9 Flat Iron Don’ts
Are you addicted to your flat iron? I know we are! What’s not to love about turning your frizzy hair sleek and smooth? The problem is, if you are not using your flat iron correctly, you are damaging your hair. There is a big difference between silky smooth locks and fried damaged ones.
9 Flat Iron Mistakes Many of Us Are Guilty of Making:
- You set the heat too high.
Most of us are GUILTY of this! We crank the heat up as high as it will go. Well, you shouldn’t. Yes, it works much faster, but it is also damaging your hair more quickly.
- You don’t let your hair cool.
Let your hair cool down so it can relax for a few minutes before you pull it back in a ponytail or bun.
- You don’t section it.
Sectioning your hair is important. It guarantees you won’t straighten the same pieces over and over causing repeated damage to the same hair.
- You hear a sizzle.
If you ever hear your hair sizzle, STOP immediately! This is the ultimate in hair damage. Make sure hair is completely dry before straightening.
- You don’t clean your flat iron.
Products can build up on it causing it to snag and pull your hair.
- You use the wrong products.
Help your flat iron out by using shampoos and conditioners that will help make your hair sleek and smooth.
- You set the temperature too low.
We know we said having the heat setting to high ruins your hair, but so does setting it too low! Medium to medium-high is the best temperature. If it’s too low, you will have to straighten pieces more than once.
- You don’t brush it first.
After sectioning, you will want to brush each section to get the kinks and knots out.
- You don’t pre-treat your hair.
Thermal protectors really do work! They shield your hair from heat and help prevent damage.