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9 Popular Hair Straightening Questions Answered

Last updated on: February 6th, 2020

Hair straightening can be complicated. Since everyone’s hair is different, you’ll get different results than your friends with identical methods. Even when using the best hair straightener. This can lead to lots of confusion and questions. Here are some answers to the most common questions people ask about straightening their hair.

1. Why Won’t My Hair Straighten?

If you’re having trouble straightening your hair, consider the products you’re using. Did you use a heat protecting serum? Look for one with keratin and dimethicone instead of one with oil. Both of these ingredients will help repair any damage in your hair and make it silky and beautiful.

Next, look at your conditioner. When your hair falls to straighten, it’s usually because the hair itself is damaged. Moisturizing shampoo and conditioner can go a long way. Consider switching to a hair-care regimen designed to rejuvenate your hair for a week or two before you attempt to straighten again.

Finally, ask your stylist. The professionals will be able to give you personalized advice about what you should do at home. They’ll often have the products that you need on hand, too. It’ll cost you some money to get your hair straightened at a salon, but you’ll save even more when you apply the professional advice you get in your home routine.

2. How Can I Straighten My Hair At Home?

Follow one of these 7 Alternative Ways To Straighten Your Hair or this basic guide to straightening with a flat iron:

First, take a shower. Shampoo and condition your hair. It’s a good idea to use products that will help you straighten your hair here, so if you normally use a shampoo that helps with volume and a conditioner that boosts your curls, switch to something else.

Next, blow-dry your hair. Try to use a brush to pull your hair straight while you blow-dry it from roots to tip. If you’re going to use a heat-protecting serum, apply it to your hair before this step.

Third, start to section off your hair. Use lobster clips (or whatever you have handy) to divide your hair into easy-to-work-with sections. This will make the job monumentally easier.

You’re all set to start with the flat iron now! Experts recommend starting with the innermost layers of hair first and then progressing outwards. Pull your hair out with one hand and clamp the flat iron as close to the base as you’re comfortable with. Slowly work your way down your hair in one smooth motion. With a bit of practice, you’ll figure out how fast you need to go to straighten your hair in a single pass.

If you’d like to apply any additional hair products, now is the time There are a few serums and sprays that you can use to help your look survive the day. When it’s time for bed, wrap your hair in fine cloth to help protect it while you sleep.

3. Does Straightening My Hair Damage It?

Yes. The current conventional wisdom is that if you use the correct products (including heat protection serum and leave-in conditioner) you can greatly reduce the amount of damage that a flat iron does to your hair. That said, both heat treatments (aka flat irons, blow dryers, and the like) and chemical relaxants damage your hair each time they’re used. If you want to have long, luscious locks, you’ll want to keep your straightening occasional.

4. How Can I Straighten My Hair Naturally?

If by “naturally” you mean “without human intervention,” you can’t. Doing anything at all automatically breaks this criterion.

If by “naturally” you mean “without any chemicals,” you can simply use some combination of a flat iron, rollers, and a blowdryer. This is a pretty standard method of straightening hair, although most people use conditioner and heat protecting serum to keep their hair healthy while they straighten it.

If by “naturally” you mean “without using electricity,” you pretty much have to force your hair to be straight as it dries and hope. Take a shower, wrap your hair very tightly around some rollers (or twist it into a bun) and keep it far away from any moisture. For some people, this is a surprisingly effective way of straightening hair. For others, however, it doesn’t work at all.

5. Can I Use A Hair Straightener On Wet Hair?

No. Do not use a hair straightener on wet hair, period. Even if your hair straightener is marketed as being safe for use on wet hair, do not use it unless your hair is dry.

The reason for this is simple: your hair does not like heat. The key to straightening your hair is to apply a measured amount of heat for the minimum amount of time while pulling it straight. This becomes impossible when your hair is wet. When you apply a flat iron to wet hair, the water in your hair heats up and becomes steam. This heats up the surrounding hair and makes it very difficult for you to control the temperature as you work. Straightening wet hair can very quickly lead to heat-damaged hair or even burns.

6. Can My Hair Straightener Cause A Fire?

Yeah. Flat irons get pretty hot. If you leave a flat iron on top of anything combustible (like clothes, a towel, or bathroom tissues), it can generate more than enough heat to start a fire. Be sure to leave your hair drying apparatus unplugged when you’re not using it.

7. Can I Take A Hair Straightener On An Airplane?

Yes, you can! The TSA has no qualms about you taking a flat iron or blow dryer on an airplane. You’re free to take either on your carry on or your checked baggage. No limits!

8. Which Hair Straightener Is Best: Ceramic or Titanium?

Titanium flat irons heat up more quickly than ceramic ones and often have a higher max temperature. They’re a bit more prone to having hot spots, however, and the excess heat can damage fine hair. If you’re new to straightening, you want to keep your hair healthy, and you don’t mind spending a bit more time on the actual straightening process, choose a ceramic flat iron. If you have thick, curly hair or you want to shorten your morning routine, a titanium iron is the better choice, especially if you’re experienced with a flat iron.

9. Does Straightening My Hair Get Rid Of Lice

No. While a flat iron will effectively kill lice and get rid of nits, it does not get rid of ALL nits. Lice like to lay eggs right against your scalp. These eggs aren’t easy (or possible) to hit with a flat iron, meaning that you’ll have lice again as soon as they hatch. Use a more complete solution to ensure that you get rid of 100% of all nits in order to totally get rid of lice.

Freelance writer with over 5 years experience in multiple niches. Specialist in personal care and men's grooming. Outdoor tools are something I'm pashioned about since I can remember. Other than that I do also like to travel and meet new people. "Research is creating new knowledge" - Neil Armstrong

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