It is time to be honest with yourself. The only time your hair will see a perfect blowout is when you get your hair done by a professional, or you have a Vibrastrait flat iron in your possession. You know that if you are looking to achieve a sleek straight look at home, you will definitely need to use a flat iron. However, once you have found a tool that gives you the look you have been seeking, be sure you avoid making these mistakes so you can protect both your new manageable style and also your hair.
You Do Not Use Heat Protectant
If you are not applying some type of heat protectant to your hair before using a flat iron, it is like walking in traffic and not expecting to be hit. Whenever you are using a flat iron or any type of heat appliance on your hair, it is imperative that you use a heat protectant on your hair after it has been washed and dried so you can protect your hair from irreversible heat damage.
You Pull on Your Hair as You Straighten It
Do you tug on your hair and pull down on it while you are using your flat iron? This is a mistake that is used by many DIY hairstylists. Instead of using this technique, try to get the flat iron as close as you can to the roots of your hair strands. Section your hair and pull the strands up instead of down as you flat iron.
This technique will help your hair appear more voluminous, and the result with be straight hair with lots of bounce and body.
You Use the Flat Iron on Its Lowest Setting
Many women do not see the harm in using the low setting, and in theory, it does sound counterintuitive to use a high setting. However, it is best to use the flat iron at the medium or high settings. If your hair is fine and thin, use the lower setting, and for thick and coarse hair, use the higher setting.
Why should you do this? When you use the lower settings, you have to pass the flat iron over the same sections of hair for it to get that sleek look. The higher the temperature, the higher the chance you will only need to pass the flat iron over the hair once.
You Never Clean Your Flat Iron
Over time, the products that you apply to your hair like styling creams and heat protectant will build up on the heat plates of the flat iron. This residue can actually cause snagging in your hair! Prevent this unnecessary damage by cleaning the heat plates regularly with either alcohol pads or a damp cloth.
You Never Use a Brush
Do you use a brush before using your flat iron? If you do not, chances are you are flat ironing hair that is full of knots and tangles. Remedy this by brushing each section of your hair before using the flat iron. This will help the speed up the process, and you will avoid flat ironing the same hair multiple times.
So, there you have it. You can achieve that ‘I just got back from the salon’ look at home with these tips.