The Smoothing Iron Handbook, Part Two:
The Straight Edge
Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Alexis Bledel, the list goes on of ladies we love with the classic look of straight, shiny, and gorgeous hair.
So obviously we want it.
But it’s easy to get carried away and damage your hair, or to miss the pesky waves at the back of your head.
Here’s how to not look a hot mess.
We enlisted the help of the gorgeous and fabulous hair pro,
Becca Key, of Counting Stars Salon!
Start at the bottom, clipping up all the other hair working section by section.
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use heat protection!
Crispy hair is a good look for no one. Spray about six inches away from your head, and focus the spray on the midshaft and ends of your hair. Spraying too close to the root can get gunky real quick!
After spraying a heat protection spray, take the iron in one hand, and a comb in the other, grab a section of hair about the width of the iron plates, and half an inch deep in the comb and follow with the iron, like the comb is leading the iron on an invisible leash. (Leash kids unite!)
When first closing the iron on your hair, be careful not to clamp down too hard, or you will create a line. Instead, keep the iron moving constantly and tighten your grip as you move down the hair shaft.
If needed, pass lightly over the base area a few times until you achieve the look you desire.
After finishing the bottom section, grab a hand mirror and check the back of your head to see if there are any spots you missed, and then drop the middle section of your hair and continue the process.
For a softer look, slightly turn the iron in towards your face- this trick also hides the appearance of split ends when you’re overdue for a trim!
For the top section, add a little volume by pushing the iron upwards at the base of the hair. Make sure to not clamp too hard to avoid crease lines!
Finish with a light spritz of a humidity resistant hairspray!