Never Straighten Wet Hair
Possibly the most important thing not to do. Before using a flat iron, always make sure the hair is completely dry whether by a blow dryer or a simple air dry. Putting an iron to wet hair could be extremely dangerous—no-one wants sizzling, burnt strands.
Always Prep the Hair with a Heat Protection Formula
To avoid damaging the hair, always apply a heat protecting formula (anything from a spray, serum or cream) prior to styling. We love Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray ($11.49; at priceline.com.au) which is a lightweight mist that protects and styles all at the same time. To ensure straight strands, try applying Bumble and Bumble Grooming Creme ($43; at mecca.com.au) before you begin styling.
Section the Hair Before Beginning
Sectioning the hair with clips like Lady Jayne Ibis Clips ($8.49 for a pack of 2; at priceline.com.au) can allow for a way easier and efficient styling process. To guarantee you don't miss a spot while straightening, begin by separating the top and bottom of the hair, and then divide those sections into smaller ones to ensure every strand is accounted for.
Mind the Temperature of the Iron
Before you begin using your iron, make sure it’s heated up and ready-to-go. For the best results, the ideal temperature is always 365 degrees. That said, try the ghd Platinum Hair Styler ($315; ghdhair.com/au), a new innovative tool that is set at 365 degrees and grants long-lasting shine.
Start Straightening the Hair at the Roots
When you have your sections divided, it’s time to use the iron. To create a flawless look, start by straightening the hair at the roots and slowly work your way down to the ends. To avoid breakage, avoid going over the same sections more than once or twice—over-clamping is a big no-no.
Try a Different Style with your Flat Iron
Believe it or not, a straightening iron can go far beyond your basic hair-straightening needs. Try recreating effortless beach waves or bouncy curls, or even style a troublesome fringe with this multi-tasking hot tool.
Always Finish Off the Look with an Anti-Frizz Formula
Complete the style with an anti-frizz cream to bypass any annoying fly-aways and create a long-lasting look. We love John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Crème ($17; at priceline.com.au), which leaves behind a shiny ’do while also keeping all the strands in place.