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What did we ever do without them? Go Frizzy!
Blow dryers, when they came on the scene, changed hairstyling forever. Before that, it was long hours under a hairdryer with rollers in your hair. With a strong hot blow dryer, the right brush, and an hour of our time, we are able to achieve soft flowing hairstyles and less time in preparation: that is, if your hair is healthy and dries fast.
Flat irons have added a whole new dimension to the art of beautiful hair. A few quick sweeps of the iron through your hair, and you can smooth out the appearance of dry frizzy hair, add shine to your free flowing locks, and with a little twist of the wrist, accomplish a curl at the ends of your hair.
And how about those bangs? Ceramic flat irons now come in tiny little purse size irons for those quickie touch ups while you are out and about the day. No need to begrudge the weather and plan for a bad hair day. Just pull out your tiny iron from your huge purse and grab a quick touch up while visiting the ladies room.
There is no doubt these flat irons will make your styling job easier, and there is no question about the beautiful end results. The only question that remains is which one to buy?
Ceramic flat irons come in as many sizes as there are brushes. Just think of the iron in the same way you would think to select your styling brush. The jumbo size irons are best for long thick hair: it irons the hair perfectly straight. The one-inch to one and a half inch width is the most popular, because it straightens as well as gives bend to the ends if a twist of the wrist is applied. The three quarter inch is best used for short hair that requires the width of the iron to get closer to the scalp.
When purchasing your iron, don’t be afraid to ask the sales clerk to open the box and let you see how tightly the iron closes. Some irons close nicely and leave no gap between the paddles, while others will not close all the way leaving too much of a gap. If there is an obvious gap when you close the iron, your hair will slip through without receiving the benefit of the time you put into the job.
With a little practice, anyone can learn to use a flat iron at home.
- It is best if you can sit in front of a mirror
- Use several clips to section your hair
- Be certain that your hair is dry
- Start at the nape of the neck and iron small sections
- Work you way up ironing one section at a time
- A little more detailed styling around the face will be required
Should you desire a little bend at the ends of your hair instead of perfectly straight, simply turn your wrist when the iron reaches the ends of your hair, and finish with a semi circle twist that adds a nice finish, especially if you have a little layering in your hair.
Whichever ceramic flat iron you choose to purchase, have fun with the results, and do keep your receipt since most companies will allow you to return it within a given period of time. If you don’t get the results you are looking for the first time, try another brand!