Straight Hairstyles Using a Flat Iron
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Creating straight hairstyles using a ceramic straightening iron such as the GHD, Sedu or Solia will smooth out fly-aways, create a shiny, sleek look, and a smooth feel to your hair, if you use them as directed. Straight hair styles are best achieved with one of these high-end irons.
Wash hair. Towel dry hair so that it is damp – not wet. Spray hair with GHD Thermal protector or a heat protectant. The GHD heats to over 212 degrees, so if you are worried about damage, use a heat protector.
Make sure hair is completely blow-dryed. Any dampness will cause your hair to burn and you will see steam or “smoke” as you straighten. As you blow dry your hair, point the dryer down on your hair shaft. Do not blow dry up the hair shaft towards your roots, as this will cause a frayed and frazzled look to your hair.
If your hair is thick or unruly, section off your hair by tying back sections up and out of your way. Straighten one section at a time and then move on to the next section.
Place the flat iron towards the roots of the hair and clamp down gently on 1 inch sections of hair.
Smooth the iron down the hair shaft until you reach the ends of the hair. Do not clamp down too hard on the flat iron. Simply glide the iron over your hair from roots to ends.
Note: If your hair is extremely curly, run a fine-tooth comb ahead of the flat iron (with your free hand) so that your hair is already pulled straight as the iron slides down your hair.
Here are the before and after shots of my daughter. As you can see, her hair is naturally thick and wavy (a blessed girl!), but the GHD iron literally smooths out every wrinkle making her hair baby-soft with a gorgeous sheen.
The flat iron is so hot, won't it damage my hair?
Not if you already have relatively healthy hair and don't use it over twice per week. I have baby-fine hair and I used it daily for about a 4 month period. I did start to notice breakage, so I cut back on my use.
How does something so hot actually make my hair look shiny?
The heat smooths the cuticle, therefore, making your hair look and feel shiny.
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