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How to Use a Flat Iron to Straighten Hair

If you plan on attending a special event or if you are planning an evening out on the town then you may want to try a new hair style. One of the latest trends for night time hair styles is straight and sexy. If you have curly or wavy hair and you would like to straighten your hair then all you need are the right tools and a little time.

Step 1 Select the Right Tools for the Job

There are several tools that you need to straighten your hair with a flat iron. The first tool is a quality flat iron. The best flat irons will have ceramic plates. Some of the top flat irons on the market are the Sedu Ionic Ceramic Professional Straightening, the ERGO Hair Straightening Iron, and the T3 Hair Straightening Iron. These irons are high end tools and they each cost around $150.

Other tools that you will need to straighten your hair using a straightening iron include hair clips and a hair brush.

Step 2 Select the Right Hair Care Products

Because straightening your hair uses heat and pressure you need several hair care products to protect your hair follicles from damage. First you will need a shampoo and a conditioner that is designed for the type of hair that you have. Next you will want to use a heat protection product. Finally, if you plan on straightening your hair a lot then you will also want to periodically use an intensive treatment product to repair damage to your hair.

Step 3 Wash, Condition, and Dry Your Hair

Before you straighten your hair you will want to make sure that you wash and condition your hair. This will set the stage for a beautiful hair style. The conditioner will also help to protect your hair from heat damage. You may also want to consider using a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for people who use to heat to style their hair. Finally, you will want to dry your hair completely before you use your flat iron.

Step 4 Prepare Your Hair for the Iron

Before you start to straighten your hair you need to prepare your hair for the process. Start by adding the heat protection product to your hair. Then brush your hair out. Finally, use your hair clips to separate your hair into equal sections and layers.

Step 5 Straighten Your Hair

Now that you are ready to straighten your hair you will want to plug in your flat iron and move all of your supplies near the iron. When the flat iron has heated up, select a section of hair to work with. Clamp on the flat iron near the root of your hair and apply pressure as you pull it down the strand of hair. When a strand has been straightened, you can move it to the side and move on to the next strand. Continue until you have straightened all of your hair. You may need to enlist the help of a friend to straighten the back of your hair, especially if this is the first time that you tried to straighten your hair.

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