Choosing the Perfect Flat Iron
All flat irons are not created equal. Buying thermal tools is one of the areas where you tend to get what you pay for. Bargain flat irons often end up not being a bargain at all. Not only do they often wear out more quickly, they usually don’t contain the same hair-protection technology that their pricier counterparts do. This isn’t to say you should spend a ridiculous sum of money on a flat iron. However, if this is a tool you often use, buy the best quality you can afford.
Tips on choosing a great flat iron:
- The right plate material: In the past, there wasn’t much choice in the material that made up flat iron plates. For the most part, you had to use metal plates, which often heated unevenly, leading to the possibility of scorching. Now, you have your selection of gentler materials. Look for flat irons containing plates made of ceramic, titanium or tourmaline. You’ll get more even heat without those “hot pockets” that can burn and damage your hair.
- Size matters: If you use a flat iron primarily for achieving smooth hair, look for smaller plates, around one to one-and-a-half inches wide. This gives you the capability of working on small sections, which is important for creating the sleek results you’re after.
- Adjustable temperature is a must: Temperatures that are too high can burn your tresses, resulting in permanent damage, even if you only apply extreme heat one time. Good-quality flat irons have adjustable temperatures so you know exactly how much heat you’re putting on your mane. You should have a choice of very low to high temperatures. Remember, however, just because an iron goes up to 450 degrees doesn’t mean you have to crank it that high. Start with the lowest temperature you need for your desired results, and only increase the heat in small intervals if desired.
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