How To Straighten Hair Like a Pro with a Flat Iron

All Things Hair | 19 September 2016

Embrace sleek goddess vibes with the help of a flat iron. 

There are certain hair care products that should be in everyone’s bathroom, and for us, that is definitely the flat iron. Whether you have straight hair, wavy hair or curly hair, you can always rely on a flat iron to help you to smooth out your strands, and even curl them, if you master that method. As with any heat styling tool, it’s important to know the ins and outs of how to use a flat iron before you begin amping up the heat. Read on to check out our step-by-step guide to learn how to use your flat iron to create some amazingly awesome straight hair.

Flat Iron: How to Use it in 6 Steps

How To Straighten Hair Like a Pro with a Flat Iron
Create sleek, straight strands with a flat iron.

1. Start with clean hair.

Before you even begin to think about clamping your hair between a flat iron, you need to hop in the shower and wash your hair with an ultra moisturizing combo. We’re huge fans of the Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo and the Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Moisturizing Conditioner. This powerful combo works to moisturize and hydrate your hair.

2. Add a smoothing agent.

After letting your hair air-dry for a little bit, before finishing off with a little time under a blow dryer, add a dime-sized amount of smoothing product, like the TRESemmé Smooth & Silky Anti-Frizz Secret Creme. Not only will this product protect against frizz, but it also works as a heat protectant by fighting against moisture lost due to heat styling which is essential when using a flat iron.

3. Don’t go overboard with styling products.

After you’ve finished blow drying your hair, it’s important to not add more products to your hair before straightening. When you use a flat iron on your hair you’re exposing your locks to extreme heat which, if paired with lots of products, can create product build-up and heat damage by essentially boiling the product onto your hair with no place for it to escape except for into your follicle.

4. Detangle and preheat.

The last step before actually getting a little hands-on is to preheat your flat iron and brush your hair out while it warms up. You want to have completely de-knotted hair before running a flat iron over it in order to avoid kinks and heat damage. As for the preheating process, the common rule of thumb is higher temps for thicker hair and lower temps for finer hair. Despite high temps being available, 450 degree temps were actually created for in-salon use, such as for keratin treatments and other chemical treatments. That said, be sure to stick to the 300 range, which is way safer for your hair and scalp.

5. Begin straightening your hair.

Star on the underside of your head and work towards the top, section by section. For each section, clamp the flat iron as close to your scalp as possible without burning yourself. Next, slowly move your flat iron down your strands from the root to the tip. Repeat until your full head is completely straightened.

6. Lock in your style.

After all that work you want to make sure that your hair stays sleek and smooth. Use some of the Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray to add a light hold and extra shine to your super straight hairstyle.

Looking for even more tips about how to use your flat iron? Check out our feature on how to curl your hair with a flat iron.

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