The hair fiber is a complex tissue of the body, very different from one woman to another. Thus, some people are lucky enough to have perfectly straight hair. Others, on the other hand, must use a straightener to achieve this result and eliminate small frizz. Here are some tips for straightening your hair without damaging it.
Tired of frizzy and unruly hair? In this case, rest assured, you are far from the only woman in this situation. As proof, many stars regularly use straighteners to style their hair. Sofia Essaidi, Nicole Kidman, Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz or even Vanessa Paradis… All these celebrities have naturally curly hair and have learned how to use the straightener without damaging it!
Be aware, however, that it is very important to take precautions when you want to use a straightener daily. Indeed, depending on the nature of your hair, your hair fiber may not be able to withstand so much heat! Here are our five tips for having beautiful straight lengths, without waves and without risking damaging your mane.
Choose a quality straightener
Let it be said: not all straighteners display equivalent quality. This is also why some models are much more expensive than others. In reality, everything depends on the coating of the plates. The first price straighteners have a scrap coating, simply covered with a thin layer of ceramic. These wear out very quickly and are then harmful to the hair. For do not damage your hair fiberit is much better toopt for 100% ceramic plates. These are more durable. With them, the heat is better distributed. Finally, the plates slide much better all along the hair.
Protect your hair before straightening
To avoid having brittle hair and split ends, it is essential to protect your hair upstream. Indeed, once the hair is too damaged, it can no longer be repaired, even using masks. Some treatments are specifically designed for nourish the hair fiber. They contain naturally protective ingredients against heat. This is, for example, the shea butter as well as argan, coconut, macadamia nut and avocado oils. So always remember to use a thermoprotective treatment before the passage of your plates.
Only straighten your hair when it is completely dry
Note that it is also important to do not run your straightener over wet hair. When the hair is not properly dried before the passage of the plates, it creates a crackling sound. The temperature difference is all the more brutal. The hair is instantly grilled!
Do not abuse smoothing and temperature
Even if you are in a hurry, you should never abuse the heat of the straightener. In general, this does not improve the result obtained, quite the contrary… Excessive temperature tends to dry out the hair fiber and create a “straw” effect. Whatever the nature of your hair, professionals recommend do not exceed 180°C. Similarly, it is totally useless to iron the straightener a multitude of times. One to two passages maximum per lock are more than enough to smooth it.
Perform restorative care
Finally, even taking all the necessary precautions, and even having strong hair, it is undeniable: repeated straightening is experienced as aggression by your hair. They therefore need comfort. It is recommended to offer them a restorative mask at least once a week. Leaving a nourishing and moisturizing product on the hair for a little longer allows it to be deeply regenerated. It also helps to better coat the hair fiber and to close hair cuticles. In other words, the treatment also helps to make your hair smoother, silkier and shinier. It is an essential complement.
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