Tips for Styling Natural Hair with a Flat Iron
Do not fear the heat, ladies. The flat iron doesn’t equal instant heat damage. Well, if you know how to prep your hair and use the heating tool properly. If you want your natural locks to have a straighten, sleek look, consider these tips:
1. Cleanse Your Hair.
Before you plug in your flat iron, you should shampoo and deep condition our hair thoroughly. You always get the best results with a flat iron with freshly washed and conditioned hair.
2. Apply a Heat Protectant.
Once your hair is completely dry, you should apply a product that protects your tresses from heat. Some heat protectants include: Fantasia IC Heat Protector Serum and Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide.
3. Adjust the temperature.
Black hair tends to be coarse, however this doesn’t mean you should begin with the highest heat setting on your flat iron. To keep your hair from being exposed to too much heat, put your iron on a lowest heat setting.
4. Slow, Steady Pace.
Before applying heat, separate your hair into sections. Within each section, you want to detangle small sections with a wide tooth comb. Take the flat iron as close as you can to the root and pull down in one smooth motion. Repeat detangling and slow pace motion with flat iron until all sections are straighten.
5. Do Not Touch It Up.
When your straighten hair starts to get out of wack, do not grab the iron for a quick touch up. Dirty hair and flat irons just do not mix. Also, this heating tool isn’t for everyday use. The best thing to do once your straighten looks disappear is to twist or braid your hair in order to bring your hair back to its wavy texture.
- Paulette Wilson