hair straightening kit is the hair iron! While looking for a hair iron, select the one that is the best in the market. It does not matter if you go for an expensive one. The most important feature that you must look for is the temperature control. If you can control the temperature, you can easily style your hair straight or can acquire any other look you want.

[ Read: Best Hair Straightening Brushes]

2. Clips For Sectioning

Clips For Sectioning

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It is always easier to straighten your hair in sections, as this will lend volume to the hair. Frizzy hair has more volume than straight hair. But, if the straightening process is followed correctly, then you can have a nice bumpy finish to your style. Always go for different clips and make them a part of your kit.

3. Hair Brush

Hair Brush

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Another component that is a must in your hair straightening kit is the right hair brush. There is no particular brush for hair straightening, but the right choice of brush is an important factor. There are several brushes to choose from the ones available in the market. The metal core round brush is one of the best hair brushes. It will help you to untangle those curls. Brush with soft bristles is also necessary. It will help straighten up the hair as you go pulling down the iron to get the right bend.

4. A Hair Dryer

A Hair Dryer

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A hair dryer is a girl’s best friend. It will give your hair a permanent base to settle when using a hair straightening gel or lotion with the iron. The hair dryer will make your hair look bouncy. It will also help cool your hair down at the time of using a hot iron for hair straightening.

5. Flat Rollers

Flat Rollers

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Flat rollers come in different varieties. The best one is that which has various functions, which can also easily untangle your hair. Rollers may come with different attachments. You can use the rollers for acquiring different styles. There are a variety of brands that sell differently priced, easy-to-use rollers. The choice is yours. Pick one according to your need. You can try different hairstyles in addition to hair straightening with the presence of these things in your hair straightening kit.

These are some of the major components that you must look for while purchasing a hair straightening kit. There are many choices available in the market. Do not hesitate to do some research before spending your money. Many brands will promise to give you straight hair within few minutes. But, don’t go for the name. Always give importance to your priorities. These precious pieces in our kit help to enhance our beauty to a great extent. But, it is important to know how to keep your hair safe and sound. The best style you can give your hair is by taking good care of it. Don’t just follow the trend. Go for your own style!

Keep these simple tips in mind next time you straighten your hair. Share more tips for straightening hair, if any. Or write into us in comments below to let us know if you liked this post.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/nehaa/ nehaa

    Thanks poorna sure i’ll try this tips :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/poornabanerjee/ Poorna Banerjee

      most welcome. Do try and let me know if this helps.

  • Kriti

    Poorna, Very nice article.. all the points are useful.. but i guess we should even use serum to avoid those unwanted dryness.. However, its best to avoid those unwanted chemicals.. :)

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Mia, before straightening your hairs you can try applying hair masks to make them straight naturally. You can try Mayonnaise hair pack or avocado/ banana hair mask to treat frizzy hair. These hair masks provides much required moisture to your hair and keep them straight for a longer time.