Having a straightener seems to be a very common thing nowadays. However, this device must be chosen carefully! Indeed, there are so many different models and brands that it is not always easy to find the straightener in the middle of it all. In addition, it must match your needs and especially your hair. To help you make your choice, we are going to assist you to know about hair straighteners.
Criteria to Choose Hair Straightener
On the physical point, they are all alike. But know that it is very important not to take the first straightener that you find because it is the health of your hair that you risk. Knowing how to use a straightener is one thing, but before that still needs to have an effective model. To help you choose your straightener, you must first know the differences between them. Here the most important thing you need to know is to check the buyers trend of the market as well. This will allow you to know what exactly people are buying from the market. You will not only be able to stay in latest trends, but also you will have best possible options to choose one from.
It should be borne in mind that the smoothing is generally aggressive and considerably deteriorates the hair. That’s why it’s important to invest in a straightener that fits your hair type, but also that is made of quality material. The coating is the number one point to look at. Even if it is not seen directly, it is the choice that will have the greatest impact on the quality of the smoothing but also the health of the hair. It is so important.
To visualize the importance of it, the coating is what composes, or at least coats, your plates. When you smooth your hair, you stuck it in the middle of these plates and you pull them out later. By doing this, you subject them to strong heat that traps moisture and thus prevents frizz. That’s why the hair becomes drier and brittle when you smooth your hair too much.
The plates can therefore be composed of several different materials. There are three main types of materials: ceramics, tourmaline and titanium. Each is good for different uses. The best straightener therefore varies depending on:
- The type of hair you have
- The type of hairstyle you want to make
- How much heat your hair needs
Anyway, the choice of a coating can also give you an idea of the result of the performance: how the heat is distributed, the shine of the hair, the speed of the smoothing, etc.
Some More Things to Look it At
In addition to its coating, there are other points more or less optional but that still deserve to have a look.
- The Size of the Plates
There are usually 3 types of plates: fine, normal and large. As you can imagine, straightener plates are chosen according to the type of hair but also the length of your hair.
As with plate size, you need to look closely at the temperature ranges that a device offers depending on the type and length. For example, fine hair will not require the same temperature as very thick and wavy hair.
- The heating time
This criterion is a little optional, but some people have less time than others to prepare. Let it be said, it’s always better when the heating is almost instantaneous. Especially if you use it in the morning … It’s up to you to see for this point!
- The size of the cord
Same as the previous, the length of the cord is really optional. Some will not need a cord of 2 meters to straighten your hair. Personally, I find it practical.
After the coating, it is the technology that comes second, but it will depend more on your personal criteria than your hair type. Ionic, wet and dry, steam, brush, etc … there are many different options that will make a unique iron. It’s up to you to see what you prefer later.
Still wondering which straightener to choose? Just remember these 5 points and the choice will become a breeze:
- Choose the material according to your hair type
- Think about the features before the design!
- If your hair is thick or curly, put on wide plates and high temperature
- For practical questions, look for heaters
Some Precaution Steps You Need to be Aware of
- Pay Attention to Your Hair!
As I told you earlier, using a poor quality straightener and / or straightening your hair too often damages the health of your hair. Burnt hair has neither a good smell nor a good texture. Visually this is not the top, and your haircut may not look like anything at all. It is therefore necessary to pay attention to the frequency of use and especially to the amount of heat that you make directly to your hair.
- Beware of overheating
To preserve the beauty and shine of your hair, you must be alert to the degree of temperature you select. Heat can be devastating for the hair fiber. It is not uncommon to see hair burned, broken or dried by straighteners. Ask about the ideal degree of temperature according to the nature of your hair (thin, thick, and wavy).
- Think about hair care
Faced with the straightener, hair care should not be an option. Even if you make good use of your hairdressers, the heat will continue to dry out your hair, it’s a natural fact. In addition, we strongly advise you to use hair care adapted to your hair (shampoos, masks, protective sprays, oils or thermal cements).
- Hair too Fragile: Other methods of Smoothing
If your hair seems to be suffering from the use of a hair straightener, do not insist and opt for other techniques. In broad outline, the smoothing brushes are an optimal solution, less radical than the straightener, but very appreciated by its users. Cold smoothing is less developed, but can be considered. Be careful however, the cold is also able to burn hair! To be tested with caution therefore.