How to Go From Kinky to Straight (Hair!)
Whether you are blessed with straight or curly hair, it is likely you desire the opposite. Luckily we have the tools and technology to easily curl our straight hair, and straighten our curly hair, giving us the best of both worlds. But if you intend using a hair straightener to iron out the kinks it’s good to get the lowdown first to avoid damaging your lustrous locks.
What is hair straightening?
While there are different methods and techniques used to straighten hair both permanently and temporarily, it is generally undertaken with the intention of transforming curly, wavy, wiry, coarse or kinky hair into sleek, straight, smooth locks.
Hair can be straightened permanently using chemically applied solutions or products such as keratin, or it can be straightened temporarily with styling tools such as hairdryers or hair straighteners. The use of the term ‘permanent’ hair straightening is a little generous as chemical straightening is generally only effective until the hair grows out.
What is the best professional hair straightener?
The trick to finding the hair straightener that has you telling all your friends it is the BEST hair straightener EVER, is finding the one that is easy to use, prevents heat damage to your hair and is ideal for your particular hair type, thickness and length.
The Hairhouse Warehouse has a great selection of hair straighteners from all the famous brands such as GHD, Babyliss and Muk amongst others. Check out the different sized plates to find the best size for you, with smaller being ideal for short styles and wider being good for taming long, thick, coarse and curly hair.
Some would argue the GHD Gold Styler is the best hair straightener because of its ability to deliver sleek, smooth, healthy hair. The plates are gold-coated ceramic. They heat up quickly and maintain an even 365 degrees Farenheit, preventing potential heat damage to your hair.
If you have long, coarse, curly hair the best hair straightener for you might be a titanium straightener with wide plates. Titanium can hold high heats at a consistent temperature which is ideal for strong, thick, curly hair. The Silver Bullet 230 Silver Titanium Wide Straightener could be the best hair straightener for you.
How to use a hair straightener?
Always apply a thermal heat protectant to your hair before using a straightener. Completely dry your hair either naturally or with a blow dryer. When your hair is dry ensure that your hair straightener is no hotter than 365 degrees Fahrenheit before carefully sectioning the hair and running the straightening iron through each section from root to tip. When your hair has cooled, finish with a light hold hairspray to prevent frizz.
How to straighten hair permanently?
Permanent hair straightening is best done by professionals. It involves chemical treatments to relax your natural curl, straightening and smoothing the hair shaft. While described as permanent, these processes require upkeep and will grow out unless you maintain them.
With so many frizz-reducing shampoos and conditioners along with styling products that protect from heat and humidity, tame fly away hair and condition dry, coarse hair available from the Hairhouse Warehouse, you may want to consider controlling your unruly mane with products and styling tools such as hair straighteners.
Is hair straightening safe?
If done correctly, hair straightening is safe. The correct use of your heated styling tools is essential, so follow the recommendations that come with your hair straightener. Regular conditioning of your hair is important if it is to be heat styled frequently and using thermal protectants is essential to avoid damage.
With so many well-loved brands, products and styling tools available from the Hairhouse Warehouse it is easy to take control of your crazy kinks and curls and create a silky smooth, sheet of hair that looks and feels fabulous.