Whether you have long hair, short hair, thick, thin curler or naturally straight, every woman wants what she doesn’t have. Growing up I always had stick straight hair but as I age, my hair is gradually turning more wavy. While most days I choose to wear my hair wavy there are days I long for my tween stick straight long blonde locks.
Getting back to my roots (see what I did there?!), I decided to snag a Coast Pro Ceramic from The Beachwaver Co. and teach myself some new tricks to a sleek straight look. Here’s what I learned:
- Always Prep the Hair with a Heat Protection Formula (e.g. Miriam Quevedo Glacial White Caviar Resort Leave-in Conditioner)
- Be Mindful of the Temperature of the Flat Iron – For fine or damaged hair: 250-300 degrees; For medium/average hair: 300-350 degrees; For thick or coarse hair: 350-400 degrees
- Never Straighten Wet Hair!
- Size Matters – For short, thick or fine hair, use an iron with narrow plates ranging in size from half-an-inch to one-inch thick which will allow you to iron smaller sections. For long, thick or fine hair, use an iron with wider plates ranging in size from one-and-a-half inches to two-inches wide so you’re able to cover more surface area in less time
- Use the Right Material – Look for flat irons that use ceramic, tourmaline or titanium metals, which will heat more evenly causing less heat damage to your hair.
- Don’t Fear Volume – For a fuller, more voluminous look, hold the iron a bit differently and iron from the mid-shaft to ends, still moving the iron straight out to the sides, lifting from the scalp.
- Clean Your Iron – After every few uses you should always clean your hot tools with an iron cleaner or lukewarm water and a cloth when the iron is cooled off in order to remove any product buildup on the plates.
- Use Your Straighter In New Ways – If I’m traveling and don’t want to pack a straightener AND a curler but one day I want to achieve beach waves, my Coast Pro Ceramic does double duty. I wrap one to two-inch sections of hair around the flat iron’s plates while simultaneously twisting the iron one full turn away from my head. Think of curling a ribbon with a pair of scissors!
- Don’t Run Over (and Over) Natural Curls – Get hair as straight as possible before ironing by stretching out each section with a brush then slide the iron slowly and steadily in a single pass. Don’t stop and go or you’ll get horizontal lines. Yuck!
- Don’t Go Board Straight – Instead of ironing hair straight, parallel to your face, move your arm in a C shape as you proceed down the hair, and bend the ends under.