Why You Really Need Ceramic Hair Straightener (and How to Use it!)

Alyssa François | 08 July 2016

Put your straightener to good use with this easy tutorial.

When it comes to flat ironing your hair at home, the first step is to invest in a good flat iron. One of the best flat irons you can get is a ceramic hair straightener, the plates will save you from a number of damaging effects that traditional metal plates usually cause. To break it down: ceramic hair straighteners diffuse heat better throughout the hair, and they’re least likely to burn hair. Also, keep in mind that ceramic coated straighteners tend to chip and snag hair. Ouch! Once you’ve got your new straightener (with ceramic plates), it’s now time to put it to work!

Read on to learn how to use a ceramic hair straightener on your hair at home.

Steps to Using a Ceramic Hair Straightener

ceramic hair straightener long hair
Using a ceramic hair straightener is pretty simple. You’ll be a pro in no time with this tutorial.

Step 1: Begin with clean dry hair.

Never use a flat iron of any kind on wet hair. If you’re straightening hair that has been freshly washed, opt for using a leave-in conditioner that also acts as a heat defense like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-in Conditioner before blow drying to dry and using a flat iron to straighten.

SUAVE PROFESSIONALS KERATIN INFUSION HEAT DEFENSE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

Step 2: Apply heat protection of choice.

On dry hair apply a heat protectant that will help protect your hair from the damaging effects of heat. While a ceramic hair straightener does help prevent most of the damage, it’s best to be safe than sorry. Plus, a little extra protection never hurt anyone. Try TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, which can protect your hair as it conditions, which you’ll need since heat styling tools can suck moisture out of hair. This heat tamer forms a protective barrier on the hair’s surface. Opt for spraying throughout your hair or as you create sections which will be explained in the next step.

Step 3: Create your sections.

Starting from the back create a one-inch section and clip away the rest of your hair. Take a smaller subsection of your hair and apply some heat protectant (if you haven’t done so in the aforementioned step). Then, glide the flat iron down your hair from the root to the tip, in one pass only. Glide at a pace that’s not too fast and not too slow to prevent having to pass the straightener over the same section of hair again.

Step 4: Comb through and add shine.

Once you’ve completed all sections. Comb through with a long tail comb to style your hair. Add a serum or oil like Dove Absolute Curls Serum-In-Oil whose formula give you added shine and tame your frizz.

Have you used a ceramic hair straightener on your hair?