Keeping hair healthy is so important. In conjunction with a great cut, healthy hair will lie nicely, move naturally and of course, shine. I chemically treat my hair three or four times a year, so I take extra steps to ensure my hair’s overall health. These steps include deep conditioning on a weekly basis and protecting my hair from the elements, including heat styling.
For a long time I stayed far, far away from the straightening iron. Overdoing it with heat styling and not protecting hair prior to can cause breakage and damage the hair, making it brittle and lackluster. But over time I’ve learned that with a few simple steps, I could straighten my hair without harming its integrity – maintaining strength while getting a glossy, impeccably straight style. Great timing too, because I recently received the ghd 1″ Professional Styler and couldn’t wait to try it out.
Below is a quick tutorial for straightening hair with minimal damage using the ghd 1″ Professional Styler.
1. Shampoo and condition as usual.
This is pretty self-explanatory, but I should mention that if you do not normally condition your hair, this would be the time to do so, just to add some extra protection from the flat iron.
2. Apply a styling product with heat protection.
This is the most important rule to follow when heat-styling hair. A heat protectant will coat the hair and absorb the heat from your straightening iron (or any other heat styling tool), thus preventing breakage and allowing your strands to shine. But don’t overdo it on the styling products. Too much buildup can actually cause the hair to stick to the flat iron, causing breakage and basically frying it. It’s not a good look.
Heat protectants come in a variety of formulas from balms to creams to sprays, so it’s easy to find a product that works for your hair type. When I’m going to straighten my hair, I pare it down to just one or two good heat protecting styling products (a straightening balm for use prior to blowdrying, and a spray for use prior to flat ironing).
A few of my favorite heat-protecting styling products include Phyto Phytodefrisant Botanical Straightening Balm, It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin (used in this tutorial) and Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray.
3. Dry hair thoroughly.
This is also of the utmost importance! If the hair is even a bit damp when you begin to flat iron, you take the chance of frying it completely.
To further save hair from damage, I will usually air dry my hair until it’s just a bit damp then blowdry until it’s completely dry.
4. Section off the hair.
By sectioning off the hair and concentrating on smaller sections, you avoid going over the same section of hair multiple times with the flat iron (which can cause damage).
Sectioning doesn’t have to be difficult. I start with the very bottom layer of my hair, putting the rest up in one claw clip, and work my way upwards once each section has been straightened. Others section off four sections, two bottom sections and two top sections on each side, to make the hair easier to work with. Do what works best for you.
5. Straighten hair in small sections, combing through first then following with the flat iron.
You want to be sure that hair is tangle free prior to running the straightening iron through your strands. Otherwise, you’ll end up just flattening the tangles and making your hair a matted mess.
Take a small section of hair (1 or 2 inches is a workable amount), and comb or brush through. Follow promptly with the flat iron, running the iron from roots to tip. Move the flat iron continually down the hair shaft at a moderate speed. Stopping mid-way can cause damage and create crimps, as can working too slowly.
I like to brush through the hair one final time once it’s all straightened. Your hair should be pretty glossy at this point, but if you want to amp up the shine factor, you can spray in a lightweight shine spray.
Additional Note: Tools
The right tools can really make a difference in the look, feel and overall health of your hair. In my opinion, it’s especially important to invest in a good quality flat iron, as this is a heat-styling tool that is coming into direct contact with the hair shaft. A flat iron of great quality will be easy to work with and will evenly distribute heat through the plates, which will avoid overheating and damaging the hair. And the ghd 1″ Sapphire Professional Styler is a great example of a fantastic styling iron.
The ghd 1″ Sapphire Professional Styler, part of the Limited Edition Jewel Collection, is outfitted with a metallic sapphire finish and comes enclosed with a metallic sapphire paddle brush in a keepsake box. It is plated with shimmering black ceramic plates which help disperse heat evenly throughout the hair, and it not only straightens hair, but it is designed with contoured panels that can also create waves and even curls. The fact that it’s a mult-use product makes it even better!
I found that the styler heated up quickly and moved effortlessly through my hair without any snagging or pulling. The amount of heat was perfect for my hair; however it may not be enough for those with extra-coarse hair and there is no way to adjust the heat setting. That said, it was perfectly gentle on my color-treated and somewhat damaged hair, yet still did the job quite well. After use, my hair was left shiny and super, super soft.
I also found the brush to be of great quality. The plastic bristles do a great job of grabbing the hair without pulling or breaking. I was pretty impressed.
The fact that ghd stands for good hair day definitely says something about the product! And in my opinion, the name doesn’t lie!
So there you go! I hope you enjoyed the tutorial, and if you have any questions about straightening your hair, or about the ghd styler, do not hesitate to ask in the comments section below!
I was sent this product free of charge for review; however all opinions are always 100% honest and my own.