Straightening Technologies

Ionic

There is certainly no getting around technical stuff here, however I will make it as simple as possible. What exactly ionic technology does is creating negative ions to counter the positive ions that we notice in dry or damaged hair. It works along with materials and coatings for example Tourmaline Ionic or Ceramic Ionic.

Infrared

The wavelength of infrared technology is longer compared to the majority of traditional heat styling methods, enabling the heat to enter directly into the hair shaft. Which means less time for styling your hair, and much less heat exposure.

Nano

I searched and searched for both of the ionic and nano technology to explain the difference between the ionic and nano, but there is a lot of propaganda and all it comes down the same thing. They're just extravagant marketing terms for saying the negative ions protect your hair.

Silver

This is not really much about heat distribution or hair protection, but more about hygiene. Silver is used to remove the bacteria on your straightening iron, making the plates free from germs and microbes.

What Plate Size I Need...

If You Have Thick, Curly Hair

Aside from personal preference and styling desires, these are the general guidelines:
For Short Hair- 1 to 1.5 Inch
For Shoulder Length- 1 to 2 Inch
For Long Hair- 1.5 to 2 Inch

If You Have Normal, Wavy Hair

Aside from personal preference and styling desires, these are the general guidelines:
For Short Hair- 0.5 to 1.5 Inch
For Shoulder Length- 1 to 1.5 Inch
For Long Hair- 1.25 to 2 Inch

If You Have Thin, Fine Hair

You're in fortune, you may go any direction you want. Just keep in mind that small plates give more styling flexibility, and the wider plates means faster straighten, especially for longer hair.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do hair straightening irons damage my hair?

Hair straighteners actually put on heat to your hair, and this weakens the protective hair cuticles. The brutality and rate of the hair damage is very personal though and depends both on your hair and the way you use your flat iron. Do not overdo it, and try to protect your hair from heat as much as you can.

Should you use heat protectants?

Actually we already answered this with the previous question: Yes, it's better to use heat protection products for your hair. Apply your preferred spray or oil, and give your hair a regular consistent deep condition to keep it moisturized.


Is it good to use lower temperatures?

The ideal temperature is around 365oF however it also depends on the structure and thickness of your hair, along with the styling you're after. Reducing it for the sake of damage control can often be counter-effective, as because you'd have to do more passes through your hair.

Should I go for replaceable plates?

Well, in the event you often use a waver or crimping iron then you might as well buy an all-in-one straightening iron. Individually, I believe more in products that are made for a particular task, however you do save yourself space and money.
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