We're all guilty of it. You're busy, you need to get out of the house, and you haven't even straightened your hair yet. That means that you're cranking the temperature up on your hair straighteners to get the job done quicker. It works in the short term, but in reality it's frying the life out of your hair. Instead, you need to find the right temperature for your hair and stick to it, come hell or high water. Spend the time now to find out what the ideal temperature for you is, and you'll have amazing hair whenever you step out of the door.
WHY TEMPERATURE IS IMPORTANT?
Is temperature really that important? As long as the straightener is hot, it'll get the job done, right? Well, yes and no. If your straightener is hot, then yes, it will straighten your hair. However, it could well be too hot or too cold to do the job properly. If the straightener is too cold, then you're to go over the same sections of hair over and over again. That means you're going to damage the hair through constant heat, and it's going to look lifeless. If it's too hot, you'll be doing instant damage every time you break the straightener out. Like Goldilocks, you'll want a temperature that's just right.
If you're going to do this, you need to do it right. That's why you'll need to buy a pair of straighteners with the right features. This is what to look for the next time you go shopping:
Adjustable temperature: This is the big one. If your current set of flat irons don't have a temperature dial, then they're no good for you. You need to be able to set the temperature you need on them. Your new set needs some way for you to control the heat.
Light up indicators and displays: These are essential to you knowing that your flat irons are at the right temperature. If your set has light up indicators, they'll light up when your flat irons are at the right heat for you to use. If yours have a display, then it will show you the temperature your irons are currently at.
So, then, what temperature do your irons need to be at, to keep your hair looking great and staying damage free? Everyone's hair is different, and has different needs.
The temperature you need will depend on several factors, such as the thickness of your hair, whether it's already suffered damage, and how it reacts to heat. If you want to find your perfect temperature, get your Alan Truman Straightener and turn it to its lowest heat setting. Then, keep testing it on your hair and upping the heat until you start getting results. Once you find the temperature that works for you, keep the dial set to it.
Pro tip: Always keep the iron moving to avoid frying hair in any one spot. Remember that as you go, you'll get faster and faster! Always operate flat irons with caution even after you consider yourself an experienced user.
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