We’d all love to have the sleek, shiny, perfectly straight hair that our stylist manages to get every time we visit the hair salon, but recreating that in our own home is an entirely different matter.
No matter how hard I try it seems to be an impossible task as I perform all manner of contortions (both facially and physically) in front of the mirror – usually resulting in a selection of burns, I still end up with a selection of kinks in my hair.
I’m not talking about long, thick hair (I should be so lucky!) my hair is above shoulder length and fairly fine, the thought of me in front of a mirror trying to straighten long thick hair would be at least an afternoon’s concentrated work.
I came across a few tips that have helped me achieve my desired straight hair look without the burns which I thought may interest others who like me need some help in this matter.
I started off by washing, blow drying, combing and spritzing heat protector (Tres Emee 230º heat defence is good) through my hair, before switching on my ceramic hair styler.
If you’re in the market for a new set of straighteners then try to get one with ceramic coated plates and an adjustable temperature control, I find that mine ( I have the BaByliss Boutique Salon Control 235 straighteners) draw easily through my hair and as I have fine hair I can adjust the temperature to suit. It does also mean that everyone else in my family borrows my straighteners and adjust to suit their hair type, so be warned!
Set the temperature for your hair type – the rule that the hotter the better is a load of twaddle, you’ll just damage your hair. As a guideline only I would suggest for fine hair (mine) set the temperature between 160º and 190º. If you’re lucky enough to have thick hair try between 200º and 230º. These temperatures are only my suggestions – if you’re unsure ask your stylist who will be able to give you professional advice.
Start by pinning your hair up, leaving just the section you’re going to straighten, give it a good comb to make sure that there are no tangles before you draw your straighteners through it.
Work on small sections of around a couple of inches at a time, using the comb to pull your hair down before you straighten each section. Keep going, releasing sections as your ready until all of your hair is straight.
I found that rather than my usual quick pull through, I got much better result by pulling the straighteners slowly through my hair and only had to go over each section a couple of times.
Don’t do what I did – getting to sure of myself I grabbed a bigger than average section of hair and although I took it slowly this section just wouldn’t straighten the way I wanted it to, it was only when I split my hair into smaller sections that I got the look I was aiming for.
To keep your straight locks looking perfect, put a little serum through your hair.
Get in touch and let me know how you get on and if these hair straightening tips worked for you.