So, the girls decided to flat iron last week, using the Herstyler Classic Forever Ceramic Flat Iron (we heart it for it’s temperature gauge, ceramic construction, and great price), Silk ‘N Sleek Straighten Polisher, Diamond Luster Polisher, and of course our staple coconut oil.
Here are a few tips to ensure beautiful results and no hair damage:
- Always start with clean and well-conditioned hair.
- If you choose to blow dry (as opposed to air drying) your hair, use the cool setting. Sure your hair will take longer to dry, but you definitely don’t want to risk heat damage. Make certain your hair is completely dry before you flat iron.
- Pre-treat your hair with a little coconut oil for moisture (or another very light moisturizer of your choosing). Don’t over-saturate the hair, just work in enough oil to create a light sheen.
- Section your hair (4-6 sections will work) and apply a heat protectant to each section of hair.
- If this is your first time flat ironing and you’re unsure of what temperature works for your hair, start with the lowest setting on a small section of hair and increase the heat until you notice your strands straightening. This will be the temperature you should use. Keep in mind, hair burns at about 450 degrees Fahrenheit, so you don’t want to be anywhere near that number. I recommend 200-330 degrees, depending on your hair’s texture (level of curliness).
- Method: begin as close to the roots as you can — with a fine tooth comb just beneath the flat iron — pull the iron down in one smooth motion. Your movements should be slow and controlled, but don’t let the iron sit in one place for any length of time. Try to stick to one or two passes of the iron at best.