Hair trends come and go, but silky, straight hair never goes out of style! Whether it is poker straight locks for the red carpet or sleek tresses on a dinner date, it’s a timeless hairstyle that never goes out of vogue. But, before you pick up your flat iron, avoid making these common hair straightening mistakes that can leave your hair dry, brittle and damaged.
1) Skipping a protectant layer
If you want straight hair that doesn’t frizz up or go limp by midday, then make sure you don’t move past the heat protectant layer. It’s an integral part of your hair straightening process because it provides a barrier between your hair and the heat from the hair straightener. It absorbs the heat properly and reduces the frizz. It helps the straightening last longer.
2) Having zero control over temperature
It’s important for a hair straightener to have a temperature setting rather than just an on-off button. This allows flexibility during the hairstyling process. It also prevents permanent hair damage. If the temperature is too high, it will damage the natural texture of the hair and zap the moisture right out of it. Avoid this, by using the medium setting and moving it continuously through the hair for less than 5 seconds in each section.
3) Choosing the wrong hair care products
If you’re the kind of girl who likes to straighten her hair often, it’s important to choose the right shampoo and conditioner that will care for your hair adequately. Any regular hair care product won’t nourish your hair and keep it away from the damage. The Tresseme ionic strength shampoo and conditioner will. It’s made with salon-grade ionic complex, which reinforces the hair’s natural strength and prepares it for any kind of styling, which is just what you need!
4) Using straightener on wet hair
Even if you are getting late for work, or your straightener is taking forever to heat up, straightening wet hair is an absolute no-no. The heat of a scalding flat iron can sap the moisture out of wet hair. The sizzling sound and burning smell is proof of wet hair being fried rather than being straightened. So instead, rough blow dry first and then go in with a hair straightener.
5) Not prepping hair the right way
When you don’t prep your hair for hair straightening in the right way, you’re setting yourself up for disaster. We suggest you give the TIGI Straighten Out cream a try before going in with a flat iron. Its thermosetting polymers combat frizz, increase the longevity of styling and fight 98% of humidity so that your hair stays straight and sleek the whole night long.
6) Pick the wrong flat iron
Don’t pick up the first flat iron you see. When looking for flat irons, do your research and look flat irons made out of ceramic, tourmaline and titanium. Flat iron plates made out of ceramic distribute heat more evenly. Titanium glides smoothly through the tresses and is more durable than other materials. Tourmaline emits negative ions which give the hair a smooth, frizz-free finish. Remember sleek, straight hair all begins with the right flat iron. So, invest wisely and carefully!
Life isn’t perfect but your hair can be!