Why is it hard to keep hair straight and beautiful?
Straightening process itself can be a huge and major problem for many girls out there that can’t really get the results from a flat iron that they desired. Majority said keeping the hair straight after flat ironing is even more daunting task than straightening only. To solve this, a combination of right tools and specific techniques is required in order to do it. Once you discover how to do it right, straightening and keeping your hair straight the way it should be all day is not a big problem to you anymore.
Do not worry yet, getting your hair to stay straight after each styling is not a hard science class for you to attend. Here some tips and reasons all about hair straightening mistakes and how to correct it.
Hair Straightening Mistakes You Should Know
To straight you hair is not a job for the flat irons alone. You need to understand that, flat iron is just a tool that helps you style your hair into the shape that you want, and still you need to use it correctly and accordingly. Attaching a hot tools to your soft tiny hair is just a suicide sentence if you don’t protect your hair with the overheat activity. That’s why you need to know hair straightening mistakes, and keep your hair straight and healthy without ruining it.
Read this 12 hair straightening mistakes first before we moved on to the next chapter shall we:
1.Pulling the hair way down
This is the issue with overly-straightened hair, which is falls flat all the time, but not look that good at the entire time. A little volume is better for the straightest also silkiest of locks because this is a healthy hair looks like. If you over pull your hair or pull your straightener down when you are straightening, that way will leaves your hair flat. So how to avoid it, just pull it all the way up, so it will be not only straight, but you add a little volume to your hair for a straight and healthy look.
2.Not Cleaning It before using it
Your flat iron also need to be clean in a schedule manner, don’t you think so? Maybe once a week or once every 2 or 3 times of using. Your hair products, such as the conditioner and the heat protector spray will leaves a build-up that will cover your flat iron. After a while of using, maybe you didn’t noticed, this build-up coats the flat iron surface and then making it snag and it will pull on your hair in the most discomfort way. You can just buy cleaner specifically made for cleaning flat iron surface, or warm water with a little alcohol also working great to clean it too.
3.Not Sectioning Your Hair before straightening
Before you put the flat iron onto your hair, please grabbed your hair into sections even in random before doing it. This is so important, because this is the way to iron your hair and keep it healthy at the same time. Your hair will be straight and look beautiful, and you are also not feeling tired because sectioning your hair can make the straightening job done earlier. If you want to straight your hair, but there is a thick grab of hair in your hand, it will take hours for you to get your hair set. Do once at a time like we always hear, that is how it works all the time.
4.Using The Wrong Shampoo and the wrong Conditioner
If you think shampoo and conditioner is just a market tactic for more sells, this is not the only reason. Shampoo is often variable, there is shampoo for every need like straight hair, to curly hair and shampoo that can save your hair from hair loss, and so with the conditioners. If you like a straight hair for a long time, do opt for straightening shampoo so your straightening job with flat iron will be perfectly easy. If you want a straight hair, but you buy a shampoo for volumizing hair because it smells better or the packaging is cuter, that will never work mind you. Every shampoo and conditioner have their own purpose, so choosing a shampoo and conditioner that specifically for smooth and straight strands is a long term wise.
5.Not Letting Your Hair Cool First
If you’re in the mood to plan on doing something with your just washed and dried hair, like pulling it all the way back, make sure that you let it set at the first step. Cool air always sets straight hair, so just let it relax in just a few minutes before you are ready to pull it back.
6.Using A Giant Flat Iron For Your Hair
What make you think that a large flat iron is better for your hair in term of straightening? Actually, flat iron that sized more than 1 inch is enough to give you a salon look straight hair. A small flat iron is able to reach or close to the root of your hair, and the big flat iron one, just make your hair end up bumpy. If your big giant flat iron cannot go closer to your hair root, s beautiful straight hair will never be yours.
7.Making The Heat Setting Too High
Do not use higher or maximum heat when you are styling, because girls are usually try to get the highest heat that they possibly could all the time. Yes it works faster, but it is damaging. The professional said that, this high heat is not necessary, so never make it an option when you are styling.
8.Making The Heat Setting Too Low
High heat is an offense, but making the setting too low is also not a good idea. If you put your heat setting to the lowest, assuming that heat will damaging your hair, you may end up to damage your hair even more. No heat means it’s so low in temperature, you’ll probably straightening one piece many times to get it straight in the end. The right way is opt for medium, and work from every section slow and steady.
9.Not Brushing It Enough Before The Work Start
Once you got your hair into sections, have a brush and brush it gently. You should be brushing it out every section of hair before start using the flat iron. This will get rid and keep away kinks and knots, so you’re making straightening much easier and reducing the amount of times that you might need to re-do your hair.
10.Letting It Steam up or Sizzle
If you hear a sizzling sound or see steam come out of your hair, please remove your flat iron from your hair immediately. That situation is a big red flag for your hair and should never happen. Yes there is a flat iron that you can use on wet hair, but not all flat iron can do that perfectly, so please let your hair dry enough before you start.
11.Using the wrong tools
You already sectioned your hair after blow dry it, and then suddenly you found out that your flat iron is damage. But you want your hair straight too by any means that you can possibly think, so you grab a cloth iron instead to iron your hair. Please, this is from a true story, this is really happen. Your hair will be damage in this way, because your hair is alive, while clothes are not. So never use a tool that is not meant for your hair. Your hair not only need to be straight, but it needs to be healthy to.
12.Not looking at the mirror
Make sure that you are in front of a mirror when you are doing your hair. Mirror is like your other friend when you are styling alone because it lets you see what you need to see. If your hair is not evenly straight after you have done your straightening, the mirror will tell you which part of your hair that still undone. Don’t just walk out that door without a double check from your mirror.
So that is the 12 hair straightening mistakes that you need to know. How about we move on with the tips for straight hair?
Read these two tips for correctly straightening your hair and how to make it long lasting.
4 steps to Straight you hair correctly
Step 1: Use a styling cream or hair straightener cream and apply it evenly to your damp hair. This is not only helping to straight your hair easily, it is also let a curly hair to be straight in a short time.
Step 2: Use a heat protective spray and coat you every strands. It’s very important to protect the hair when using any styling tool because of the heat.
Step 3: Remember to dry your hair enough and thoroughly. Flat irons no matter high tech it is, should only be used on thoroughly dried in and out hair.
Step 4: It is so important to work in layers for straightening the hair, bottom of the hair, is where to start. It is up to you on how many layers do you want, just make sure this step is not forgotten.
5 Tips to long lasting straight hair
1.Make sure your hair is dry
Never straighten the wet hair unless you have a special and specific kind of straightener which can handle with wet hair for example, the Remington Wet 2 Straight flat iron. You could save a lot of precious time in the mornings. Let’s say you don’t have this magic flat iron, no worries because you always can blow dry your hair before you straighten it.
By using the combination of correct heat and a flat brush, what you can reduce is the waves and then making your hair remain straight for hours and longer.
2.Use Professional Flat Irons
Professional flat irons usually the one that have ceramic or titanium plates and these kinds of plates can reduce the potential damage to your hair during the straightening job. The key advantage right here is that professional flat irons can distribute the heat evenly throughout your every hair and without any hot spots. This is also how you can keep your hair staying straight all day. It’s maybe expensive, but it is a good investment for a long run.
3.Treat Your Hair Fairly Well Prior to Straightening
There are billions of anti- frizz sprays, tons of serums and many more other hair care products that are manufacture to protect the hair from heat damage and also to make it straight for the whole day. Please read your label on how to use this product and apply it before or after straightening.
4.Avoid Moisture in your hair
After you did straight your hair, please make sure you keep it all dry. Humidity, or moisture and the showers activity are factors that can make your hair come from straight into frizzy and fluffy. Avoiding moisture or water for as long as you can, is a big help in order to retain your straight hairstyle all day.
5.Use A Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo can help to keep your hair straight after styling by reducing the moisture, or oil and even buildup in the hair. Keeping your hair dry is a method to keep your hair straight all day.
If you have a natural straight hair then it is great for you. Straight hairs actually have so many advantages. Straight hair looks shinier because it allows natural oil to travel down the hair shafts and it will always glowing. So keeping your hair straight in a good way is a must. Maintain it with the correct way will give you a salon look straight hair as long as you want. Avoid any hair straightening mistakes that will end you living in your nightmare.
Written by: Sabrinah A. Health Inspector, Public Health, Sipitang Town, Sabah State of Malaysia, 5.4.2015