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Thick, course hair? Or very curly? If it’s about your hair texture, or maybe if you just want to straighten your hair in a flash, a good, hot flat iron is the answer. However, not all flat irons are capable of reaching high temperatures and keeping your hair healthy at the same time.
There are few flat irons that can reach 450°F and even less that genuinely look after your hair, so forget about economic brands right away. Even if these promise high temperatures, they also produce uneven heat and can create hotspots, overheating your hair and causing damage. The reason for this is that cheaper flat irons use low quality heating materials that provide burning, unhealthy heat. Concentrate on finding a professional flat iron that you know comes with high quality heating elements.
Why a 450°F flat iron? If your hair is thick, unruly or just difficult to style, you can apply high temperatures so that it can be styled quickly and successfully. if you have thin or fine hair, so much heat isn’t quite necessary because the delicate strands are more vulnerable to heat damage, but if you find a 450°F flat iron with variable heat settings, then expect safe styling and quick results.
With a professional flat iron that reaches 450°F, you need to check that the technology and heating elements it uses are advanced and genuine. With ceramic or tourmaline you can be sure of constant temperatures, even heat and swift styling even if your hair is thick or curly. The ceramic provides a gentle, moist and even heat that makes sure the natural oils of your hair are sealed in for shiny, healthy styles.
So which is the best flat iron that can produce these high temperatures? Check out the Karmin G3, which features tourmaline ceramic technology and pure tourmaline ceramic plates to style thick, course or curly hair easily.
Did you know that the way you look after your flat iron reflects almost directly on your hair? It’s not just about plugging it in and using it on your hair, there’s also some maintenance work involved. You’ll notice that after quite some time and frequent handling, your flat iron will start to accumulate gunk from various styling products. This accumulation on the hot plates needs to be cleaned, otherwise you can risk the health of your hair and the functionality of your flat iron. Replacing a flat iron doesn’t exactly come cheap, so here are a few tips on how to take care of it.
Flat irons often fail to include complete instructions on how to clean them. Not to worry though, a lot of people have found effective methods to keep their products free of gunk and ready to use again.
One method is to put some alcohol or nail polish remover on the plates using a wad of cotton to rub the substances onto them gently. Then, clean the plates again with a damp cloth to remove any residue. You can also use a damp cloth on its own to wipe off the plates after each use.
Another method is to warm up the flat iron and then switch it off, allowing it to cool for a while. Wipe down the plates with a warm cloth and notice how styling products are removed easily.
There are additional products you can find on the market that are specifically made for cleaning these appliances. If you believe these products are too expensive then just use the methods mentioned above.
Your flat iron was bought with the intention of being a durable styling companion. In order for it to accomplish this, you must constantly look after it so that you can enjoy healthy results for longer.
Styling with a flat iron is so much more than plugging it in and passing it over your locks. Before you even start, you have to shampoo and condition your hair first, so that you’ll have manageable hair that can respond well to styling and remain healthy afterwards. Use hydrating shampoos and conditioners that will prepare your hair for sexy styles, and while your hair is still wet, use a thermal spray or heat protectant to place a buffer between your locks and the heat.
Next blow dry or air dry your hair completely before getting your flat iron out. You can now move on to straightening, flipping or curling your hair.
What’s the best temperature? If you have thick, course or curly hair, a heat setting of around 350-400° F should work great for you. However if your hair is fine, damaged or chemically treated use a temperature of below 300° F, though you should start with the lowest setting and work your way up as you go along. For normal hair, 300-380° F is recommended.
For flipping your hair, use the same technique as you would for straightening except that when you’re nearing the tip of the section, turn the flat iron in the direction you want the flip to be and slide the iron along. For curling, you’ll need a flat iron with rounded or curved plates, like the Karmin G3. First clamp a one inch section of your hair close to your scalp with the flat iron and give it one and a half turns in the direction you prefer. Hold the angle firmly and pull the flat iron through the length of the strand while keeping the iron in position. Now just repeat for the other sections!
Remember, you can practice and experiment as much as you want as long as you take care of your hair and your flat iron at the same time. Keep it clean from hair products so that it can last longer without damaging your hair.
Buying a professional flat iron implies a long process that includes researching, determining your own styling needs and finally selecting one flat iron out of the hundreds of brands available. Buying a professional flat iron requires more than choosing the first and most expensive model you see, there are many factors that must be checked out before the final purchase.
What sort of factors? The first one you should consider is quality. A product that uses the finest materials available is perfect to entrust the health of your hair to. There are many to choose from, just make sure the plates are made with pure materials and not merely coated in them. Mediocre flat irons, though more economic, will turn out more expensive and time-consuming in the long run, since you’ll need to spend on nourishing treatments to repair the damage in your locks after going over them over and over with a flat iron using cheap materials. A professional flat iron will not only take care of your hair, it will last a lot longer tan a mediocre product.
Professional flat irons have even heat distribution, temperature settings and state-of-the-art heating technology. Of course, not all of this is cheap so be prepared to spend a little more on quality. This doesn’t mean you should buy the most expensive model you can find because that means it HAS to be good, make a budget and search around, compare prices and benefits. A professional flat iron can cost up to $150 or more, but you can also find quite good ones at $60 to $80, perfect if you don’t use a flat iron often. If you can’t live without a flat iron, consider a genuine ceramic or tourmaline model, to guarantee your hair’s safety.
Last but no least, your own styling needs. Is your hair thick and curly? Or thin and straight? The size and heating capacity of a professional iron can influence the results depending on hair type and texture, so take this into account.
Which professional flat iron should be included in your list of options? The Karmin G3 is one, featuring effective tourmaline ceramic heating technology and pure ceramic tourmaline plates for a smooth finish and salon style results.
There’s really not much to using a flat iron, you’ll be surprised at how simple it is to achieve silken tresses that last through the day. however, following the correct steps is the only way to obtain the sleek style you want, and if you’re an avid flat iron user then it’s even more important to carry out the process properly.
Make sure you have a high quality flat iron handy, like the Karmin G3 Salon Pro, which guarantees spectacular results.
1. First of all, shampoo and condition your hair as normal, clean hair is best for straightening. Grease and dirt can build up on the plates and eventually affect the performance of your flat iron.
2. Use a heat protectant on your hair (try Pro Naturals Morrocan Oil Hair Treatment for extra protection and smoothness), spreading it over your palms and working it along the length of your locks. This will minimize heat damage and prevent your hair from drying out.
3. Your hair is still damp, so grab your hair dryer (if you don’t own one, check out the Karmin Salon Pro Hair Dryer) and a paddle brush to start drying your hair, brushing as you go. Set the setting to medium until your hair is 80% dry, and don’t worry if you notice frizz, you’ll get rid of it soon enough!
4. Separate your hair into sections, and choose a portion at the front, clipping the rest up. Grab your flat iron and go over that section, starting at the roots and pulling down towards the ends. Always keep the pressure constant until the ends of your hair fall away. Don’t stop or pause, this way the section could get uneven.
5. Repeat with all the sections of your hair until it’s all straight. You may need to run some parts through with the flat iron again to even out the style.
6. Finish off by blending the ends with your flat iron to eliminate the separation caused by the sections. A light application of spray to set the style and you’re done! Beautiful, sleek locks with not one hair out of place.