The Smoothing Iron Handbook, Part One: The Tool
The flat iron, the versatile styling tool most of us have come to depend on. In cosmetology school, we were trained to call it a smoothing iron instead of a flat iron, so from here on out that’s what we’ll refer to it as. It makes more sense, this tool does much more than flatten! It can give volume, tight curls, loose curls, beach waves, flips, and much more!
We’re gonna get all up in the business of these beauty sticks over the next four weeks, so let’s start with what kind of iron you need.
When looking into purchasing a new smoothing iron, you need to make sure your needs are being met. This is one of the “commitment” purchases, I’ve had irons outlast cars. (I probably take better care of my irons, but that’s another story.)
Make sure the iron has temperature control, this is essential.
Most hair textures do not require the heat turned all the way up to 400-450 degrees. Most heads of hair will receive optimum results with 280-360. To determine your temperature setting, start with a lower temperature and slowly increase until you have the results you want.
What the plates are made of makes a huge difference.
Plain ol’ ceramic just doesn’t cut it anymore. Titanium plates are the newest and highest level of smoothing iron technology. These plates are able to maintain an even temperature across the surface without overheating, unlike a six month old ceramic iron. Have you noticed how the coloring on the ceramic irons changes after daily use, and snagging and “crisp” hair becomes more common? That’s why.
The titanium plates are slicker and far more durable than other metals used for ironing have ever dreamed of being.
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