Mistakes with hairstyling and hair-straightening

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Having straight hair can really polish your look and help you to stand out. Some people are blessed to have naturally straight hair, but for the rest of us, we have to turn to hair straightening if we want those pin straight locks. Everyone’s hair is a different texture, thickness and style, but there are things you can do to make sure that you hair turns out great, without all of the damage that can come with a straight hairstyle. Here are some things you should avoid when you’re straightening your hair.

 

Many people think that the straightening process doesn’t start until you’re out of the shower, but that’s not the case. There aren’t any shampoos or conditioners on the market yet that can actually give you the straight hair you want, but there are products that have the ability to smooth out your hair, and get it ready for straightening. One tip is to take a brush and use it to comb conditioner through your hair, and then rinse.

 

If you are using a blow dryer as part of your straightening routine, you need to make sure you’re doing it properly for your hairstyle. In fact, more often than not, the blow drying of your hair is more damaging than the actual straightening process. If you find it necessary to blow dry your hair before straightening, use a technique called ‘rough drying where you move the hair dryer in a shaking motion all over your head, until it’s mostly dry. Also, using a brush with boar bristles or nylon will help to reduce the damage and frizz that comes with this hairstyle.

 

When you are straightening, stop if you hear a sizzling noise. Your hair should be completely dry before you straighten it, otherwise you run a real risk of frying your hair and causing some permanent damage. If you put a product in your hair before straightening be careful, as this can lead to the sizzle and damage as well. When it comes to a product for straightening, your biggest ally is going to be a thermal protectant product. This product will actually coat the molecules of your hair and protect them from the heat, while also minimizing frizz.

 

What setting do you put your hair straightener on? Especially if you have thicker or coarser hair, it can be tempting to blast the straightener to its highest setting to straighten your hair, but that isn’t actually what’s best for the life of your hair. The higher settings on many straighteners are actually supposed to be used for professional treatments, and should be used with caution. If you do have thicker hair, you’ll need a higher temperature setting, but don’t start out with the highest setting from the beginning.

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