How to Choose the Best Hair Straightener for Your Hair
We have laid emphasis on the damaging effect which a flat iron can have on a woman’s hair if not used properly. We want to examine simple ideas on how to choose the right flat iron for all hair types. Your hair is very unique so it is different from that of your neighbor’s hair. Even though you may wish it were, yours is beautiful too and thereby needs a different flat iron from hers.
When you step into a supermarket or a beauty salon to buy a flat iron, you may be overwhelmed by so many brands available which you never knew existed. Flat irons come in different sizes, settings, plate types, different temperature and designs which may confuse you if not checked. This guide is organized for you.
As you read, you will pick your iron easily and correctly too. Before we go further, you must be aware that the right flat iron depends on the type of hair you have and I hope you have already determined the type of hair you are endowed with.
The two things that should be the focal point for your decision are the temperature and the plate size. As you read on, you will know the best iron to buy according to your hair type and features of the flat iron.
Step By Step Guide How To Choose The Right Flat Iron
The sizes of a flat iron plate differ. There are sizes of 1 inch, 1 ½ inches, 1 ¼ inches, 2 inches and 3 inches.
Short, Thick, curly and coarse hair type
If your hair type is within these categories, the recommended plate size for you in a flat iron is 1 ¼ inches.
Long, thick, coarse and curly hair
If you have the above, mentioned hair but it is very long, the plate size to go for any time for the best results is 1 ½ to 3 inches. This plate size will always help you to work very fast by handling a large section of your at a time.
Long but normal hair type
If your hair is of the long type with a normal texture, the best plate size to buy is 2 inches. This is so because even though your hair may be long, it has a normal and fine texture. You don’t need to pass the hot iron many times on it. The best thing is to work it in one pass to reduce the negative impact of heat on your hair.
Short normal hair
If your hair is normal and short, the best plate size is 1 inches to 1 ¼. This plate size will straighten your hair very fast and effectively too.
THIN/ DAMAGED/CHEMICALLY TREATED
If your hair is already damaged, thinning or chemically treated, the suitable plate size should be from 1 inch to 1 ¼ inches. The hair can be straightened in just one pass to prevent further damages to it if more heat is applied.
Temperature settings for flat iron come from the lower range of 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 450F and each level is suitable for different hair types. Let’s go-ahead to specify each level to match the hair types.
Well, you must bear in mind that some flat iron comes with fixed temperature while some have an adjustable temperature. The fixed temperature irons sometimes have 356 degrees as their heat level and therefore cannot go higher. It is on adjustable temperature flat irons on the other hand that you are able to see temperature levels as high as 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
So, your decision to go for either a fixed temperature flat iron or an adjustable iron will be determined by the type of hair you have and if it needs a low or higher heat.
If you are blessed with a hair that is thick, you can begin the styling with a heat level of 356 degrees. When you try this level and it failed to give you the best result you crave, you can take it higher to 410 degrees with an adjustable temperature flat iron.
Coarse or curly hair requires more heat at all times. The first thing you have to bear in mind is that if your hair belongs to this category, you will need a high temperature to style it to your liking. One good thing though, these hair types are not damaged easily by heat but are however hard to be straightened with low heat.
The normal hair types do not need much heat to get straightened or styled. Some of the brands in the market with fixed temperature settings can work wonders on the hair. But, if you want to experiment on different styles and you want to easily control the heat level of your flat iron as you work, you can go for the adjustable temperature flat irons. Well, rest assured that you can find some brands that have adjustable temperatures from 170 – 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
THIN/ DAMAGED/CHEMICALLY TREATED
These hair types require a low level of heat. If you have thin or damaged hair, you need to be very careful before using a high level of heat on it. With a low level of heat as well, you can achieve great results. However, if you decide to pick a fixed temperature flat iron, you can go for the one set at 360 degrees.
But if you want to go for adjustable temperature flat iron, you can easily use a heat level as low as 170 degrees depending on your hair. It is all depending on your choice.
Let’s not forget the main things you should always remember. Thick, coarse or curly hair types need big plates and higher temperatures.
The normal type of hair can be well designed with medium-sized plates and a medium range of heat depending on the styles you want to add.
The thin damaged or chemically treated hair only need small size of plates and lower temperature level.
Summarily, you must determine the type of hair you have before buying a flat iron. It is painful to know that, if you fail to handle a woman’s hair with the utmost care, it may fall off in chunks.
Please, I don’t wish this on any woman at all. Since you love your hair, follow our guides and take care of it. Healthy hair is a glorious part that accentuates a woman’s beauty and feminine nature. Believe me; you don’t want to lose that.
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