Straight Hair is Back! So Fire Up Your Flat Iron

It may be a surprise, but it looks like the time has come to dig the flat iron out from under your bathroom sink and heat things up with straight hair. It comes up every so often as a topic of discussion, but this new version is by far the best. Models are appearing on the runway with a sharp part and locks brushed straight off the shoulders and sleeked down with hairspray. Hollywood is following suit and bringing the look to the red carpet, too. You can achieve the looks at home with a few tips and products.

When preparing to straighten your hair, wash all hair products out of it first. For extra shine, John Frieda’s Colour Refreshing Gloss ($12) should be applied to hair after conditioner, left for three minutes, then rinsed.

Hair has to be completely dry before using a flat iron in order to prevent frizzing and heat damage. Before blow-drying, apply Vidal Sassoon’s Pro Series Mega Firm Hold Gel ($5) to damp hair for a smooth look. An important part of the look is the…well, the part. Getting yours in place before blow drying will help train hair to fall in the right place.

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A quality ceramic flat iron is the best choice for protecting your hair. The far infrared heat produced by this style of iron does not damage hair the way that cheaper versions do. Comb through your hair carefully to get all tangles out and then split into sections no wider than the size of your flat iron’s plate. Clips can help to keep your hair sections apart as you go.

One of the most common flat iron mistakes is to use too much hair at once. This can lead to uneven heating and styling. It can also mean you are heating the sections longer in order to straighten them. This is ineffective and can damage your hair and cause hair loss problem.

For the best effect, take a small section of hair and clamp it between the plates near the roots. Gently pull the iron the length of your hair in a quick and even movement so that the iron does not rest on any part of the hair for long.

Once your hair is smooth and straight, you will want to make sure it stays that way with just a touch of Oribe’s Rough Luxury Molding Wax ($35) on your hairline and crown. This will also boost your hair’s shine.

Alternately, you may choose Shu Uemura’s Nourishing Protective Oil ($69) to add the shine and then L’Oreal’s Elnett Hairspray ($12) for the hold, or an all-in-one shine and hold product like Aussie’s Dual Personality Hi Shine + Hi Hold ($4).

Next, you can follow the stars’ example by pairing your newly sleek look with a bold lipstick to show off your adventurous style. Always prepare lips for lipstick by exfoliating and moisturizing so lips are smooth and color goes on evenly.

This look is great for a night out on the town, but it is also a great daytime look that says you mean business. When you get all those second looks, you’ll be glad that straight hair is back.

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