How to choose the best Flat Iron
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We have been emphasizing on the damaging effect of a flat iron if not used properly. Now, we want to show you how to choose the right flat iron for your hair.
Your hair is very unique, so it is not the same with your neighbor’s hair. Even if you wish it were, yours is very beautiful too and as such, it needs a different flat iron from hers.
When you step into a salon or supermarket to buy a flat iron, you may be overwhelmed by the many brands available to choose from. So many flat irons come in different sizes, different temperature settings, plate types and designs which may be confusing if not checked.
This guide is created for you. As you read on, you will pick your iron easily and effectively too. Before we proceed, you must know that the right flat iron depends on your hair type and I hope you have determined the type of hair you are blessed with.
The two things that should be the focal point for your decision is the plate size and the temperature. As you read on, you will know the best iron to buy according to your hair type and the iron features.
HAIR STRAIGHTENER PLATE SIZE
The sizes of the flat iron plates vary. There are plate sizes of 1 inch, 1 ½ inches, 1 ¼ inches, 2 inches and 3 inches.
Short, Thick, coarse and curly hair type
If your hair type falls within these categories, the recommended plate size you should look for in a flat iron is 1 ¼ inches.
Long, thick, coarse and curly hair
If you have the above, mentioned hair which is very long, the plate size to go for is 1 ½ to 3 inches. This size of plate will help you work very fast by handling a larger section of your at a time.
Long normal hair type
If you have a long hair with normal texture, the recommended plate size is 2 inches. Yes your hair may be long but it has a normal and fine texture. You don’t need to pass the hot iron several times on it. The best thing is to straighten it in one pass to reduce the negative impact of heat on your hair.
Short normal hair
If your hair is normal but short, the recommended plate size is 1 inches to 1 ¼. This size of plates will straighten your hair very fast and effectively too.
THIN/ DAMAGED/CHEMICALLY TREATED
If your hair is already thinning, damaged or chemically treated, the recommended plate size should be from 1 inch to 1 ¼ inches. The hair can be straightened in just one pass to prevent further damages.
Temperature settings for flat iron range from 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 450F and each level is suitable for different hair types. We are also going to specify each level to match the hair types.
However, you must bear in mind that some flat iron has fixed temperature while some have an adjustable temperature. The fixed temperature irons are likely to have 356 degrees as their heat level and therefore cannot go higher than that. It is only on adjustable temperature flat irons that you will see temperature levels as high as 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
So, your choice to go for either a fixed temperature flat iron or an adjustable iron will be determined by your hair type.
If your hair is thick, you can start with the heat level of 356 degrees. When you try this heat out and it failed to straighten your hair, you can go higher to 410 degrees with an adjustable temperature flat iron.
A Coarse or curly hair sometimes may require more heat. The first thing you have to bear in mind is that if your hair falls into this category, you will need a high temperature to tame it to your liking. One good thing though, this hair types are not easily damaged by heat but are hard to be straightened with low heat.
The normal hair types do not require much heat to get straightened or styled. Some of the available brands with fixed temperature settings can work wonders on the hair. However, if you want to experiment on different styles and you want to control the heat level of your iron as you work, you can as well go for the adjustable temperature flat irons. You can find some brands that have an adjustable temperature from 170 – 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
THIN/ DAMAGED/CHEMICALLY TREATED
This hair type doesn’t require a high level of heat. If you have a thin or damaged hair, you need to be extra careful before exposing it too much heat. With a low level of heat, you can achieve great results. If you decide to pick a fixed temperature flat iron, you can go for the one set at 360 degrees.
If you want to go for adjustable temperature flat iron, you can easily use a heat level as low as 170 degrees depending on your hair.We have tried to explain the needs of different hair types when it comes to flat iron under plate size and temperature level. Thick, coarse or curly hair types need bigger plates and a higher temperature.
The normal type of hair can get medium sized plates and also a medium range of heat depending on the styles you want to add.The thin damaged or chemically treated hair can take the small size of plates and also a lower temperature level.
In summary, you have to determine the type of hair you have before buying a flat iron and start applying heat on your hair. One painful thing about a woman hair is that, if you fail to handle it well, you may lose it in chunks.
I don’t wish this on anyone at all. If you love your hair, follow our best hair straightener guides and take care of it. A fine hair is a glorious part that accentuates a woman’s beauty.
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