Hair straightener (or hair straightener) is an electronic device used to straighten and style hair.
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- 1 Features
- 2 Types of hair straighteners
- 3 Characteristics according to materials
- 4 Powers, Maintenance and heating
- 5 How to use the iron successfully … and safely
- 6 Sources
With the advancement of technology, hair straighteners have improved both visually and in quality, and became one of the most important inventions in the world of stylists, they are nowadays very common among all women who adore their hair. .
They aim to straighten the hair leaving it straight which makes it lose volume at the same time. To this day, hair straighteners seem to be the only solution to obtain that soft and fine hair that we long for; the disadvantage of this technique is that it disappears when wetting the hair, that’s why its effect is not so long-lasting.
Types of hair straighteners
- Iron or aluminum
Characteristics according to materials
Ceramic: Material that distributes heat better than iron plates , which avoids hotter areas on the plates, besides it supports abrupt changes in temperature compared to iron.
Vitroceramic: Material evolved from ceramics, which withstands more sudden changes in temperature than ceramic allows , which means that we have hot plates in just 40-60 seconds and with a higher temperature than ceramic ones (manufacturers say less but you have to be realistic)
Nanoceramic: Technologically superior material to the ceramic with a more slippery surface than the ceramic, which produces less damage to the hair, withstanding more abrupt changes in temperature than the ceramic .
Tourmaline and Nanoturmaline: Tourmaline is a material that naturally emits infrared heat when heated. This applied to an iron, means that apart from heating the hair from the outside, we do it from the inside as well. The nanoturmalina is an evolution that simply slides better hair.
Titanium: Today it is considered one of the most sliding materials that exist, therefore it is the one that mechanically attacks the hair the least. There are also variants of titanium dioxide etc. It accepts strong changes in temperature and leaves hair very shiny. Its ion emission as it is a metallic material is more pronounced.
Ionic or non-ionic: When ions are emitted in a flat iron, what we do is vaporize the moisture around the hair adding the effect that the ions have on the hair cuticles, which make them close more: these flat irons make the hair and the hair more hygienic. result is brighter and more hydrated hair compared to non-ionic
Powers, Maintenance and heating
Keep in mind that the powers that are usually indicated on the plates are usually those of maintenance, these usually range between 50 and 80w. Then examples of heating can be the RANGE that usually heats up to about 220w and others like the MUSTERs usually use 500W. The heating power only indicates the power that it uses to warm up, once it reaches the temperature, it goes to maintenance. A Higher holding power, faster heating and less chance for the iron to cool down It is important to remember that it is highly advisable to use plate protectors on normal hair and especially on damaged and dry hair.
How to use the iron successfully … and safely
- Except for a model specifically designed for it, the plates are always used on dry hair. Never use them on wet hair because it can damage the hair fiber and is dangerous.
- The minimum temperature for good smoothing is 120 ºC. When in doubt, always use the lowest recommended temperature for your hair type.
- If you have fine and tame hair, never go above 160 ºC. If your hair is thicker or has strong curls you can go up to 200 ºC.
- Divide the hair into small strands of thickness not exceeding 3 or 4 centimeters and slide the flat iron from the root to the tip, without stopping it at any point for more than 2 seconds.
- If you are inexperienced in the use of the iron, start with a low temperature and gradually increase it until you become proficient. Even if you spend more time on the first straightening, it is better not to risk it: the plates can exceed 240ºC and become dangerous if they are not used with care.
- Do not use the straightening iron near water (sink, bathtub …) or with bare feet. As with the dryer, there is a risk of electrocution.
- Be careful not to accidentally touch the hot parts of the iron. They can exceed 240 ºC and cause burns. For the same reason, do not rest the hot iron on a surface with little heat resistance.
- Do not leave the iron within the reach of children or use it for purposes other than straightening your hair.
- Do not expect to get very good results with your hair before you have acquired some practice with the iron ..