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Rosalind E. Demarest




21 Mar 1990
United States

Hi, I’m Rosalind E. Demarest, professional stylist and hairdresser, through This Awesome become gorgeous blog; share my experience, beauty tip's and tricks, so you can look pretty.

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Published on: 27 Jul 2016 by rosalind-demarest

How To Choosing the right flat iron for your hair type

There are a wide array of flat iron products available hence many people might be confused and ask themselves all sorts of questions such as the size needed, temperature, plate and many others. It is, therefore, essential for a person to be able to follow a particular guide on how to tackle these problems.

For coarse, thick or curly hair:

Thick and curly hair are often considered in the application of flat iron. It is therefore recommended that you should be able to identify whether your hair type, and in the case of thick and curly hair, the recommended measure is no less than 1 ¼ “of flat iron if your hair doesn’t reach your shoulders, but if your hair is longer, that is, past your shoulder, it therefore becomes advisable that you use 1 ½ to 3 inches of flat iron.

Coarse, thick and curly hair is less prone damage due to high temperatures. This, therefore, means that temperatures as high as 356 degrees Fahrenheit are acceptable for most fixed temperature irons. However, if the desired results are still not acquired, you can try an iron that you can raise the temperature to a maximum of 410 degrees Fahrenheit.

For normal hair:

For longer normal hair, a lower amount of iron is required, usually 2 inch plates, hence giving room for more hair to be straightened in one pass. The excessive passing of the iron plates often leads to hair damage hence it is cautioned to users to pass the iron plates though your hair as little as possible. This, therefore, means that shorter normal hair requires an average of 1 to 1 ¼ “of the flat iron to straighten your hair.

For thin, damaged and/or chemically treated hair

This type of hair is often fragile and prone to high temperatures. A delicate tool is advised due to the fragility of the hair and a size averaging 1 to 1 ¼” flat iron is advised. A temperature not exceeding 360 degrees Fahrenheit is required, often, lower temperatures than that are recommended although not too low.

In summary;

Plate size less than 1”-perfect for short hair.

1” to 1 ¼”+- perfect for medium length hair.

1 ½” to 2”+- perfect for longer hair.

Temperature: less than 250 degrees- perfect for fragile and thinly stranded hair.

Non-adjustable temperatures between 300 to 360 degrees- perfect for most hair types.

More than 360 degrees- perfect for coarse, thickly stranded hair.

Although the above summary is good, each person’s hair varies and it’s normal to find situations where best flat iron works best for you but not work as effectively to your peers. You may also come to realise that a size of 1” to 1 ¼” iron plate size, often with an adjustable temperature produces the best results for your type of hair as your hair can be easily modified to achieve you desired modifications and expectations. It is therefore to our utmost belief that all advice we have relayed to you will be helpful and make your life a lot easier! Any further help that you may require may be submitted to us via email, and we will get back in touch with you once we have obtained a proper solution to suit your specific needs.


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