There are straighteners in abundance, but what is the right product for you and how do you use it correctly? Pay attention to the price, technical aspects, hair type and the condition of your hair. We'll give a few pointers for buying and using to avoid hair damage!
Checklist for the right straightener:
- In order to avoid permanent heat damage, your styling device should have a temperature control. Healthy and naturally straight hair generally requires less heat than very frizzy or thick hair.
- Fine or shorter hair usually only needs straightening irons with narrow plates. For very thick hair, we recommend using models with wide heating plates.
- Pay attention to the coating! Ceramic, titanium or tourmaline are gentle on the hair and increase the gliding ability when straightening.
- There are now models that also have a heat protection sensor. The temperature is adjusted automatically and can counteract hair damage automatically.
- Ion technology: During straightening, the hair is coated with negatively charged ions, which has a positive effect on the moisture balance.
Never straighten your hair when it's damp or wet!
Always pay attention to the right temperature and be sure to adapt it to your hair type (see above).
Don't pull your hair down with the straightener. Take a comb and pull out a thick strand. Don't straighten away from the hairline, but rather away from the centre of the strand.
Very damaged hair, e.g. after bleaching, should not be straightened for a long time. The hair structure is already very damaged, and if styled with heat, the hair can break off.
Straightening hair WITHOUT heat protection is taboo! Never forget to use a heat protection spray. This wraps around your hair like a protective coat and protects the hair structure from heat.