No matter where you are or what the occasion is, whether it is a professional setting like a work meeting or a wedding or an engagement party with family and friends, there is no situation where sleek, shiny straight hair does not fit. Straight hair looks chic and glamorous and can give your face a modelesque look within seconds. However, as strong of an impact straight hair can have on your personality, straightening your hair in the wrong way can tremendously damage your luscious locks.
Here are 5 things you should know before you start your hair-straightening journey:
- Choose the right straightener
Just like other hair care products like shampoos and conditioners, selecting the right Philips hair straightener for you is equally important. When browsing through the range of straighteners, always keep your hair type in mind. For example, if you have slightly wavy hair, you can even go for a low-heat brush straightener, whereas if you have tight and hard-to-manage curls, you should go for a Philips hair straightener with wider plates. Also, assess the temperature settings and material of the plates and match that with your purpose and preference before buying.
- Always use a heat protectant.
Hair straightening is essentially just you smooshing your hair between two flat and very hot pieces of metal, so to make sure that your hair is well protected, never skip the heat protectant spray. This spray will not only shield your hair strands by adding a barrier between the hot plates and your hair, but it will also keep the frizz at bay.
- Dry your hair carefully and thoroughly.
Many seem to think that flat irons are the worst part of hair straightening. However, the truth differs. Blow drying your hair before you are about to use a Philips hair straightener is an evil thing that you should avoid at all costs. While both activities do not damage your hair much when done separately, when done in succession, the blow-drying can make your hair frizzy and brittle and aggravate the effects of the heat from the straightener. This can lead to breakage and severe hair fall. So, let it dry naturally or keep the nozzle tilted downwards and at a distance if you have to use the hair dryer.
- Mind the temperature.
Straightening, if done at the right temperature, is a very safe process that will leave you with silky, smooth straight hair, but if you get the temperature too high, your hair will indeed have irreparable damage. The ideal temperature for different hair types is different; the range between 300 to 320 degrees is an excellent place to start. The perfect temperature is higher if you have coarser and thicker hair.
- Do it in sections.
The most efficient way of straightening hair is by taking it one section at a time. Section your hair in your halves, pin the upper portion and start by taking small sections from the open half. If you have thick and voluminous hair, you also start by sectioning your hair in four parts.