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Published on: 18 Jan 2017 by bently

How to choose a crimping iron

Crimped hair makes thin hair look voluminous and wavy. Crimping iron looks just similar to Hair Straightener, except the fact that the plates have ridges to form the crimps. You need to consider a few important factors before you buy a crimping iron. Here are some pointers to start with.

Varieties of crimping iron:

The width of the ridges on the plates is what decides the crimping factor. If you want your hair to be crimpy, wavy, curly, then you should choose plates with narrow ridges. If you simply need some wavy hair without much crimp, then you should choose plates with widely spaced ridges. You can also find crimping iron with flat grates for making wavy, crimpy hair back to straight.

Temperature setting:

It is better to choose one with variable temperature controls. So, you can have a finer control of the temperature depending on the strength of your hair strands. If your hair is damaged from previous styling, then you may want to apply less heat; whereas, if you want dense crimpy pattern, you need to increase the temperature while crimping. Cost wise, crimping iron with temperature controls and other settings certainly cost a lot more than ordinary crimping iron with no temperature controls at all. But, it is better to have one with the provision to fine tune temperature according to your needs because the strength of hair never remains same and it keeps changing.

Interchangeable plates:

Some flat iron has interchangeable plates for both straightening and crimping. So, you can both straighten and crimp your hair as and when needed without much effort. This is by far better than buying two different products for straightening and crimping.

Material of the heating plates:

Ceramic is the most widely used material for making plates of both crimping iron and flat iron. This is because it distributes heat evenly without overheating any specific section of a plate. You can also try one with plates of tourmaline or titanium. But, it is better to talk to your local beautician before you buy one because each type of material of plates has its own advantages and is specifically meant for treating specific type of hair.

Size of the crimping plates:

The size and the width of the plates are important factors you need to consider when you buy a crimping iron. If you have large volume of thick, coarse hair, then going for a medium size or small size plates won’t work out at all. You have to take several passes with small plates. This can be irritating, especially if you have large volume of hair. So, you need to specifically ask for large plates that can plow through dense hair in fewer passes. In the same way, if you have fine hair with less volume, choosing large plates can damage your hair permanently due to high heat. For fine hair, small plates would work well. Medium size plates is best for normal hair.


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