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How to Use a Flat Iron to Straighten Your Hair

Hair Straightener flat on a background of brown hair.

Professionals always seem to know how to do it best. After leaving the hair salon it’s as if they have a magic touch to style my hair to absolute perfection. There are some tricks that can be learned to allow you to straighten your hair just as well at home!

How to Use a Flat Iron to Straighten Your Hair: The Three T’s

There are three main things to keep in mind in order to straighten your hair perfectly. They are temperature, texture, and technique.


If your flat iron is too hot then you could possibly scorch your hair. We always want to make sure to keep our healthy as healthy as possible. Not only that, but scorched hair will look visibly unhealthy and damaged.


The texture of your hair helps to determine how the flat iron should be. If you are someone with fine hair then you need much less temperature. However if your hair is coarse or thicker then you’ll need to turn up the heat a little bit in order to get your hair straight.


In order to implement a great technique you’ll need just a few tools. Make sure you have a comb, brush, flat iron and most importantly a thermal protectant for your hair.

First make sure to determine what kind of hair you have that way you can set your flat iron to an appropriate temperature. Once you’ve done this you can run your thermal protectant product in your hair. When doing this, it’s important not to go too close to the roots otherwise your hair will look greasy. You also want to make sure to take your time distributing the product thoroughly and evenly throughout your hair for ultimate protection.

Next use the comb to create sections in your hair. You’ll want to divide it into front and back sections and then make smaller sections within those that are a three quarters of an inch large.

When doing this you want to be very gentle and quick. It’s much better to have to go over the hair several times rather than one long pulling motion which will damage your hair. Staying in one spot for too long can also create damage.

Another important tip is to only straighten your hair when it’s dry. Wet hair is more elastic which may seem like a positive thing. However this actually just means that there’s more possibility of it stretching too much and then breaking.

By following the three t’s you’ll be sure to have your hair turn out looking great while also giving it ultimate protection from damage. If you’d like to see a demonstration on how to do this then you can watch the short clip below!

About the Author Miss Flat Iron

Michelle aka Miss Flat Iron is a hair care enthusiasts who loves sharing her tips & tricks on how to get sleek, sexy hair. She is a flat iron fanatic who knows what to look for in a hair straightener based on her extensive experience as a hair care professional for over a decade.

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