Flat Ironing Help
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Posted 8/20/08
Okay, I can definitely use some help.

I straighten my hair about everyday and add hairspray every once in a while. I'm also thinking of adding wax to add some style. Personally I think flat ironing makes my curly, thick, layered hair look a lot better but my friends tell me often that straightening kills your hair. Its not like I want to get rid of my flat iron, its like my drug O.O So how can I prevent killing my hair and making it frizzy? Do you guys have any good recommendations for shampoos, conditioners, and treatments to keep my hair healthy?
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Posted 8/21/08
I would use a protection serum before straightening this can also come in a spray form if easier. Use a good quality shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. If you make a point of leaving your hair to dry naturally once a week with a leave in conditioner your hair will be fine with all the styling. One final tip have your hair trimmed once every six weeks to keep the ends in tact and prevent splitting which can happen when straighteners are used on a regular basis.
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There's also a good straightner that isn't made out of metal that I use, it's called the 'cortex'... the part where you straight you hair is made out of seramic instead of metal (the chi has metal)

The straightner I use is actually really good becuase it makes my hair softer due to the seramic and lessens the chance of getting a lot of split ends. I'm not saying that you won't get split ends, but there will be less. :S

I hope this helped !
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Posted 8/24/08
there's a product to keep your hair NOT DRIED, or KILLED by the straightener, check at your local store.








netteebee wrote:

There's also a good straightner that isn't made out of metal that I use, it's called the 'cortex'... the part where you straight you hair is made out of seramic instead of metal (the chi has metal)

The straightner I use is actually really good becuase it makes my hair softer due to the seramic and lessens the chance of getting a lot of split ends. I'm not saying that you won't get split ends, but there will be less. :S

I hope this helped !


it's called, ceramic .. believe it or not .. MOST or partically ALL straightener indicated, CERAMIC in front or at the back of the box . >_____< and I BELIEVE it's pure bullshit.
Posted 8/24/08
I straight my hair with metal I dont use ceramic or the plastic one it dont work that much..evry morning I straight my hair with the metal one its makes ur hair straight faster but if u use the plastic it'll take u forever straightining it how u want it..I've been using straightener for 1 year and it only takes me probobly 10-30 minuets but if u use ceramic ill be finish by 1 hour...hehe

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I highly agree with what nancylou said. Serum and a good shampoo & conditioner can do wonders for your hair.

May I also recommend a thermal-protection product to protect your hair from heat damage of straightening irons and hair dryer. Not only does such a product protect but it will also give your hair a healthy shine too. ^^
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khristin wrote:

I straight my hair with metal I dont use ceramic or the plastic one it dont work that much..evry morning I straight my hair with the metal one its makes ur hair straight faster but if u use the plastic it'll take u forever straightining it how u want it..I've been using straightener for 1 year and it only takes me probobly 10-30 minuets but if u use ceramic ill be finish by 1 hour...hehe



i am using ceramic hair straightener and it takes only 15mins coz its really heat fast and ready to use in a second. while im using the metal one before and it dont work that much for me.

maybe its depend on hair type???
Posted 8/26/08
well yah......maybe ur right..hehehehe.............
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I think you should really try the Tresemme Heat line, shampoo/conditioner is really good. Also, before straightening your hair you should try some heat protective spray/cream. You can also try blow-drying (but use a diffuser! It won't try out your hair) your hair straight with a round brush first so it'll reduce the frizz and straighten your hair a bit. That way you can use your straightener less! And every once in a while you should deep condition. && I think that it also depends what straightener you use :). Try not to use Conair though, it dries out your hair (just in my opinion :P) & cermaic straightener are the best I'm not sure if I made any sense in what I wrote. LOL Sorry if I don't .. But I hope this really helps!
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