Hair straighteners are perfect for achieving a smooth, sleek style, and you can use them for creating curls too. However, using hair straighteners on a regular basis can damage your hair, leaving it dry and dull. Here are some practical tips on how to straighten your hair without ruining it.
If your hair is inclined to frizz or you have trouble controlling flyaways, try using a tiny amount of shampoo only on the roots of your hair. When you rinse, use tepid water and allow the suds to run down through the length. Apply a smoothing conditioner all over, allow it to soak in for 10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly. This technique prevents frizzing, meaning that you won't need to use your straighteners as often to 'freshen-up' your 'do', and damage is therefore reduced.
Note here that straightening serums should not be applied to wet hair, as they can cause oiliness and your style won't last as long.
Straightening your hair
When choosing a set of straighteners, always buy the best quality that your budget will allow. Ceramic straighteners are generally regarded as the best option, as they are less damaging for your hair than cheaper chrome ones. A good hairdressing supplies store will have a wide range of straighteners and complementary products to choose from.
Before you begin straightening your hair, it's important to make sure that it is completely dry. This is important because applying hot straighteners to damp hair will cause breakage. If you dry your hair with a hairdryer, always use a lower heat setting and accept that it will take longer to dry. If you use too much heat, your hair will be more likely to frizz and you will also risk dehydrating and damaging it.
Take a small bead of straightening serum, rub it over the palms of your hands, and then gently work it through your hair, paying particular attention to the ends.
The best way to straighten your hair is to do so in sections. Use large, plastic hair grips to divide your hair and work methodically from underneath to the surface layers. This ensures that your hair will be straightened evenly throughout and allows the straighteners to work properly. Just grabbing random locks of different thicknesses will probably mean that you have to keep going over the same hair to make it straight and this risks causing damage.
When you've finished straightening each section of your hair, apply a light spritz of glosser, followed by hairspray to fix your style.