How Often You Can Use Hair Straighteners

Young woman straigtening her long hair with a flat iron
Many of you love your hair straightener (flat iron) because it gives you the ability to get your curly, wavy, or ethnic hair under control so you can produce dynamic, appealing hair styles. But you may be worried about damaging your hair by using this straightening tool too often.
You are right to be concerned, because overuse of any hot tool on our hair, including curling irons and blow dryers, can cause damage. So, how much is too much when it comes to using your hair straightener? This guide will give you the answers, supplying direction for how and how often to use the tool to prevent damage from occurring.
Use a Quality Tool
A beginning point is to buy a good quality hair straightener, preferably one with ceramic or ceramic tourmaline plates. These are gentler on hair and promote better hair health.
Secondly, make sure your hair is healthy to begin with. Healthy hair, well conditioned and full of natural moisturizers, will withstand heat much better. If you have dead or split ends, get a trim to remove them before you start using a hair straightener.
Use the Correct Heat Setting
As a final introductory note, always use the heat level indicated for your type of hair. Fine, soft hair requires less heat to straighten and sculpt than medium to thick hair. This will seem counter to what we just said, but also use the maximum allowable heat for your hair type.
The job will be done more quickly, more effectively, and your hair will be exposed to heat for a shorter period of time, preventing over-drying, which is a leading cause of damage.
In other words, if you have medium hair that is wavy but not kinky, hair experts recommend heat between 390 degree F and 425F. Use your hair straightener set to those levels. Trying to go easy on your hair by setting the tool to 350F will slow down the job and expose your hair to more heat in the long run.
Avoid Daily Use Until You Know How Your Hair Will Respond
When attempting to determine how often you can safely use a hair straightener on your hair, remember the points we’ve discussed. They are at least as important as deciding on frequency. But when it comes to this issue, hair experts suggest that you give your hair a 24-hour break before you use your hair straightener again, at least until you have a clear understanding of how your hair will respond.
If every other day use starts to show signs of drying your hair – if it becomes frizzy or loses its luster – then you may need to back off, allowing for 2 or 3 days between uses. If your hair remains healthy and shiny with alternating days of use, you can try to use your hair straightener every day. Keep a close eye on your tresses for any sign of damage, and go back to every other day if any damage arises.
Many people who are committed to regularly conditioning their hair, and reducing blow dryer or curling iron use, will find that their hair is healthy and sturdy enough for daily use of a gentle hair straightener featuring ceramic or ceramic tourmaline plates.
Final Notes for Healthy Hair Straightening with Flat Irons
Never underestimate the importance of keeping your hair healthy. Consider getting a professional conditioning treatment at the salon every 3-6 months, and keep up your own routine of conditioning your hair each time you wash it. In addition, put serum or hair protecting spray on it prior to using your straightener. This will help to eliminate damage as well.
Finally, keep the plates on your straightener clean. Hair products might otherwise build up on them causing pulling and breakage. With caution and care, your hair straightener will be a very useful tool in helping you achieve all the great looks you want. You’ll learn to craft an all business look for work meetings, a fun, lively look for parties and social events, and gorgeous styles for dates and romance. You’ll develop the skill to craft your hair to its best advantage on every occasion!
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