If you have wavy or curly hair and desire straight locks, a hair straightener or flat iron can really do the trick. However, using a hair straightener consistently can damage your hair and lead to split ends. When your hair has split ends, it can appear damaged, dry, and frizzy. No one wants that!
There is a way to straighten your hair and avoid split ends. You will just need to show your hair a little extra TLC. First, you will need to purchase a heat protecting spray or oil. Then, separate your hair into sections. If you have thick hair, you will need smaller sections. However, you should use the widest section that you can to avoid further damage. The smaller the section of hair is, the more likely it is to become damaged. Then either spray the heat protectant on each section as you go or work an oil into the hair. Comb through the section thoroughly before you use the straightener. A boar-bristle hairbrush will work the best.
You will want to use the lowest heat setting that your hair can handle. If you have thinner hair, you will want a lower heat setting under 300 degrees F. Generally, thick and coarse hair can handle higher heat settings of 350 to 400 degrees F. Be very careful and let the straightener fully heat up before using. This way you can ensure you only need to go over the section once or twice.
A flat iron with ceramic panels can help distribute heat evenly and make your hair straight more quickly. Remember to try not to use a flat iron daily because it can really damage your hair. Give your hair a break every few days. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can also help to reduce split ends and keep your hair shiny. Using a hair mask or deep conditioner every week or so can also help keep your hair healthy and prevent split ends from forming.
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