The straightener is a hair styling must-have. Many think it is only used for straightening hair but it also has other useful functions like adding volume to lifeless hair and creating beachy waves. Here are 10 hair styling tricks which will change the way you think about your hair straightener.
1. Crimp your hair by flat ironing a braid.
Crimped hair is currently a big hair trend. It makes you look fashion-forward and is easy to achieve with a hair straightener. Start by braiding sections of your hair into 3-strand braids. Secure them with small hair elastics. Clamp your hair straightener onto the braids and slowly glide them along each one. Once you are done with a braid, remove the elastics to release your funky crimps. Being fashionable is that simple!
2. Use a heat protectant spray.
One of the major problems that hair straighteners can cause is dry hair due to heat damage. To protect your locks, use a heat protectant spray. There are lots of brands available. Choose one that fits your hair type and use while your hair is still damp.
3. Avoid cow licks by using a thermal brush.
Cow licks are annoying and extremely stubborn. To avoid them, follow this easy trick. After taking a shower, blow dry your hair. Use a round brush and work layer by layer. Start from underneath working your way to the crown. When you are finished blow drying your whole hair, it’s now time to use your hair straightener. Begin by using the flat iron through the crown 2 to 3 times. Then, roll it up with a thermal styling brush leaving a couple of inches from the scalp. Place the flat iron just below the brush. It should be positioned about an inch away from your scalp. Do not place it right on your roots to avoid getting a flat look. From below the brush, slowly work your way upward. Move the thermal brush slowly and together with the flat iron. Hold the brush until it is no longer hot to touch. Grab a can of hairspray and spritz some of the product quickly then slowly release the brush. Hello, volume and goodbye cow licks! Do this process section by section and don’t forget to use a heat protector beforehand to avoid damage.
4. Avoid setting the heat higher than 365 degrees.
Here is a fact you every person who uses a hair straightener should know – hair burns at the same temperature as paper, 451 degrees Fahrenheit. With this in mind, the highest temperature that you should use your flat iron on is 365 degrees Fahrenheit. People with fine hair must take extra caution. If you have thin hair, set the temperature only between 300 and 325 degrees.
5. Flat iron your hair up to get volume.
Who says a hair straightener makes your hair flat? It can actually give you the opposite effect by adding volume to your lifeless hair. For a volumizing effect, pretend you are pulling your hair back into a ponytail. Use a claw clip. Leave a little hair underneath and flat iron it. Start about a couple of inches away from the roots. It is important you give a 2-inch allowance. If you iron the base of your roots, you will come out with a flat look. Work your way up, letting more hair down each time. You should end up with a little ponytail for the crown.
To work with the crown of your hair, start from the back and work your way toward the front (forehead). Take small sections and flatiron it upwards. Remember not to iron the base of your roots and don’t worry about the part. Just continue working from the back forward and straight up the center.
To part your hair, use your fingers. With one hand on each side of the location of the desired part, pretend you are digging into sand by brushing hair out of the way. This will create a more natural look.
6. Use your hair straightener to create large curls.
Large curls are sexy, romantic and easy to make with a hair straightener. Start by taking one-inch section of hair. Smaller sections are easier to work with when curling with a flat iron. Next, twist the iron underneath the hair making sure not to lose the tail. Be careful not to let the tail get caught in between the iron. The rest of your hair will begin pulling and will end up looking frizzy. Once the hair is wrapped around, it should look like pictures 3 and 4. With the hair straightener, pull downward in a steady, smooth motion for an even curl. The longer you hold the flat iron on your hair, the tighter the curl. If you want voluminous curls, just run the flat iron quickly through your hair. Continue curling until your entire head is complete. When you are done, shake your hair out with your fingers and apply an anti-frizz serum to tame any fly aways. Finish off with a hairspray to make your curls last.
7. Make some beachy waves.
Beachy waves are a great way to style short to medium length hair. If you recently chopped off your hair, don’t say goodbye to your hair iron just yet. It will become your new best friend. To create some trendy beachy waves, start clamping a couple of inches from your roots. Clamp and twist under. Next, move down the opposite direction and continue making the “wave” pattern through the ends. Timing is quite tricky so make sure that you move quickly that you don’t get dents all over your hair. Finally, run your fingers through your hair and toss it lightly. Use a hair spray to make your waves last.
8. Give your hair a little bend with this brush trick.
Get some inspiration from Hollywood stars like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon or Mila Kunis. With a hair straightener, you can achieve their shiny, straight locks that slightly bend on the ends. First, brush out any tangles and apply a leave-in conditioner to close the cuticles. Next, “wrap brush” your hair starting with the left part to the right. Wrap brushing is exactly how it sounds like. It involves using the curve of the brush’s head to smooth out the hair. Next, blow dry your hair before ironing. Then, as you iron your hair, section and clip off your sections as you go. Be sure to follow this rule. If you don’t section, you will have inconsistent outcomes. Run the flat iron through behind a soft bristled brush too. Now, take note of this important trick – right after the hair comes out of the flat iron, drape it over the brush as you see in photo 11. Let it cool for 10 seconds before setting it down. Your hair should have a little bend when it cools.
9. Determine which hair straightener is best for your hair type.
Each hair type needs a different kind of straightener. The general rule is, the shorter the length of your hair, the thinner the flat iron you should use. For people with longer, thicker hair, a wide flat iron is the best choice. Many are not familiar with this important rule thinking that any hair straightener will work for all hair types. That belief is entirely wrong and leads only to damaged hair.
10. Know the difference among the different types of hair straighteners.
There are 3 common types of hair straighteners in the market – ceramic, titanium and tourmaline. Refer to our chart to know the difference among the 3.