If you have curly hair, you know that it can be a pain to deal with on a daily basis. The best way to tame it is by using a flat iron. Here are 5 tips for using your flat iron like a pro:
Gather Your Tools
- A flat iron. This is the most important tool you’ll use in straightening your hair, so buy a good one. I like this one because it’s affordable, easy to use and works quickly—and it comes with some helpful extras like heat-resistant glove and heat-resistant mat. (You can read more about those here.)
- A brush. Use this to smooth down any rough spots before you begin using your flat iron; there will be plenty of time for styling later on! I recommend this one because it works well in conjunction with your flat iron and has an affordable price point as well.
- Hair spray or mousse/gel – depending on what type of hold you want out of this product (soft or firm). I personally prefer hairspray because it gives me more control over how high my waves sit naturally (which is usually somewhere between shoulder level and eye level). If you’re looking for something less permanent though—or if gel makes your hair look too shiny—may I suggest trying mousse instead? It tends not to get sticky like gels tend do after several hours’ worth of wear time; however both types can provide great shine if applied correctly!
Clean And Detangle Your Hair
After you’ve applied your flat iron heat protectant spray, it’s time to detangle.
A wide-tooth comb is the most effective way to detangle hair. A wide-tooth comb will gently remove any knots and tangles in your hair without pulling on it or causing breakage. To use a wide-tooth comb, start at the bottom of your head where the strands are thinnest and work your way up toward the roots as you brush each section of hair with a slight outward motion. This prevents tangles from forming while brushing through them! It’s important not to pull too hard on any particularly stubborn knots because doing so can damage the follicle and cause split ends later on down the road (ouch!). How Tall is Lil Uzi
If you are having difficulty getting through all those snarls with just a regular old brush or comb then consider using an anti-static styling tool like this one by Denman instead! No matter what kind of damage has been done beforehand there’s always hope for revival; just remember that patience is key when dealing with damaged locks!
Divide Into Sections
Now that you have a better understanding of how to use your flat iron, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty details.
First and foremost: Divide your hair into sections. This can be done in a variety of ways, but we recommend using a rat tail comb or other similar tool to divide your hair down the middle from ear to ear. Then, divide each half into an additional six sections by gently parting it with the comb and creating three rows of two sections apiece (these will be referred to later as “rows”).
You might think it would be easier just to start at one side and go all around your head—and sure enough, some people prefer this method—but we find that when you use smaller sections like this (roughly 1/2 inch wide), they’re easier to manage than larger ones because they’re less likely get tangled up and stuck together while straightening them with heat. Plus they help distribute heat more evenly through the length of each strand of hair so it doesn’t burn or overheat any particular area too much before moving on elsewhere on its journey toward being perfectly smooth!
Straighten Each Section
Next, you’ll want to divide your hair into sections. Use the comb to separate different parts of your hair until you’ve got all the locks in place.
Flat ironing each section separately will ensure that it gets heated evenly and doesn’t burn any part of your head. If one section is overheated, it could result in a noticeable kink or wave forming at that spot.
Make sure that you use a heat protectant before applying any kind of heat to your hair (flat irons included). The product should prevent damage from occurring once heated—it won’t protect against physical trauma like getting hit by lightning or dropping an electric appliance on yourself, but for day-to-day activities like this one, it should work fine!
Don’t forget about thermal protectors as well; these are especially important if there’s going to be a lot of time between applying something hot (e.g., using an iron) and putting something cold (e.g., washing off shampoo). Thermal protectors help keep things smooth without acting as fuel for frizziness or tangles later on down the road!
Maintain Your Flat Ironed Hair
Now that your hair is straight, it’s time to keep it that way. To make sure your flat ironed hair stays smooth and shiny all day long, follow these tips:
- Use a heat protectant spray before using a flat iron on dry hair (it’ll help prevent damage).
- Use a hair serum after drying your hair with the iron (this will help with frizz).
- Try using a deep conditioning mask once a week to keep your locks healthy and strong. It’s especially helpful if you have stubbornly kinky or curly tresses!
- Treat yourself to an at-home spa treatment once every two weeks or so by applying an oil like coconut oil to wet strands before wrapping them up in an old towel for around thirty minutes (this helps seal moisture into the strands). Be sure not overdo this one though—you don’t want greasy-looking locks!
Use a flat iron to straighten your hair.
A flat iron is a type of hair straightener. It has plates with holes in them, which look like the grid on an ironing board. Hair gets stuck between the plates and stretched out; the result is smoother, straighter hair than you’d get from just using your hands or a regular curling iron.
The best flat irons for black women have tourmaline-coated plates and adjustable heat settings so that you can choose how hot to go during each pass through your hair when you’re styling it. For example, if you have coarse or curly hair—or even fine hair but lots of it—you might want a higher setting to help smooth out those coarsenesses and curls while still keeping them bouncy and healthy looking (if that’s what you’re going for).
While straightening your hair with a flat iron can be a daunting task, it’s worth the effort. The results are amazing and will have people asking you what products you use on your hair! From start to finish, this process can take about three hours for long hair. But if you want to get it right the first time around, just follow these tips and tricks from our expert stylist.