Controlling Various Hair Types with Hair Straighteners

30 March; Author: Hair Extensions Australia

Controlling Various Hair Types with Hair Straighteners

Article by Grace Enderlein

There are methods, products, and styling tools for hair straighteners, but there are so many different types of hair that treatments may vary. Simple observation shows the dramatic difference in hair textures and thickness. Hair textures range from baby fine to very coarse; stick straight to corkscrew curly. In order to straighten or relax hair, there are lasting methods which permanently change the texture and shape of the hair until re-growth occurs. There are also hair products used to aid in styling, applied during the styling process which wash out with the next shampoo. Another effective method to control hair is a ceramic tourmaline flat iron, which leaves hair flat and smooth and eliminates frizz. When using any of these methods, use them accordingly to match the hair type and texture.

Permanent relaxing methods are available for straightening hair. There are chemical relaxers and hair straighteners, but these are known to damage hair and even cause burns to the skin. Natural hair straighteners should always be used instead, because they are effective and safe. If hair is coarse and curly, the strongest solution may be needed to straighten hair, and it may need to be left on the hair for the maximum recommended time period. Fine hair may need much less time, or a weaker solution of a permanent straightening product to achieve the desired results. A small section of hair should always be tested in advance to observe results before product use on a whole head of hair.

When it comes to hair products, there are so many from which to choose, and there are many options for particular hair types. For example, a light product which does not weigh the hair down can be used for fine hair; using a heavy product will make fine, thin hair flat and make it look dirty. Coarse, unruly hair can handle a heavier hair styling product. It will control and tone down the bulk of overly thick and curly hair. Hair products are widely available, and their packaging clearly states the type of hair for which they can be used, as well as the results to be achieved.

The use of a flat iron hair straightener is a very effective way to flatten hair, but they need to be used with caution. Ceramic flat irons can straighten hair without scorching or burning when used properly. They work by sealing moisture into the hair cuticle and literally ironing the hair with the flat ceramic plates. They operate at very high temperatures, and a gradual progression of temperatures should be used to see which works best for different hair types without damage. If the temperature is too hot, or the flat iron stays on the hair for too long, it can cause major damage. Coarse hair typically can handle the high temperatures, and in fact may need the hottest setting to be effective; however, starting at a cooler temperature is best for any texture of hair.

Choosing from the many methods, products, and tools available for hair straightening is based on the differences in hair type. Select high quality, safe, and natural products for effective softening and control.

About the Author

Grace Enderlein is a freelance writer and editor. “Controlling Various Hair Types with Hair Straightener” outlines the methods used to straighten hair, and how products need to be used accordingly depending on hair type and texture.

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