Flatiron Faux Pas
Lately, I’ve been relying on my curling iron to rock the wave/curl look since my hair can’t make up its mind. Straight in front, really wavy in the back. It’s a little Michael Bolton-ish circa 1993, which was hot to many bored housewives in 1993. But if you’re a lady two decade later, not so much. And unfortunately, that’s not my target demographic.
Then I got bored and wanted a style change. Instead of chopping it off or coloring it, I decided to re-style it. But my flatironing skills were a little rusty, so I thought I’d do some digging on straightening best practices. What’s the best heat setting? What products should I use to prep the mane? How can I avoid this look?
Allure to the rescue! Herewith are there 6 flatiron don’ts from Allure & a handful of hairstylists:
- Cranking up the heat — all the way. ‘You don’t need 450 degrees…410 works for every hair type’ says hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins.
- Forgetting protection. ‘Not enough people use thermal protectors,’ says hairstylist Matt Fugate. Look a no-hold formula like Tresemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray
- Running Over (and Over) 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,’ says hairstylist Garren.
- Going 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.
- Ironing Damp Hair. If you hear a sizzling sound or see steam, well…it ain’t good.
- Thinking Bigger is Better. Hulking irons ‘make it hard to get to the hairline, where hair tends to be curliest,’ says hairstylist Sebastian Scolarici. Instead, choose a straightener with ceramic or tourmaline plates that are an inch wide. (pssst…Femilady loves T3’s SinglePass Iron)