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Woman straightening her hair

Straight Hair Awaits: How to Use a Flat Iron

A Beginner’s Guide

Using a flat iron can help you achieve certain looks and hairstyles that simply wouldn’t be possible with modern hair products. However, there is definitely an art to using a flat iron, and is an art that must ultimately be mastered. If you’ve never even so much as seen a flat iron, this guide contains all the information you need to use one like the pros.

1. Turn the flat iron on. Depending on the straightener, it might automatically turn on as soon as it’s plugged in, or you may need to flip a power switch. Once the device is on, be sure to adjust the heat setting. Higher temperatures will produce quicker, better results, but they will also do the most damage to your hair. You can take some time to play around with the device to find a setting that works for you.

2. Apply heat spray. Many people achieve sleek looks that lasts all day long by using heat sprays. In order to apply it, you must spray it on before you begin ironing your hair. The spray will help your hair maintain its style throughout the day, and it will also protect against frizz.

3. Divide your hair into sections. There are a number of ways in which you can manage your hair while you iron it. Many people use hair ties or clips for easy sectioning. Attempting to iron your hair all at once will likely result in uneven clumps. Using sections will ensure the most even results.

4. Begin straightening each section of hair. Starting closely to the scalp, clamp the flat iron on a section of hair, and run it down slowly until it is no longer clamping any hair. Depending on the quality of the device, you might need to repeat this motion several times to achieve results.

5. Release each section when you’re ready to iron it. When a section is completely straightened, untie another and let it fall down beside or on top of the previous section. As you continue ironing your hair, you’ll develop new strategies for separating your hair and achieving the best look possible.