Straightening your hair can give it a smooth, sleek look.
But do it too often without taking proper care of your locks, and you’ll be left with dry, heat-damaged hair that’s the exact opposite of what you were going for.
It is possible to straighten your mane every day and keep it from turning into a frizzy mess.
Some of the most important steps come before the flat iron ever hits your hair.
Find a quality flat iron
A quality flat iron will be made of ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium.
It should have multiple temperature settings so that you can choose what’s right for your hair’s texture and thickness.
These irons may be in the pricier range, but most very inexpensive flat irons only offer a single setting which is too high (usually 450 degrees) and will damage your hair with time.
Ideally, you want to use a flat iron that has a temperature gauge with numbers rather than simple On, Off, Low, and High settings.
This way you can gauge exactly how much heat your hair is getting.
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Find an iron that is an inch and a half wide or smaller
Irons larger than that won’t be able to get closer enough to your scalp.
Ceramic plates ensure that the heat is evenly distributed across your hair as you straighten, and ceramic is good for most hair types and textures.
Stay away from “ceramic coated” flat irons, which can dry out your hair.
If your hair is curly, however, you may need gold or titanium plates.
Purchase a heat protector
You will commonly find heat protector sprays made specifically for use with flat irons; there are also numerous creams and serums on the market, and some mousses contain heat protection.
Some frequently recommended choices included Living Proof’s Straight Spray, Moroccan Oil (for thick or coarse hair), or products made with silicone.
Buy a “smoothing” shampoo and conditioner
While these won’t make your hair straight, they can add moisture to your hair and therefore help to prepare it for the process of straightening.
Alternately, you may want to try a strengthening shampoo if you find that frequent straightening makes your hair weak.
Get a new brush
Typical hairbrushes, which are made of nylon and plastic, cause static. But a brush made boar bristles and nylon will give your hair shape and polish and eliminate the fly-aways.
Consider a hair moisturizer
These products will help keep your hair healthy by increasing moisture. Since they may make your hair oilier or heavier, try using just once a week.
Some options include Luster’s Pink Original Oil Moisturizer and Aveda’s Dry Remedy.