Bombay Hair – Flat Iron
The following are some of the most commonly asked questions about flat iron products and using them to create unique and inventive hairstyles.
For best results, you're going to want to iron your hair in sections of roughly one to two inches each. Whether you decide to hold each section with your fingers or separate them apart with clips is up to you, everyone has their own routine.
Grab a section and position the flat iron near the roots at about a half inch above the scalp. Next, clamp the plates together and slowly run the flat iron along the hair in a slow and smooth action from the roots to the ends. Be sure not to clamp the hair too hard nor keep the iron in one part of the hair for a very long time, these could both leave a mark on the follicles.
You may need to run the iron over each section more than once to achieve the desired results.
When you've finished one section, repeat along the next section and the next after that until you've straightened all of your hair.
Now that you have the basics down, you can start to use the flat iron for curling hair. The type of curls you're seeking are best achieved through a combination of variables related to heat and the plate of your flat iron. You'll find two options in the latter – ceramic and titanium. Ceramic flat irons can be used on all types of hair and they are cheaper than their titanium counterparts which have superior heating capabilities to get better results. But you can curl your hair with either type.
Adjustable heat settings will be beneficial for achieving the look you want, so will the size and shape of the plates on your flat iron. A thinner plate with curved edges can give you the best results when curling hair versus a ceramic flat iron with wider plates and sharp edges.
As for getting the curls you want, you'll need to experiment with some techniques. Twisting the flat iron away from your face and running the hair through the clamp at a quick motion are two of the best tricks to start making curls with a hair straightener.
Curls and waves can be achieved through similar techniques and tricks. But the thing to remember above all is the use of heat in getting the results you want. For example, the tighter you bring the hair across the plates, the tighter the curls will look in the end.
Waves aren't much different in that regard. Try bending the hair with your flat iron or sliding it along each section, twisting in opposite directions as you run the plates along the hair. Waves don't need to be as tight as curls, try bending the hair as you bring it through the clamped iron.
You can also manipulate the hair in your hands before running the flat iron over it. Clamping the plates in place for a few seconds can also have a dramatic waving effect when you shape the hair into the style you want before applying heat.
Flat irons that see a lot of use need to be cleaned often. But we don't always remember to do it and all kinds of gunk can build up. This will eventually begin to affect the condition and performance of the flat iron. So cleaning it is important. Here are some tips to help you maintain your hair tool to get the most out of it.
Always turn off your flat iron after use but if you're about to clean it you should also unplug the unit. Place it down on a surface that won't get damaged from the heat of the plates. Wait until the flat iron has cooled down enough that it remains warm to the touch. You won't get as good a result from a completely cold flat iron.
Take a damp washcloth or towel, something with a textured surface but not too rough or coarse, and run it along the plates lightly. You don't need any elbow grease to get the gunk, no need to scour or apply pressure to the flat iron plates. Go over them a few times to be sure you eliminate all the gunk.
Next, check the rest of the flat iron wand to see if that needs to be wiped clean. You should probably do it once or twice a month anyway, but you don't need to be as delicate with the plastic housing of the wand as you do the plates. Check any small corners and edges for any build-up. A damp Q-Tip will clear out those hard to reach areas in no time.
When you're finished, let the flat iron dry completely before plugging it in and heating it up.