There is using a flat iron on your hair, and then there is the proper way to use a flat iron on your hair. Use a flat iron properly on your hair with help from a dedicated hair stylist in this free video clip.
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Hi, I'm Jeremy Clark, professional hairstylist and salon owner. And today, I'm going to show you how to use a flat iron properly on your hair. To straighten your hair properly, you always need to keep in mind your products, your tools and your technique. At home, you're just going to need a rat tail comb, a vented brush, a ceramic iron with a temperature gauge and a thermal protectant. Today, I'm going to use the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Flat Iron Perfector Straightening Mist. So, the first thing you want to do is analyze the texture of your hair. And you can see our model Jamie has slightly wavy, slightly coarse hair. So, because her hair is slightly wavy and slightly coarse, that means I'm going to use a medium temperature on her. I don't want to go all the way up because I don't want to scorch the hair, but I don't want to go too low on the temperature because then you end up having to overdo it. So, once you've analyzed your texture and set the correct temperature on your flat iron, go ahead and use a little bit of product. I'm just going to spray a bit on my hands here and once you feel that wetness start to evaporate, you can go ahead and start bringing it through the hair. You don't want to go too close, too close to the roots because that can make it greasy. You just want to start about an inch and a half out and go ahead and just distribute it through the rest of the ends. I'm going to work my way through the whole head of hair doing that. So, once the product's in the hair, I'm going to go ahead and take my rat tail comb, section out the front side and I'm going to take about a three quarter inch section on the bottom; section that out and this is where you go in with your flat iron. Be sure to brush the hair up, make sure there's no tangles. And then, just lightly, lightly without too much pressure, you don't want to press the hair, you just want to glide over it. And it's okay if you have to make a few passes. It's better to make a few passes than to really try to pull the hair straight. And you can see that just smooths right out for you. Moving on next section, about three quarter inch section, pin the hair back and same thing, get the tangles out, go back in with your iron and just lightly glide over the top. It's also important to know I'm using a ceramic iron. Ceramic heats the hair from the inside out, so it does actually have the potential to damage the hair if you were to clamp down. So, you just need to be really kind of quick and easy and smooth. So, you can see on Jamie's hair, I'm just using about half an inch to three quarters of an inch, you don't want to go with full inch, but about half an inch is good. There's lots of the straightening mist in there and you can see that's what's kind of steaming off and that's okay. That means the product's in there and it's doing its job. And again, you can see I'm just kind of quickly gliding through the hair. You never want to sit in one spot, you never want to use your strength to clamp down; it's just as lightly as you can gliding through. You always want to remember to straighten your hair when it's dry. Wet hair is actually more elastic, it can stretch further, but that also means it can stretch to the point of breaking. So, dry hair is going to be in a state that's ready to be straighten by the heat without damaging. If you have really coarse curly hair, it's not a bad idea to go in and blow dry it first and just the hair out as much as you can. It doesn't have to be bone straight and then, go back and flat iron after you blow dried. What I'm actually doing is starting at the roots and rolling just with a slight curvature down through to the ends and when I get to the ends, I'm definitely bending the iron a little bit, almost as if I'm using a curling iron, so that you get a little bit of a bevel to it. And what that does is it makes it much more natural looking when it falls. Okay, you can really see how much shine and luster we got out of Jamie's hair just using the proper technique for the iron. You don't get any crimps, you don't get any bends. It's just a really nice smooth contour all the way through to the end. There you go, that's how to use a flat iron properly on your hair, I'm Jeremy Clark, thanks for watching.