Hair Straightening For Dummies

January 4th, 2012

Most people style their hair everyday. Tools aren’t necessarily required but to get a clean look, most women use hair straighteners. For some, this means a quick run through the hair with a straightener, but for others it could be a two hour process depending on the type of hair they have. Either way, most women are unaware that they straighten their hair improperly when they style. The steps toward great hair must be taken seriously and with care so that your hair will remain healthy.

You may not have known that doing a daily routine could damage your hair so much, but it really does make a difference when you repeat a harmful process everyday. Some straighteners can reach up to 500 degrees in their heat settings, which is hotter than the temperature required to cook a pizza. If your settings are turned all the way up to 500 degrees, you are seriously damaging the ends of your hair. Taking the following steps when straightening your hair daily will help control heat damage, frizzy ends, and can even save you some time.

A clean set of strands is always a good way to begin your styling process. Always remember to brush your hair not too much. As odd as it may sound, it is a proven fact that when women brush their hair too often, they are creating split ends. To prevent this from happening, limit yourself to two brush-throughs everyday. The best way to do this is to brush your hair once before you begin straightening to remove all tangles and brush it once after you straighten so that your hair looks polished and not stringy.

Once you have cleared all tangles from your ends, plug in the straightener. If you plug it in too soon, you’re giving it too much time to heat up. The longer heat-up time the tool has, the harder it must work to stay heated. If you plug in the flat iron just one or two minutes before you’ll be using it, you will be better off. Letting your iron heat up for a couple minutes also saves you time because you can do other things as you wait.

A great way to spend those two minutes is to prep your hair for the heat it’s about to face. When your hair is going straight into contact with heat, you must use a heat protectant spray to at least cut down on the the damage, if not completely prevent it. This part of the process is advised to be completed during the heat up of the iron because your hair should not be wet while you straighten. Spray it thoroughly but allow it those full couple of minutes to dry completely. If your hair is wet when you begin the process, you are basically frying your hair and causing more damage than you ever would if it were dry.

Oddly, the straightening part is the easiest part of the entire process. There is only one thing to remember and that is, as you begin to straighten your dry hair, be sure you don’t hold the iron on one section of hair for too long. Applying too much heat to a certain area automatically causes breakage in the ends. Split your hair into sections so that you can concentrate on straightening each part of your head thoroughly. As long as you pay attention to which strands you’ve already straightened, your heat damage will be kept to a minimum by splitting it up.

Straightening your hair doesn’t really take much thought. As long as you think about whether your process may be damaging, you can keep your hair healthy no matter what. Straightening your hair everyday doesn’t have to be bad, it only becomes bad when you do it without any kind of protection. As long as you have your essential tool – the heat protectant spray – and your tips for preventing breakage, your hair can be healthy and stylish all year round.

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