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Flatiron 101


Straight, silky hair never goes out of style. But if you have curly, wavy or textured hair, straightening all of your hair can seem like a daunting task. If you’re dreaming of straight hair, but are afraid of using a flatiron, look no further. Here are some easy ways to use a flatiron or straightener to help you get the straight and silky hair you desire, quickly!

  1. First, prep your hair properly. Wash your hair with smoothing shampoo and conditioner to help start off with as smooth hair as possible. They sell shampoo and conditioner brands that help straighten your hair and fend off frizz for days and days now. Spray on a heat protectant spray on your damp hair to prevent damage then blow dry with a flat brush to get hair as straight as you can. Remember to never straighten wet or damp hair, even if the straightener boasts you can. It will only cause your hair more damage and be more likely to break.
  2. Next, choose the right flatiron. Look for an iron with a ceramic or tourmaline plate because they help diffuse the heat better which leads to less damage on your hair. Also, consider the length of your hair and the plate size. If you have long hair, choose a straightener with a wider plate. If you have short or very thin hair, choose one with a smaller, thinner plate. If you’re really confused about which straightener to purchase that will be best for your hair and cause as little damage as possible, ask a hairstylist or employee at a beauty supply store to help you or ask your straight-haired friends what they use.
  3. Choose the correct heat setting. Basically, the thicker your hair is, the higher temperature you’ll want to use. If you have thin hair, you need to use a lower heat temperature. Make sure your iron has varying heat settings so you can determine which temperature works best with your hair and straightens the fastest with the least damage. Let your straightener heat up fully before starting to straighten your hair to avoid having to re-do sections.
  4. Section your hair to ensure you’re not missing any pieces of hair while you straighten. Only flatiron small sections of hair. If you straighten a section that is too thick, you might have to go over it too many times, which can damage your hair. Hold it tight, but not too tight and clamp on about 1-2 inches of sectioned hair about an inch away from your head. This will preserve volume at the root. You might have to go over the section again, depending on the thickness and texture of your hair.
  5. Once you’re finished, use a small amount of shine serum to make your hair look extra straight and shiny. Focus on the ends so that your roots don’t look oily at all. If you want your look to last several days, just spray dry shampoo when you notice your roots are starting to get oily or greasy looking.

Do you straighten your hair regularly? What tips do you swear by for straight, shiny hair for days? Do you use heat protectant spray, shine serum, dry shampoo or anything else? Tell us what products you love too!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing