Over the weekend I had a birthday party to attend at a swanky bar in the East Village. I threw on my new outfit of waxed leggings and fur vest but I wasn’t feeling my look. The clothes were awesome, but my hair was all wrong. I needed something new and different. Typically, straightening my hair is in my don’t lookbook, but I decided to break my own style rules and go for it. However, I had not flat ironed my locks since 2011, and couldn’t remember all of the proper techniques to get my desired style without excessive damage. So I called my hair stylist and had her walk me through the rules of straightening––a bootcamp in flat ironing. An hour later I was rocking beautiful shiny and sleek tresses and my look was complete. For hair that’s both polished and still healthy, read on to learn essential heat styling rules. –– Michelle Rotbart
1. Use A Professional Flat Iron
Invest in a quality straightener. Good ones will last you up to ten years and offer a variety of features and will be less damaging than a cheaper options. Look for versions that say ceramic plates, which will ensure that heat is evenly distributed. My stylist suggested I get the Arrojo/ Izunami flat iron. It’s used by all the hairdresser at ARROJO studio and boasts temperature control, ceramic plates, wider plates for easy gliding and maneuvering, and is light and easy to use.
2. Don’t Forget A Heat Protectant
Any time you’re heat styling you must prep your hair with a thermal protectant. They defend your locks against damage, frizz, and overall damage due to excessive over styling. They even put some bounce into even the most limp strands. Before flat ironing, spray in protective thickening lotion. This super styler, adds volume and protects hair. It’s even approved by beauty bible, Allure Magazine.
3. Use The Right Temperature
You wouldn’t press silk and iron at the same temperature, and the same goes for your hair. For fine and chemically treated hair, it’s recommended you start at a lower settings, below 300 degrees. Normal hair can be ironed between 300-380 degrees and thick and very curly hair between 350-400. The best recommendation is to start low and increase as needed. This also is another reason to invest in professional tools, as they allow you to adjust the temperature.