Great hair requires great tools. That's why it's important to pick the best ones to deliver the chic results you crave.
Paul Mitchell irons are a mainstay in the styling world, and they currently come in two different lines: Ion Smooth, featuring classic ceramic plates, and Neuro™, featuring sleek titanium plates. Both are known for their ability to banish flyaways and create smooth, sleek, frizz-free looks.
Ceramic has been the go-to option for years, but titanium presents a new level of heat styling thanks to its ability to heat to higher temperatures. It's also known for keeping the plates evenly heated throughout styling.
How do you pick the right one for you? First, consider heat. If you have very curly or unruly, hard-to-style, higher heat might be required to achieve a sleek style. If you don't, lower temperatures will be just fine. Speed of heat-up can be a factor if you're in a time crunch during your regular routine, and if you travel out of the country a lot, dual voltage is key. After that, it boils down to personal preference.
Once you settle on a choice, make sure to make the most of your flat iron be avoiding these mistakes:
1) Lingering with the iron. Be sure to use smooth, quick, gliding movements through hair. Lingering too long on a section, or repeatedly running it over one, adds to the heat damage.
2) Not using a heat protectant spray. Speaking of heat damage, don't forget to coat each section of hair with a good spritz of a heat protectant spray, like Paul Mitchell Hot Off the Press. This creates an added barrier between hair and the iron.
3) Using the iron on wet hair. You may think you're killing two birds with one stone by using your iron on wet hair, but doing so is similar to boiling your strands. The dryer the hair before starting, the better.
4) Ditching the conditioner. Flat irons utilize hair's natural moisture to produce sleek, shiny results. That's why liberal conditioning is so important. From daily use in the shower to a weekly deep conditioner, like Paul Mitchell's The Masque, your hair will be soft to the touch and better maintain its elasticity.
5) Avoiding trims. Even with perfect use and precaution, damage strikes! The only way to keep hair in tip-top shape is to keep that regular date with your stylist somewhere in the every 4-8 week range.
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