The flat iron, or straightening iron, has long been used to straighten wavy hair. Few people, however, know that it is also very useful on short and even straight hair.
Ranging in width from one to four inches flat irons have a variety of uses. Some irons even have teeth to help grip the hair. You may be surprised to find that one of the following uses applies to your needs.
Use it to straighten long wavy or frizzy hair.
Use the flat iron to shine long or short hair.
Use the flat iron to ‘flip’ hair.
A flat iron is the perfect tool to use to create today’s trendy flip that sticks almost straight out and does not curl over on itself the way the flips of the ‘60s did.
Use the flat iron to correct a roller set.
If you set your hair with rollers, whether hot rollers or the wet-set variety, you may have experienced the problem of too much curl.
At this time the flat iron is a valuable tool to smooth out the unwanted bounce. In this instance, apply the iron lightly to the affected area. It will usually take only a small amount of heat and pressure to get rid of extra curl.
So don’t stereotype the flat iron. As you can see it has many uses for all textures of hair and many styles. With practice you will get the look you want.
Do you have flat hair? These tips will get you on your way to luxurious hair style.
4. Toweling your hair damp-dry before you apply the styling products will increase their effectiveness.
5. Use Root Lifter.
It is a firm hold spray gel that is sprayed at the base of the hair shaft – the root area. Used in this way, it will cause extra body and lift.
6. Next, use a styling foam or styling gel formulated for fine hair.
Emulsify the product in your hands and work through your hair from the roots to the ends.
7. Blow drying: The effectiveness of any product you use will depend on how you dry your hair. As you blow-dry your hair, lift it up off the scalp. Using a vent brush to lift the hair up, rather than brushing it down, will achieve the best result.
8. Fullness can also be achieved by brushing the hair in the opposite direction from which it falls. If your hair naturally falls forward, blow it back as you dry it. When it is dry, comb it into place.
9. Finally, and probably the easiest if you have long hair is to turn your head upside down and dry the hair until just the ends are damp.
10. In all of these techniques, dry the root area of the hair first and then the ends.
11. Use a large curling iron for extra body.
When using a curling iron on your hair, form the curl, and then carefully remove the curling iron. Hold the curl up and spray the base of it (next to your head) with flexile hold hair spray. Allow the spray to dry and place the section of hair where you want it.
12. After you have achieved fullness. You may need something called back-combing, teasing or ratting to keep it from falling flat again. This is the art of tangling the hair to create a cushion of lift. When the back-combing is in place and then smoothed. The effect should be that of naturally thick hair or hair that has lots of body.
Do you have an area in your hairstyle that doesn’t seem to go with the rest of your hair? Does it seem as if part of your hair doesn’t belong with the rest? If so, you may have Multi-textured hair.
Multi-textured hair is having straight hair with one strand that insists on waving or curly hair that has straight areas, or very thick hair beside thin hair, etc. . If you are blessed with this combination hair, be assured that you are not alone. You may have had the experience of having a hairdresser style it to perfection only to find that it is impossible for you to style at home. This type of hair will always be difficult but with patience and the correct products and styling aids and with patience you will be able to control it. Check out the case study below.
Let me tell you about one of the most challenging of my clients.
Alice’s naturally curly hair is of very uneven texture. The crown area is very curly with a strong tendency toward frizziness. It is also very thick in this area. The bang area is slightly less curly while the hair at the sides is almost straight, fine and somewhat thinner. The nape section is yet anther texture with medium to light curl and medium thickness.
Because of the uneven curl and the frizziness of the crown, Alice prefers not to wear it curly and would most like a smooth, bob, with some piecey layers.
As always, I start with a shampoo formulated for the hardest to control sections. In this case I choose a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to help prevent frizziness. I apply the conditioner to the top and crown only, rinse well and towel dry.
Next I apply Artec Kiwi blow silk to the top and crown for added shine and frizz control. Over this I use Matrix Sleek Look Lite Styling Crème to further help with smoothing and to lock out humidity.
Moving on to the sides and the nape area, I use Artec’s Control Gel to build body and to make the hair look thicker, improving the balance of the hair style.
To blow dry the top and crown, I use a large round brush with lots of bristles to smooth out the curl. A vent brush and my fingers work well on the sides and nape to build body while it is being blown dry.
I follow up with a narrow flat iron, pulling it from the root to the ends to remove excess fluff from the top, Often a curling iron is needed to add body and curl to the back and sides.
I add the finishing touches with a little pomade or hair wax to separate some strands for a piecey look and finish with Sleek Look Water-free Lock Down hair spray to lock out humidity.
So in summation, take heart, those of you with Multi-texture hair! Simply treat each individual texture according to its own needs and experiment with products until you find the ones that work best for you.
Beautiful hair begins with choosing the right shampoo and conditioner.
Products formulated for your hair texture can make the difference between fabulous hair and an ordinary 'do'.
Lynne Chapman served as Hair Site Editor of BellaOnline.com for fifteen years. She is a professional stylist and colorist of more than forty years.