Using heat styling with a flat iron, you can achieve smooth, shiny hair, as well as give it volume or make attractive curls. It all depends on the chosen installation method. At the same time, the daily use of hot styling can harm the hair, so you should not forget about the health of your hair and choose gentle methods of hot styling using thermal protective agents.
Hot hairstyling method using:
- Flat iron – for straightening
- Hairdryer – to add volume
- Curling iron – for curling
- Thermal curlers – to create curls
- Hot comb– for straightening and smooth texture
With the help of an iron, you can not only straighten or twist curls and make unruly hair smooth but also remove the electrostatic charge, giving your hair shine. Irons are easy and convenient to use. They come in three types, according to the coating of the plates: titanium, tourmaline, and ceramic.
The most gentle are irons with ceramic and tourmaline coated plates. But even their use requires the application of thermal protective agents to the hair.
Blow-drying your hair can add volume to your hair. It is good if the hairdryer is equipped with nozzles: a diffuser, a brush, and a concentrator. It is desirable that the hairdryer has three temperature settings: high – for drying, medium – for styling, and cold – to complete styling.
Before using the hairdryer, it is advisable to apply a heat protectant to the hair. Start drying from the back of the head, from the crown to the ends of the hair. But at the time of styling, the hair should be slightly damp, not over-dried. Laying should begin from the ends to the crown, taking individual strands and using warm or cold air.
With a curling iron, you can curl your hair into spiral curls using a vertical curl or into regular curls using a horizontal curl. Before curling, it is not recommended to apply gel, foam, etc. to the hair. Since hair sticking to the hot surface of the curling iron may occur.
When styling, the hair should be divided into separate strands, no more than 4 cm thick, for better warming. Start curling from the tips to the roots. Keep the hair in the curling iron for no more than 7 seconds.
Thermal curlers for styling
You can create beautiful curls or simply add volume to your hair with the help of thermal curlers. Before use, they need to be heated in water, and then immediately wound onto curls. Remove only after complete cooling.
To lift the hair at the roots, wind the thermal curlers horizontally, lifting the strands up. Styling products should be applied at a minimum so that the hair does not stick together. After removing the curlers, straighten the resulting curls with your fingers without a comb and use hairspray.
How to protect your hair during hot styling?
If you plan to shape your hair with the help of thermal devices, you definitely need to protect your hair during hot styling. For such purposes, you can use sprays, mousses, foams, gels, varnishes, creams and serums from well-established manufacturers. These products contain vitamins, herbal extracts and proteins that help to retain moisture in the strands and prevent drying out or damage.
It is necessary to choose products for hot hairstyling with tongs or other devices depending on their type:
- For damaged and weakened curls, a cream, serum, or gel is ideal
- For thin and rare strands – use sprays
Owners of naughty and electrified curls for combing are best to choose a wooden comb, and not a regular brush.