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How to Use a Flat Hair Iron

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With an increasing trend of sleek, straight hairstyles, many people are turning to flat irons to achieve that coveted look. Whether you’re out to tame a few wayward locks or give your 'hair do' all-over smoothness, these steps will help get you started.
What you'll need: 
A flat iron
Heat protection spray or serum
Hair clips or pins
1: 
Turn on your flat iron to the desired setting and allow it to heat up.
2: 
Meanwhile, apply a heat protection spray or serum to your dry hair.
3: 
Gather the top layers of your hair into sections on the crown of your head and clip in place, exposing the layers beneath.
4: 
Beginning with the under layers and working toward the top, straighten your hair in small, thin sections with the flat iron, drawing it slowly downward from root to tip.
5: 
End with a finishing spray or hairspray, if desired, and style or leave as-is.
Tips: 
If your flat iron has multiple heat settings, start by choosing the lowest setting and work your way up until you find the temperature that best suits your hair. The cooler the setting, the less damage to your hair.
Applying heat protection when your hair is wet (e.g. before blow drying) will help prevent residue from building up on your flat iron.
Use a comb to detangle each section of hair before flat ironing if needed.
Warnings: 
Always apply some sort of heat protection before flat ironing. Without it, your hair can become dry and frizzy.
Avoid flat ironing the same section of hair more than once. If it is necessary to do so, wait until that segment has cooled before straightening a second time.
Flat irons that claim to “straighten from wet” are very damaging to hair and should be avoided. Always use a flat iron on dry hair only.
Never leave a hot flat iron unattended or within reach of children (and unsuspecting adults!). Ensure it is turned off and unplugged when not in use.

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