Properly using a flat iron

Posted in Celebrities on September 17th, 2010 by Reagan

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I wanted to quickly write about flat irons again. A lot of people are wondering about how to prevent damage from flat ironing. Many of my clients are surprised to find out that you aren’t really supposed to use a flat iron to straighten the hair. Flat irons are a finishing tool. Your hair is supposed to have already been blow dried straight, and just smoothed over with a flat iron. Going over and over the same section with an iron is going to torch anybody’s hair, it’s just not what they are made for!

Here is my best advise for someone who wants the straight look:

After showering, towel dry your hair. Put a protective product in it like a leave in conditioner, a protein spray, or a straightening syrem. If you’re not in a rush, let your hair air dry until it’s about 80% dry, or as close to that as possible.  Then blow dry sections of your hair using a flat brush to get it straight. Using a blow dryer with a nozzle will help it get more smooth and straight. Please try your hardest not to touch your hair with the point of the blow dryer. It is so bad for your hair, and it will burn your brush I admit, sometimes I do it on accident myself when the hair isn’t staying on the brush, as a reaction, but try to avoid this. We are trying to prevent damage, k?

After my hair is blow dried, I assess whether it needs flat ironing or not. Which is usually not. My hair is naturally wavy/curly so of course it doesn’t take the amount of work to straighten that some people’s hair needs. Also, I have loads of experience with blow drying every hair type, and if you’re not able to get it at first, you shouldn’t feel bad. It’s a skill that you have to work hard for!

I use my flait iron for making curls more than anything else. It might also be because I like big-full hair! Big like Dolly.

Ok, did we learn something today? What tips have you learned for blow drying your own hair? Would you guys like a blow drying tutorial?

24 Responses to “Properly using a flat iron”

  1. Kat Says:

    I would love a tutorial about how to blowout my own hair! It always looks so easy when my hair stylist does it, but when I try to do it myself it takes forever and it never looks as good. What’s the secret?

  2. LT Says:

    Can I say that I love your blog? love. After reading your blog post about how to deal with naturally wavy/curly hair from earlier in the summer, I embraced my curls this summer and it has been great. I’ll probably go back to blow drying it straight sometimes though, so I would love a blow drying tutorial. Really, a straightening tutorial would be great, showing the best way to use the flat iron after drying too.

    Question – I use one of those plastic nozzles on the tip of my blow dryer that is pointed, is it bad to touch your hair with that too? BTW – I have one of those Chi Rocket blow dryers that has totally been worth the extra $$.


  3. Megan Says:

    Yes to the blow drying tutorial, please!!!

  4. amy a. Says:


  5. Rae Says:

    I would kill to be able to blow dry my hair straight. Kill. Honestly. Especially because since I went straight my hair doesn’t have nearly the body it did when it was long (a problem I NEVER thought I’d have.) My hair used to be able to get huge and now….not so much. Tear.
    Can we work on this next cut? (PS I know I’m overdue. Don’t think I’m hair stylist cheating, I’m just trying to grow it a bit. And I KNOW that means I need to cut it. I’ll make an appointment um……maybe in a month?)

  6. Kari Says:

    I was just thinking today “I should look up a blow drying tutorial.” So my answer is yes.

  7. Mia Says:

    ooh, i would love a tutorial as well!! i would very much like to master straightening my hair with a blow dryer instead of my flat iron. oops! i had NO idea that wasn’t what it was intended for!! :) thanks girl!

  8. Kath Says:

    Yes, yes, yes to the blow dry tutorial! Please!

  9. Stacie Says:

    Yes, yes, yes to the blow drying tutorial! I, too, have been embracing my naturally wavy hair because getting it straight was too time consuming & I don’t think my technique was helping the situation. Thanks for helping me get better hair!

  10. kati Says:

    i’d love a tutorial, altho i’ve pretty much gotten blow drying my own hair down to a science. i think i’m pretty damn good at it :)

  11. carolyn Says:


    And ditto the question about whether the plastic nozzle attachment touching your hair is ok or not.

  12. dawn Says:

    yes yes please, when i blow dry my hair i always ALWAYS miss the back and it’s not straight. blah. i’m super awful at blow drying my hair, so i skip the blow dryer, air dry and just straighten my hair

  13. Jane Says:

    I <3 your website, Reagan. Just wondering what is the best hairdryer to use? I have hair very similar to yours. I mostly leave it curly but wondering what dryer is best to smooth out the curls when I need too.

  14. Marie Says:

    Yes please. I love, love, love your blog!

  15. Meredith Says:

    I often flip it upside down and brush and blow dry. That helps to get it straighter and for fullness.

  16. brandilyn Says:

    YES PLEASE for a blow dry tutorial! it would be awesome if you showed us how to blow dry our own hair…because my hairdresser always makes it look fab in like 30 seconds and i can never duplicate it myself. heeellP!

  17. Kiki Says:

    Yes, tutorial please! And same question as LT and Carolyn about the plastic attachment on end of dryer touching hair. You are a great resource! Love ya!

  18. Mandy Says:

    Yes please on the tutorial! Also how you use a flat iron for curls.

  19. jkziel Says:

    I NEED a blow drying tute. I have natural wavy hair–really quite curly under and straight (almost, not all the way) on top. I hate it, please, why couldn’t I have been given all curly or all straight or how about nice natural waves all over? No, I have a mix of both and I blow dry before I straighten, but I never can quite get it. My stylist is super sweet and has given me some tips and product that she likes to use on my hair, but still, I can’t quite get it, once I go over it with a flat iron it is passable, but not perfect.

  20. Rachel Says:

    I would super love to see a blow-drying tutorial, because no matter how many times I have asked and been shown by stylists over my lifetime, I always forget.

    I currently roundbrush my longish wavy hair. It’s not as wavy as yours (or as it was pre-children – isn’t that weird?) but it still takes some time. I wonder if I should be using a flat brush instead. Well, crap, then I’d have to learn how to use that, too!



    PS: Love the Pip!

  21. Kathy Says:

    Yes, I’d love a tutorial on blow drying! I know I just need practice but I’m sure a few more pointers would be wonderful. My hair is pretty wavy (kind of like yours but I live in Denver where it’s dry so sometimes it just pulls straight in awkward spots) and BIG. It actually seems to get much bigger when I blow dry (with a round brush) so I need HELP and practice!

  22. Sharon Moore Says:

    YES PLEASE! You’re awesome. Thank you.

  23. Pitts31Teri Says:

    I strictly recommend not to hold back until you get enough money to order goods! You can take the personal loans or just secured loan and feel free

  24. Angela Says:

    I must admit I have never heard this before. It is an intriguing idea for sure. What advice might you have for people like me who have natural African American hair (4a/4b)? Is it possible for a non stylist to get their hair that straight at home with just a blow dryer? I’d be interested to hear your tips.


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