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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 use a hair straightener step by step Guide

There are many ways to make your hair look great and straightened hair is one of them. Straightened hair creates a new look for its wearer while also paving the way for the creation of different types of haircuts and styles. By establishing the above, it now begs the question on which tools are needed to straighten hair. A number of tools are required which include flat iron, heat protective spray, shampoo, conditioner, pins or clips and curling tongs, hairspray and others that are used to hold straight hair in place. Pins or clips and curling tongs help to add flips and curls to straightened hair while products such as hairspray are used to hold straight hair in place.

If you decide to transform your look, whether the purpose for it is for attending social or business events, it is always important to use the right tools and techniques to achieve the best results for your new look. These tools can be purchased from health and beauty retailers, salons and online marketers. You can always read reviews on different brands of these tools in order to find the best quality and subsequently at a pocket-friendly price.

Summary of hair straightener tools and their uses

1.      Flat iron- straightens hair

2.      Heat protectant- protects hair from the heat of the straightener

3.      Hair clips- holds hair in sections

4.      Shampoo and conditioner- cleans hair before straightening

5.      Hair dryer- softens hair and adds shine before straightening

6.      Hairspray- keeps hair straight

7.      Silicone based hair shine- adds shine to hair and maintains straight hair

Process of straightening hair

The following steps will give you a step by step guide on how to straighten your hair which should be followed faithfully to be able to achieve the best results. But it is also important to know that once you have acquired enough experience, you can as well add new tools and products that might help in improving your overall look.

1.     Wash hair

Hair should be washed while also using a conditioner in order to soften it. You can also opt to add a product that makes the hair appear healthy and shiny in order to pull off that glamorous look that you desire.

2.     Dry hair

After washing your hair, the next step would be to dry it using a blow dryer. This helps to give your hair a sheen plus also soften your hair. While drying, it is also advisable to apply a heat protector while straightening hair in order to guard your hair against heat damage.

3.     Section hair and clip it up

If you have long hair, sectioning the hair is required. This makes your hair more manageable. The hair should be divided into four sections and after doing that, clip them to the top of your head, while at the same time allowing a layer at the back to hang down.

4.     Apply heat protectant.

After doing the above process, you should spray the heat protectant in the first section and at the same time repeating this process on their remaining sections. Furthermore, it should be noted that heat protectant should be applied before using the straightening iron.

5.     Use the straightener

This process deals with the section of hair that is hanging down. Here you should separate a strip that is averagely two or three centimetres wide and clamp the iron strip near the roots and slowly pull the iron down towards the tips. This process should be repeated throughout the entire section until you are satisfied with your results.

It is important to realise that each individual’s hair is different and with that in mind, it is advisable that you find a heat level that works best for your hair. Caution should be taken while undertaking the above procedure. This is because delicate hair produces best results with multiple passes with low heat setting, while thick and curly hair produces best results with slow continuous strokes on a high heat setting. It is therefore established that you balance all the factors that are applicable while carrying out the above process. Points to also note is that high heat left in a single place for too long damages hair and too many multiple passes wear hair out. You should ensure that as much as you are trying to straighten your hair, it should not be passed the comfort zone that your natural hair is limited to, otherwise you would be doing more damage than good to your hair.

6.     Style hair

This process is optional as it only adds beauty to the already beautiful hair. Here you may choose to curl, flip or add other styles to your hair using a curling iron. A shine solution is added to your hair after completing using the curling iron creating a beautiful shiny touch to the perfectly styled hair. Some products used in the process may be flammable so and may ignite due to the heat from the iron and as a precautionary measure, all treatments should be administered to avoid any damage that may occur.

Other considerations

Although straightening of hair is good, too much straightening over a short period of time causes damage to hair. Also, skin damage may be imminent therefore precaution should be taken. Measures such as limiting frequency of straightening hair to a mere three or four times each week.

Choosing hair straighteners

There are a numerous number of hair straighteners available in the market and it is the responsibility of the user to choose a product that fits your specifications in both price and quality. If you are confused and feel as if it is difficult to find a particular product fitting to your needs you can as well read reviews on the internet from various users of each product and with that it will become easier on your part to find a Best hair straightener.

In summary to the above process, the following should be followed in order to create the glamorous look that you have been wanting to pull off. To start off, you should wash your hair using conditioner and shampoo after which you should dry it thoroughly using a blow dryer or just air. Due to heat damage which occurs normally while using a hair dryer, a heat protectant should be used. Divide hair into four sections while pinning or clipping it while allowing hair at the back of your head to hang down. Make sure the sections are two to three centimetres wide as you guide the hair straightener down the length of the strands to the tips. 

This process should be continuous and clip each sector once completed. When you are done, you can opt to curl your hair using a curling iron. This should be done before you add any hair spray or hair shine products. Also, caution should be taken such as avoiding multiple passes through your hair with high heat settings or single passes with low heat settings. Plus limit the frequency of hair straightening to a minimum of two or three times a week. Purchases of the various tools and products can be found in health and retail shops or even on online marketers. If you encounter any trouble while choosing a product that fits your needs you can always read reviews of each product till you find a suitable match. Straightening of hair is always the best option when you want to elevate your look.

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