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A Discussion About Different Types of Flat Irons and Effects of Heat Styling
Types of Flat Irons
1. The Ceramic flat iron
when it comes to cost or price is known as the most economical type of flat iron. This flat iron adopts the ionic technology wherein when plugged in, the electric ions produce negative ions that work to neutralize the positive ions in the hair and seal the cuticles producing shiny frizz-free hair.
It is available in two types and when making a purchase it is important to check out these types before buying.
• First is the ceramic-coated flat iron which has a coating underneath but does not live up to the functionality of a true ceramic flat iron. The coated iron has a smooth and shiny look, but with a different heat distribution setting. The coating gets heated very fast but then, loses the heat faster compared to a true ceramic plate.
• The ceramic flat iron, on the other hand, takes a bit longer to heat up, but can definitely retain its heat longer. It also has temperature control settings that you can monitor and preset to your own preference.
NOTE: A very important feature of this type of flat iron is having its smooth plates, which acts as a detangler when used to iron your healthy fresh hairs
and which aids in preventing hair damage.
It is also very durable and effective, which is recommended for people with fine hair and those with straight to curly/wavy hair.
2. Tourmaline flat irons
are quite expensive because of the tourmaline coating in them. Tourmaline is a gemstone made up of boron-silicate prismatic crystals crushed into fine powder and added to the flat iron.
These crystals help in making the hair cuticle smoother by means of emitting negative ions to counteract the positive ions that occur when the hair is dull and damaged, thus, preventing further damage to the hair.
With this technology, the tourmaline flat iron provides the advantage of achieving your desired look with just one stroke.
It is a real deal to have this tool because it can reduce your chance of exposing your hair to extreme heat which is the real culprit of damaged or dry hair.
Also, the tourmaline flat iron is composed of two smooth shiny plates that are less damaging and can work best on fine to naturally curly hair.
3. Titanium flat irons
are credited for having the best level of flatness which is best used for curly hair. Titanium, are lightweight with a wide variety of settings and heating options.
Titanium flat irons can heat up immediately and can retain or maintain the heat for a long time. The special feature of Titanium is it can withstand very high heat temperatures without causing corrosion. This is best used for people who have thick, straight relaxed hair or very coarse hair that use flat irons daily to straighten their hair.
If you have problems with split ends, this is the best option to choose because of its ability to transfer heat in a very controlled manner. This would work in favor of those who don’t visit hairdressers regularly to have their hair ends trimmed.
4. Teflon coated flat irons
also exist in the market. They, however, are not popular because just as in pots and pans, Teflon can flake off on your hair. Teflon is however appreciated for the fact that they produce steam that minimizes heat damage to hair.
5. Metal and glass irons
also remain unpopular due to their low quality mainly because of uncontrolled heat spikes and fragile nature. They are more likely to burn the hair due to its poor heating options.
So with this thorough knowledge about the types of flat irons, still the question remains… what effects do flat irons have on your hair?
Negative Effects of Flat Irons on Your Hair
According to research, heat straightening can damage the hair when used excessively and incorrectly.
The heat from the flat iron can burn the hair literally.
Excessive heat would damage both layers of the hair by depleting them of their natural moisture resulting in dull, dry, brittle hair that would eventually lead to breakage.
NOTE: Hair should be dried completely before using a heat styling tool. When wet hair is styled and heated, it is more likely to break since it is more brittle and inelastic. It is advisable to prepare your hair before styling using a heat protectant or a thermal protection to minimize hair damage. Usage of heat styling tools should also be minimized to at least once or twice a week.
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