4 Things You Didn’t Know Your Hair Straightener Could Do

4 Things You Didn’t Know Your Hair Straightener Could Do
Written by Mike Barber

Without a shadow of doubt, a flat iron is one of the most versatile tools any girl can have in their beauty kit. From straightening to curling to styling hair, this impressive heating tool has proven its worth as a handy and useful hair maintenance aid. 

But the million-dollar question is – Do you make the most of your flat iron? 

4 Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know Your Flat Iron Could Do

Because, yeah; the uses of this tool extend beyond the aforementioned three. And while it may be easy to find a quality straightener, as documented in this BaByliss Flat Irons Review, you still need to know how to fully utilize it.  

So, if you’ve been wondering; “what else can my flat iron do?” this post is for you. Here are four other things you can do with this styling tool:

1. Curl Your Hair

Are you travelling and can’t pack both your curling and flat iron? If so, opt for the latter.  That’s because flat irons can also be used to create amazing curls

To do this, sandwich a tuft of hair strands between the iron plates then flip your wrist to wrap the hair around the straightener. Next, smoothly run your iron outward; not too fast or slow

Why? Well, moving fast won’t give you nice curls and you may have to redo the process. On the other hand, moving slowly exposes your hair to a lot of heat and causes hair damage. Also, ensure you’re starting the hair straightener at the roots to get foolproof results. 

Pro tip:

If you prefer tighter curls, clamp smaller bunches of hair at a time.

2. Add Color to Your Hair Using Chalk and a Flat Iron

Your good old hair straightener’s got your back again if you wish to experiment a new hue on your hair just for a day. Here, you’ll need hair chalk or soft chalk pastels; which are readily available in art supply stores. And, of course, choose your preferred color. 

How does this work? Well, start by rubbing the chalk over your hair in thin tufts until you attain your desired color density and pattern. When that’s done, glide your flat iron through the strands of hair to seal in your new tones.   

And just like that - you’ll be all set! Your hair will have an all-colorful, top-tier look up until your next shampoo wash. However, don’t try this on a rainy day lest you want your clothes dyed too. 

3. Dry Damp Hair Quickly

Although not ideal, you can always use a flat iron to dry hair quickly. Whether you are coming from a shower, swimming pool, or from a jog with sweaty hair, straighteners offer an easy fix; especially, if you are in a hurry to go out. 

However, you have to be tactful with this. Why? Because using a flat iron on dripping wet hair will require you to make multiple passes to dry completely. And this can cause serious damage, thus, keeping you from maintaining your perfect hair

To be on the safe side, start by towel-drying your hair to remove the excess water and make it slightly damp. That way, you’ll be able to achieve complete dryness in a pass or two

4. Iron Your Collar in a Flash

What sucks more than dressing up and getting ready to step out only to discover creases on your collar? What do you do? Take off your blouse to iron it? Well, that can be quite an inconvenience. 

However, if you have a flat iron, that’s an easy fix. All you need to do is clamp the collar between the iron plates and smoothen out the creases real quick.

In Conclusion…

There you have it – 4 charming things you didn’t know your hair straightener could do. Do you plead guilty of 'under-using' your flat iron? 

Well, now you know that there is a lot more to this gadget than just straightening hair. You can use it for styling, dyeing, grooming, crease-removal, and a lot more. So, start making the most of your hair straightener today. 

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