Written by Anza Goodbar (last updated April 16, 2021)
My oldest daughter has extremely curly hair. Her hair is thick and unruly if not treated. She uses a salon straightening process, however she still needs to use a flat iron to reduce volume and frizz. Just like curling irons, flat irons get extremely hot. Even with the best flat irons, proper care should be used to prevent damage.
Now your hair is ready to straighten:
As with any heated hair tool, if hair is thin, brittle or damaged, it would not be advisable to use a hot iron as the primary way to style hair. It is important to use hair care products that will protect hair from heat damage. The best flat iron to use is one that has a controllable thermostat. Adjust it to the minimum temperature required to get the desired result.
There are different sizes and widths of flat irons to match the type of hair being styled. Short hair should use thin paddles, often referred to as tongs. Long thick hair can use the wider, longer paddles to reduce time needed for styling. Ceramic flat irons will conduct the heat more evenly and reduce hot spots that can cause damage.
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