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17 Useful Tricks For Anyone Who Uses A Hair Straightener

Because your world does not need to be flat.

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1. First, figure out which size straightener is best for your hair type.

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The general rule is the shorter the hair, the thinner the flat iron. For people with longer, thicker hair, a wide flat iron is best.

2. And know the difference between the different types of straighteners.

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Use the chart above to figure out which kind you should be using.

3. Before you do anything, use a heat protectant spray like this one.

Putting 365 degrees of heat directly on your hair can cause dryness, breakage, and overall fried hair. Spritz on a heat protectant spray while your hair is damp to put a barrier between the flat iron and your hair.

Get this spray for $4.29 here. You can also try Living Proof's Instant Protection Spray or Aussie's Heat Protecting Shine Spray.

4. Set the heat no higher than 365 degrees.

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Hair burns at the same temperature as paper: 451°F. The highest temperature that you should use your flat iron on is 365°F. For those with fine hair, the temperature should be between 300 and 325 degrees.

5. Get a little bend in your hair with this brush trick.

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Once you've completely ironed your hair, drape the hot hair over a brush until it cools with a bend. Check out the tutorial here.

10. Get perfectly smooth hair by using a straightening comb and your flat iron at the same time.

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The straightening comb will detangle and help the hair sit flat while the straightener does its job. See the full video here.

Get a straightening comb here for $6.99.

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