If you missed it, take a look at our Sally Beauty Flat Iron 101. Combine that with the flat iron advice below and you are flat iron-educated!
YOUR “BEFORE” HAIR
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – be sure hair is completely dry before using heat tools. Otherwise, damage is inevitable.
COAX YOUR HAIR TOWARDS STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU REACH FOR YOUR IRON
On just-washed hair, entice the hair towards straight by NOT roughly towel drying (this encourages curl or other natural shape) but, rather, pat your hair gently with the towel giving it a gentle tug downward. If blow drying, do a rough dry with the dryer pointed down. You can also gently tug the hair down during the rough blow dry (see our Blow Dry 101 and Blow Dry Tips & Tricks). Using a natural bristle brush will help smooth (versus a brush with plastic bristles).
ADD PRODUCT (but only as much as necessary!)
If your hair takes to straightening easily, you may not need to add a heat protectant or smoothing aid. If you do add product, use just enough – not too much. That will vary with your hair type and thickness. Sally Beauty carries many heat-styling products so you may pick the perfect ones for your hair.
FlAT IRON IN SECTIONS
This rule applies for any heat styling. Whether blow drying, curling or straightening, you will have better results working in small sections. You can use a lower temperature and get to all your hair, thoroughly, by sectioning hair. Iron small sections and don’t go over a section again which is still hot. If a section needs another pass with your flat iron, wait until that section has cooled. Otherwise, you’re putting 300-450 degrees on top of something already hot so really stressing those locks with mad heat!
FINISH OFF WITH A BIT OF PRODUCT
To keep your now smooth, silky hair from a frizz attack, add a little bit of product. There are lots of different smoothing and shine products available at Sally Beauty. We recommend starting with ends with syrups, oils and creams. Hair ends usually need a little bit more love and this will help keep you from over-applying product in the newer, healthier hair closer to your head. You can even try a little leave-in conditioner on the ends, if they are especially dry. For any product, a nice way to help control the amount applied and ensure even application is to spray onto palms then use your hands to apply rather than applying direct from bottle. NOTE : Wait to apply product until hair has completely cooled down.
TIP : SIZE MATTERS
A larger iron will not smooth more than a smaller iron. A mid-size iron will work best for almost all hair types and allow you to get closer to the scalp without burning fragile close-to-the-head fresh growth or actual follicles. Protect your scalp!
TIP : INVEST IN QUALITY
If you are using an older flat iron, you may : (1) be losing heat after every section while the tool reheats back up to the set temperature (2) construction materials may have started to degrade making your iron less effective and more damaging. Be sure your tool is in good shape to get the best results and invest in a new tool when yours is past its prime!
TIP : USE YOUR FLAT IRON FOR OTHER STYLES
Flat Irons are very versatile tools and may be used to create waves, curls or just to give your ends a little swing! Some ideas :
(1) BRAIDED WAVE
Braid your hair then run your flat iron down the braid. Release braid for set waves.
Starting at top of head twist your wrist back and forth as you run iron down section of hair
(3) BOUNCY ENDS
A few inches above ends, run flat iron down section at an angle pointed up or down