Safety considerations when using a flat iron

 

 

Heat-inducing hair tools can be as damaging as efficient if used in the wrong manner. In order to protect the hair as much as possible and reduce the risk of burning or severe dehydration, one can apply a few safety measures.

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First of all, one must understand the ways in which the action of a flat iron can damage the hair or post danger to its health. Of course, most of the risks come from exposing the hair to the heat, so in order to protect it, we need to reduce the potential damages that heat may cause. The main way to do so is to make sure the hair is hydrated enough so that it will put up its own resistance. A prior washing and the use of conditioner will give your hair and scalp a hydration boost, and will keep the dirt and sebum from being fried into the hair when using the flat iron.

 

Some people take the “keep the hair hydrated” advice a little too serious and they end up making everything worse. While prior washing is necessary, having your hair wet and even damp, will cause massive damage to it, and might send you directly to the hairdresser’s for a dramatic cut. Always have your hair dry when using the flat iron, otherwise you will simply be boiling it.

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Another important thing you must remember when you’re using the straightener is that the temperature should match your type of hair. Thin, frail hair will get burnt in seconds if you’re using the highest level of temperature. In the same way, using a low temperature level on thick, coarse hair will make you go over a strand over and over again, which will end up with the same damaging result.

 

While your hair being damp will do a lot of damage, not having anything to help protect it will take its toll in the long run. They might seem more like a money-consuming caprice, but heat protectant sprays will give your hair the protection needed by creating a cover that will spread the heat evenly – you know how that’s what makes ceramic plates the best.

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However, neither the conditioner, nor the hair protectant form an unbreakable armour against heat damage, so always be careful on the level of temperature you’re using and how often you expose your hair to this treatment.

Using the right temperatures with your blow dryer so you can get great styling results

 

There are two big aspects of using a blow dryer that need to be considered before plugging it. The first one is to what purpose you are using the appliance in that particular moment, and the second one is what setting is appropriate for that purpose.

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If you’re simply using the blow dryer to dry the hair, the setting should only provide as much heat as your type of hair can withstand without sustaining damages. It’s only logical that thin hair will be less resistant to high heat than thick, strong hair, so your first job is making sure your blow dryer has a low temperature setting.

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Furthermore, the recommended temperature is different for dripping-wet hair and damp hair. The first category can be dried using a higher level of heat, provided that you move the flow of the dryer constantly, to spread that heat as evenly as possible. On the other hand, the later category requires a lower setting for the temperature because once the water has already begun to disappear from the hair, the object of the heat flow will become the hair itself and the water in the very fiber.

 

in order to avoid complete dehydration. As true as it is that hot air should generally be avoided, you can still use it for styling as long as you know your limits. If you’re trying to straighten your hair with the use of the hair dryer, going downwards the strand of hair with a medium to high temperature setting will get you the desired result. However, because, as we pointed out before, not every hair type supports high heat, using a heat-protection spray or other product is mandatory.

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In order to get your curls shiny and defined, use your round brush to fix the curl, and move the blow dryer across the length of the brush first with medium-high heat, and then use the cool temperature setting to seal in the curl. Cold air can also be used for giving your hair a special shine at the end of the drying cycle, as it seals the cuticles of the hair. Plus, if you’re been overusing the hot air flow, this trick will help your hair cool down faster, and minimize the damage of overheating.

 

In conclusion, in order to achieve a good look and keep your hair healthy and safe at the same time, you need to understand what are the limits of your hair and how to set your dryer to respect them.