You know when you go to the salon, and the stylist waves her shiny flat iron around and suddenly your frizzy, crazy hair is touchable, soft, shiny and AMAZING? I can tell you straight off the bat, why you aren’t able to do this to yourself a home. Ready? The secrets will be yours…
Numero Uno! Having a great straight look actually starts in the shower. Yep! You heard me! I’m sure you’ll roll your eyes when I talk about the importance of buying salon quality shampoos and conditioners, but my point is not about WHAT you are spending to have these, but on the WHY. These products have a higher concentration of the pure wonderful ingredients that you need to have healthy shiny hair. Cheap drugstore products might feel good in your wallet, but you can’t wear your wallet on your head. (Well if you do, that’s just weird. Stop it.) Having pure, sulfate free shampoo, with HYDRATING ingredients will smooth the hair cuticle down to help fight frizz from the get-go. Applying your hydrating conditioner from the mid lengths down (NOT the top of your head! You don’t want an oily scalp do you?) will lock in that smooth cuticle. One of my favorites is the Pureology Hydra Whip conditioner….it’s like a yummy, fruity whipped topping that your hair literally soaks up in happiness. Mmmmm… people will be smelling your hair and smiling.
Second! We do not just towel dry the hair, and then launch into blow drying immediately. AHHHHHHH!! Don’t! DO USE a thermal heat protectant. This helps with your blow drying, which then helps with your flat ironing. I have some girls tell me they air dry their hair, and then try to flat iron. Or they blow dry it and then spray on some thermal protector spray and go to town with the flat iron. This is just asking for more work, more heat, and more damage. Always, always apply a thermal protectant spray to PROTECT your hair from the heat of blowdrying AND the heat of your flat iron. My favorite is the Kenra Blow Dry Spray. Everytime I spray it into a client’s hair – they get all misty eyed and tell me they feel like they are in Hawaii again. I don’t know why, but it makes people think of Hawaii. It’s just yummy. PLUS it’s won awards in the hairstyling world for being proven to cut your blow dry time in HALF. I have seen it happen thousands of times before my very eyes. So yeah, less time, less heat, less damage. BOOM.
Thirdly – You must blow dry your hair completely!!! Yes. It seems counterintuitive that you would apply more heat, to the frizzy (perhaps damaged!) parts of your hair. But with the thermal protectant on it, you are safe. If you DON’T dry your hair completely, you know as well as I that as soon as any type of humidity hit the hair cuticle, what does it do? It springs open. In a nice frizzy mess. Blowdrying your hair completely will cut down on the passes of the flat iron. And THIS will save your hair from damage, and really make it look like you went to a professional.
Last but not least – Using the wrong heat setting for your hair! My favorite flat irons are ones with the knobs on them so you can see the temperature settings. I hate the CHI flat irons because it just has like a little switch. That’s not helping?? Some flat irons just say Fine, Medium and Thick Hair. Okay, so most of us can get away with using around 350-400 degrees. Past 400 and you’re needing it for really thick, wavy hair. Under 350 is for fine, damaged, or blonde hair! Did you know you can accidently discolor your blonde hair by flat ironing it on too high of a setting? Yep, you can. It’s called BURNING IT. Don’t do it. And don’t break it off like that girl in the YouTube Video who tried to show us how to curl your hair. I just felt so bad for her! Ouch!
By taking small sections, doing one or two passes, you can quickly give yourself a smooth, perfect look by following these rules. Questions or comments? Post them below, I wanna hear it!