Common Flat Iron Mistakes

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July 1, 2020

Common Flat Iron Mistakes

Many of us have used flat irons for years without giving a thought to the effect it may have on our hair. Flat irons have remained one of the best techniques we have for straightening hair. What should you do if you want to use the flat iron, but you also want to make sure you are protecting your hair? Here are some basic flat iron mistakes people make, so that you can make sure you are using your styling tool wisely.

If Your Hair Is Already Straight, do not Use a Flatiron

If your hair is already mostly straight, the last thing you need is to use a flat iron on your hair. Instead, why not consider blowing your hair out straight, using a cool setting on your dryer? That is much less harmful for your hair. Flat ironing your hair when it is already straight risks damaging your hair significantly.

Check the Temperature of Your Flat Iron

In the past, flat irons were no hotter than about 200 degrees, which means that it was difficult to damage your hair just from the iron along, unless you left it on your hair for hours. Today’s flat irons can heat your hair up to 450 degrees. That temperature is going to be damaging for your hair. If you want to straighten your hair, you need to start at the lowest setting possible. Start at the low setting, and gradually move up until you get the look you want.

Use Protection

When you are using a flat iron, you need to be sure you are protecting your hair. Paul Mitchell's Hot Off The Press is a great product to protect your hair from hot tools. This heat protection spray will keep your hair protected while it smoothes your hair as well. The heat protection sprays can protect your hair from damage up to 450 degrees. Do Not Press Too Hard If you clamp down too hard with your flat iron, you will get lines in your hair from straightening, and no one wants that. Also, if you clamp down too hard, you will find it difficult to move the iron along your hair section. 

Straighten One Time--And That is It

If you go over the same section of hair repeatedly, you increase the damage to your hair, which means your hair will be even harder to straighten the next time you try it. Damaged hair is limp and lifeless, which makes it hard to straighten.

When you section your hair to flatten it, you need to go at a steady pace. If you go too fast, you will not be able to straighten your hair. If you go too slowly, you can get areas on your hair that are hotter than others, which can lead to damaged spots on your hair.

Be sure you keep your sections small. Flat ironing does not work for large sections of hair. We know it is tempting to put half your head in the flat iron all at once, but it is not a good idea.

If Your Hair Is Damaged, Treat It

If you see that your hair is dry and damaged, give it some time away from your flat iron and make an appointment for a Paul Mitchell Kera-triplex conditioning treatment. Or ask us about a deep conditioning treatment that would be suited for your hair texture . We can add moisture back into your hair through a hair mask or deep conditioning treatment. That way, your hair gets a break, and can bounce back looking more beautiful than ever.

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