If you flat iron your hair daily or have the desire to do so, let’s discuss a few common mistakes you might be making that could be inhibiting you from achieving the look you want and/or potentially damaging your hair more than is necessary.
Common Mistake #1: Not sectioning the hair into layers
It is an absolute must, especially if you have long and/or thick hair, to section your hair into 2-3 layers before straightening.
If you are trying to get your hair nice and smooth, you need to take small amounts of hair at a time, in order to achieve that look.
Parting your hair off into 2-3 sections will allow you to iron the inner layers of the hair instead of only the outer layers. When the inner layers of your hair are not smooth or straight, they will affect the look of the outer hairs as well.
So make sure you begin by parting your hair into 2-3 sections.
Common Mistake #2: Taking bigger sections than your iron
Even after parting your hair into layers, by rule of thumb you should be taking no bigger sections than the size of your iron. Not too thick, not too wide…
I see far too many people grabbing huge chunks of hair and wondering why it isn’t smooth or straight OR they have to run their iron over the same section several times which, in the end, is not good for the health of your hair.
Measure the size of your iron, and smooth sections that are no bigger than that!
Common Mistake #3: Not using heat protectant
If heat is being held on your hair to any degree, using heat protectant is a must.
If you do not use heat protectant, what ends up happening is your hair becomes brittle from the damage, and flat ironing to achieve a smooth, polished look, becomes impossible. As you run the iron over and over your damaged hair to try to achieve the look you want, it only causes more damage.
See the cycle? It is so important to have some sort of protectant spray or cream to ensure you maintain your hairs ability to be shiny and smooth in one quick go of the iron!
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Common Mistake #4: Running the iron over the same section more than 1-2 times
If you are taking the appropriate amount of hair and have purchased a quality iron, there should be no need to run the iron over your section of hair more than 2 times MAX.
Glide the iron down each section slowly, at an even pace, directing the hair where you want it to go, and you should be golden the first round.
If you are finding yourself having to go over the same section multiple times, there is likely something wrong with your technique. Is the heat up? Have you applied heat protectant? Is your section equal to or smaller than your iron?
If any of these mistakes are familiar to you, now you know.