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Straightening Your Hair
Do you struggle every morning when it comes to straightening your hair? You’re not the only one…most of my clients are spending too much time on flat ironing their hair, and they’re making it harder for themselves.
First of all, don’t overdo it around your face. I have SO many clients with breakage from the ear to their hairline and they don’t even realize that they’re causing the damage with unnecessary ironing. It happens so easily…everyone spends more time on the front than the back…but passing the flat iron over those fragile sections of hair repeatedly is doing so much more harm than good!
Next, make sure you’re using the right products for your hair type and never iron your hair without applying product first! A little styling cream and a round brush can get your hair in perfect shape for ironing. If you skip that step…you’ll have to do more flat ironing and it will cause more damage!
Flat irons and products are part of successfully straightening your hair, but technique is an important and often over-looking piece of the puzzle!
Straightening Your Hair
Technique is important and it starts with how you blow-dry your hair. If you just let it air-dry or blow-dry it without a purpose then it will not straighten as easily or with the results you’re looking for.
That doesn’t mean you have to properly blow-dry your hair each time you plan on straightening it, but the drying technique will make a difference in how it looks and how easily it straightens.
If you’re not familiar with how to properly blow-dry your hair for the most straight look, here are a few tips:
1) Lightly towel-dry your hair. You want to make sure that it’s no longer “dripping wet”.
2) Apply a moisturizing/heat protecting product.
3) Apply a root booster if you need one.
4) Blow-Dry your hair on a low intensity setting. Use a regular brush to guide the hair as you blow-dry. You will somewhat be brushing your hair as you dry it. This step is just for eliminating most of the moisture.
5) Section your hair in 2 or 3 sections (more for very thick/curly hair). I usually do the top, middle and bottom (below ear).
6) Blow dry each section from the bottom to the top using a round brush. This will give you the most smooth result and the best hair to start flat ironing!
*The size of the round brush will depend on the length of your hair.
The products you use should change depending on the look you are trying to achieve.
For example, what you use when you wear your hair naturally vs. what you use when you want to straighten it should be different. Using products that are specifically for the look you want will make a big difference!
Products I like for straightening my hair:
- It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner (Use before you blow-dry to protect your hair and keep it from getting too dry/frizzy.)
- Pureology Colour Stylist Root Lift (Use if you need volume and don’t like the “flat” look on top.)
- Alterna Bamboo Pin Straight Styling Balm (Use if you have thicker hair.)
- Kenra Thermal Styling Spray
*The right products for each person vary greatly depending on your hair texture, thickness, and cut.
For product suggestions based on your hair type please contact me for help!
If you’re reading this you probably already have a flat iron. If you don’t, then you need to get one!
The only way you can get around needing a flat iron is if you know how to give yourself a professional blow out. Even then, you’ll probably need a little bit of ironing to finish off the style.
Here’s what you’ll need when you flat iron your hair (after it’s dry):
*The hair clips and carbon comb that I suggested above are not must-haves, but those are my favorites. The double clips by Olivia Garden are awesome because you can hold up multiple sections of hair with one clip!
The carbon straightening comb is great for beginners or more experienced users alike. The straightening comb makes it easier to guide the hair through the iron, but a regular comb can be used. If you don’t use a carbon comb be careful because they do melt easily with higher iron temperatures!
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