Dos and Don’ts of Flat Ironing

Straight sleek hair is a simple but beautiful look, however, to achieve it is not as simple as just feeding your hair in a flat iron. No, there’s more to know and to practice as well as some precautions in flat ironing to have that beautifully smooth crinkle-less and at the same, time healthy hair. So we listed down the do’s and don’ts in flat ironing.

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In Terms of Preparation

DON’T straighten your hair when wet.
If you just washed your hair, make sure your hair had completely dried before flat ironing. Otherwise, your hair styling will turn to a cooking show gone bad, for flat ironing hair while still damp will cause cooking of the hair, leading to severe dryness and split ends. Cooking is only for food, not for hair.

DO use a heat protection before flat ironing.
This goes for any hair styling tool that uses heat. As much as heat does well in styling, it can also damage. So, a heat protection can really come in handy, whether in serum; cream; or spray, whatever your choice may be.

DON’T use hairspray in your hair before flat ironing.
With its tacky property, it’s going to make the iron stick to your hair, and it will also add dampness to the hair, which as we had just mentioned earlier, is not good when flat ironing.

In Terms of Temperature

DO use just the right amount of heat.
Not too extremely high, not too low. Too extreme, you’ll damage your hair; too low, you’ll have to go over your hair several times, which will actually cause more damage and will take longer. Just moderate to a higher temperature will do. Although fine hair will require a bit lower temperature, while thick hair will require higher temperature.

In Terms of Technique


DO use a comb.
Smoothen out your hair with a comb, preferably one with fine teeth before letting the flat iron to pass through your hair. That will get rid of the crinkles in your hair and effectively straighten it.

DO create small sections.
Creating small sections will make it easier to feed the hair into the flat iron and will require the flat iron to pass through it only at least once, which also makes it faster.

DO use diagonal sections, not horizontal sections.
Diagonal sections will straighten your hair and give it more movement, rather than the horizontal sections that tend to make the hair flat and lifeless.

DO iron in an upward direction, not straight down
Pulling the hair upward as you flat iron your hair will add volume and body especially at the crown while straightening your hair. Flat ironing straight down will only make it flat.

If you observe these do’s and don’ts, you’ll find it’s just easy to achieve that beautifully straight sleek hair, and you’ll be able to keep your hair from getting dry and breaking due to damage caused by heat.