Flat irons are one of the most popular tools used by women to create the hairstyles they want. The problem with using flat irons every day to make your haircuts look like the one in the magazine, is that hair straightening with flat irons can damage your hair.
Hair straightening can be done frequently, without causing hair damage, as long as you follow some simple tips. Hair straightening is not the problem that causes the damaged hair; it is the catalyst that brings the problem to light.
Haircuts that require the use of flat irons also require that you apply heat protective serums to your hair. You can buy spray on applications of heat protection for your hair, or you can get these products in creams that you apply to your hair. If you are going to use a flat iron on a daily basis then you need heat protection.
Professional straightening techniques can be performed by your stylist. These professional straightening will usually last between three and six months before you need to have them repeated. If you are going to get haircuts that demand straight hair you should consider letting your stylist straighten your hair so that you do not have to use a flat iron each day. This could save you time, and save your hair from heat damages.
If you have split ends, or dry hair, then you need to avoid apply massive amounts of heat to the hair. Hair that is already damaged will not be able to withstand the concentrated heat of the flat iron. Dry hair becomes brittle when it is exposed to frequent applications of heat. You need to provide your hair with plenty of moisture before you begin to iron it straight. If you have split ends think about having the hair trimmed to remove them. There are methods of repairing split ends, but you cannot apply daily heat treatments while you are making these repairs.
Take a break from the heat applications as often as you can. If you are going to use a flat iron each day then try to let your hair dry naturally instead of blow drying it. The blow dryer applies heat to the hair just like the flat iron and by letting the hair air dry you will cut the amount of heat it is exposed to in half.
You can also wash your hair with cooler water than you normally use. A lot of people do not realize that the temperature of the water they wash their hair in can help create damage like flat irons, and blow dryers. The hot water is going to destroy the natural oils in your hair. The natural oils are what prevent the heat from penetrating the entire hair and drying it out. Use cooler water to wash your hair with and you will reduce the amount of natural oils that are stripped from the hair.
By Afshin Nejad