Aug 25, 2011

Setting Your Straightener to the Right Temperature

Just because your straightener can heat up to 450°, does not mean you should set it that high. Each individual has her or his own hair texture and thickness, meaning you need to find the right temperature for YOU. If the temperature is too high for your hair, you run the risk of damaging your hair by scalding it.

Ask your stylist to help you define your hair type!

Due to the importance of finding your individual heat setting, it is important to have a flat iron that gives you heating options other than On and Off. Many straighteners offer Low, Medium, and High settings. However, a straightener that has direct temperature settings will give you the best results. The U-Smooth has a digital read-out of exactly what temperature you want making setting your temperature very easy.

Here is a basic chart of where you want to set your temperature according to your hair type:

 Hair Type    Thick/Coarse/Curly Normal/Medium/Wavy Thin/Fine
 Temperature (in °F) 390-450 360-390 Below 360

Note that it is possible to have 2 or 3 different textures throughout your hair. Different settings may be needed for different parts of your hair.

You may have to test it out to find the right temperature for your hair, but your hair will thank you in the end!

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