Flat Iron Your Hair Like a Pro

CC by Lauren Paulsen

Flat irons are the best way to get stick straight hair that shines and moves. However, if you don’t use a flat iron correctly, it can have very damaging effects on your hair. Flat irons can give off quite a bit of heat. If you saw the much-awaited season premier of Jersey Shore Season 4 in Italy last night, you saw Deena burn off a good chunk of her hair with a piping-hot hair iron. The following tips to flat iron your hair like a pro will help you avoid damaging it like Deena!

Prevention:
Wash your hair properly. A flat iron is less effective on dirty or oily hair. If you flat iron your hair on a daily basis, use a thermal protection shampoo and conditioner, such as those in the CHI Infra Home Stylist Kit, $40. Side note: try not to flat iron your hair every day.

Do not use any hair products after washing (aside for some thermal protection like CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray, $11 or a straightening balm like Straight Sexy Hair Power Straight Balm, $11.59).

Dry your hair completely with a professional hair dryer (roots to tips). Even slight moisture can cause damage to your hair AND flat iron.

After your hair is dry, now you may apply the straightening balm and heat protection spray mentioned above.

Comb out any tangles in your hair while you give your hair iron a few minutes to heat up.

Technique:
Of course, start by owning a professional flat iron.

Divide your hair into 4 sections.

Iron sections a maximum of 1 inch wide (beginning at the bottom and moving towards the top).

Do not let the hair iron sit on any one piece of hair for too long. Keep the iron constantly moving.

Comb through hair after each section is straightened.

Anything to add, TBP Blog readers?

Jersey Shore Hair Tutorial: Pauly D’s Blowout Hair 101

After the craze that developed for MTV’s Jersey Shore, a show that revolves around the daily lives of a group of guidos and guidettes, a lot of people want to know about the tremendous maintenance processes that each of the cast members undergo. Pauly D., known for his perfect, rock-hard blowout hairstyle, gave Daily News a step-by-step how to tutorial on attaining his impeccable ‘do. It takes him about 25 minutes to perfect before he walks out the door any given day. Of course, the first important step to the Blowout hair tutorial is to have a blowout haircut. You also need to make sure you have the necessary hair products – and a lot of them! Follow these blowout hair tutorial steps for the hairstyle.

  1. Begin with clean, wet hair.
  2. Blow dry it for “high volume” for about 10 minutes (Bio Ionic Powerlight Pro Dryer)
  3. Finish up the drying process by carefully going around lifting the hair with a plastic styling brush for about 5 minutes.
  4. Use Joico’s Ice Spiker, water-resistant styling glue that promises a “cement finish”. Pauly D. insists Ice Spiker is the only hair product he will ever use for this hairstyle. “It’s like Elmer’s glue. It’s got the strongest hold. There’s nothing else on the market like it,” he says.
  5. Carefully apply the gel around the edges of the blowout hair in an upward direction. Rub in the white left behind by the product, but do not be overly concerned with getting rid of all the white.
  6. Finish the hairstyle by spraying Got2b’s Glued Spiking Freeze spray all around the sides and the top of the blowout hair.
  7. Finally, blow dry all around the blowout hairstyle while using your fingers to touch up the spikes.
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