At some point, we’re all envious of magazine covers graced by women with beautiful, shiny, frizz-free, straight hair. They make it look easy…and if you had a team of hair professionals hovering around your head every morning, then it would be! Sadly, hiring a personal hair stylist isn’t in the budget for most of us (bummer). Luckily, many of these professionals are willing to share their tips so we can get magazine worthy hair right from our own bathrooms. So, let’s check out how to flat iron like a pro!
There’s no way around it, straightening your hair is going to damage it. However, there are certain things you can do to reduce the damage. A little prep work, the right tools, and a little know-how and you’ll be ready to go. First, you’ll need the tools of the trade.
The Flat Iron
Choose a flat iron with ceramic, gold or titanium plates. These are all superior surfaces that are smooth and slick, so the hair can move freely between them without getting caught or tugged by microscopic imperfections. When selecting the size of your flat iron, consider the length of your hair. The longer your hair, the wider the plates of your flat iron should be.
It’s best to flat iron your hair in sections. Create the sections and clip them out of the way by using a sturdy, slip-resistant clip. Our Croco clips have been a favorite of professionals for years.
Thermal Heat Spray
Protect your hair from the intense heat of the flat iron with a quality thermal heat spray. They are applied before styling and will coat the hair shaft to prevent heat damage.
Now you’re ready to start straightening. Turn the flat iron on and let it reach the appropriate temperature for your hair’s thickness (fine or damaged: 250°F-300°F, average: 300°F-350°F, thick: 350°F-400°F). We suggest putting a silicone mat on your counter to prevent damage while it’s heating.
- Start with completely dry hair, and spray it with the thermal heat spray.
- Divide your hair into several sections by using our croco clips to hold them in place.
- Start with the bottom section first. Place the flat iron as close to the root of your hair without burning yourself, and begin to run the flat iron down the hair shaft toward the root, keeping the hair taught the entire time.
- Continue straightening your hair section by section until you’re done!