what defines a good straightener?
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Posted 1/23/09
I know use straighteners and blowdrying all hurts your hair.
but i heard there are certain types of blowdryers/straighteners that reduce these problems
i have a hint that ceramic straighteners are beter than normal ones?
i use a normal straightenenr and supposingly i could buy a really expensive one
but i'd like to know what makes it gooood
any advice?

btw; how does ur hair feel when its dead?
i felt my friends hair and it was like yarn but i feel my hair and i tink it should feeel dead but its soft.. and perhaps frizzy
are there any major obvious charactersitics that help one figure out if ya hair is dead??

getting haircuts fixes the dead hair problem right?
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Posted 1/24/09
Flat irons with ceramic plates are better for the hair
compared to those with metal plates. Ceramic plates
are very smooth microscopically, so it won't tear off your
hair cuticles as it glides over the hair. Metal plates
are microscopically very rough, so when you glide
it over your hair, it will scrape at the surface of your hair,
eventually causing it to lose shine and break more (if used
constantly).

There are also tourmaline flat irons. They are supposed
to be better than ceramic irons because they release
negative ions into the hair which helps to prevent heat
styling damage (this is, however, very arguable).

This video here talks about what qualities make a good flat iron:
http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=CE_fvTh3ub4

(I don't remember if the video talks about this)
A good flat iron should have well aligned plates.
This means that when the plates close down on
each other, they are pressing completely against
each other like || and not only at a certain point
like this /\. This prevents tearing of the hair, and
also heats up the hair more evenly.

For some people, a good flat iron may only be a very cheap
and but badly functioning iron (eg. a $15 metal plated iron). So if you
ever decide to purchase a new flat iron, you should do some
research on the iron you're interested in beforehand.

As for your other question...
Very damaged hair usually feels and looks dry, or even fried.
It may be really frizzy compared to your natural hair texture.
Depending on your hair texture, damaged
hair may also feel rough, course, stiff, or hard. It doesn't
have much shine to it either.
In extreme cases, this is what it can look like:http://www.myhairstylingtools.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/rebeccabefore.jpg

This may not always be the case though. My hair
feels really soft, smooth, and looks fairly shiny even
though it has been bleached twice, and I blowdry and flat iron
it almost every day. So, in the end, it just depends on the
hair of the individual.

An extra note:
Hair is already dead because it is made of dead skin cells.
It is only alive until it grows out of your scalp.

I hope this has helped answer your questions
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Posted 1/24/09
Thank youu.
comprehensive and covers everything i was curious about
noted and appreciated x)
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Posted 1/26/09
ceramic SO CALLS doesn't damage your hair. < fken bs. that grl did some kinda research lmao. that should answer your question.
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Posted 1/27/09
I'll have you know I never stated in my previous post
that ceramic plates do not damage your hair.
Next time, brush up on your reading comprehension
skills before you decide to criticize someone.
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Posted 1/28/09

infamousG wrote:

ceramic SO CALLS doesn't damage your hair. < fken bs. that grl did some kinda research lmao. that should answer your question.


Gtfo
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Posted 2/1/09
So how about that InStyle straightener thingy?
I saw a commercial on TV for that and it looked like it worked well.
But I'm sure its not worth $200. /:
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