The good iron for your hair

No successful styling is possible without a good iron … But be careful, because when evil chooses its instruments and we do not use them wisely, exercise can turn into a real part of arm wrestling … Before to commit the irreparable, follow the advice of a pro and learn how to choose, use and maintain your iron.


Flat Iron: Between its hot and flat plates, slip a lock of hair to stiffen. If the iron is narrow (and its outer lining is not made of foam), it can also be wound a strand to the loop. It is, therefore, a dual-purpose instrument, used in finishing touch.

Curling Iron: As the name suggests, it serves to impart motion, hot, in the hair. For loose curl, the diameter of the barrel will be larger. Like the previous one, the curling iron is a finishing tool, which is used on dry hair.

Thermal Protection: It is essential to put her hair away, given the excessive degree of heat to which they are subjected by looping or smoothing them. Before grabbing our iron, it is important to unsheathe our thermal protector! This is a solution without water, but the sip of silicone, which serves as a capillary tube. Simply spray on the entire thickness of the fair before to spend iron hair. No danger of soiling the instruments because these products are colorless, non-greasy, non-alcoholic and especially not sticky.

A good ally

Spray ThermaShine gloss Sunsilk ($ 4), the silk protein.

Make your choice

“Three elements must be considered when buying iron: 1) its size (to choose according to the use that will), 2) its composition (specifically, that of the coated surface heating), and 3) its power (which can be set by a heat dimmer), “notes Yoan Aumond, hair stylist at Kharactèr lounge style and colors of Montreal.

Dimension: According to Yoan, better to buy a flat iron close. “The width of the plates should not exceed 1.5 inches, so it will be lighter (and therefore more malleable) and versatile (that is to say, as dedicated to stiffen as complete, and suitable for all hair lengths and thicknesses). “To purchase a curling iron, you have to shop in each case: small, if one has short hair or it is the effects of very defined curls, if rather large.

Composition: The metal is out of favor, as being an excellent conductor of heat, it tends to damage hair. It now prefers ceramic or tourmaline, two materials which, in addition, to distribute the heat consistently and uniformly throughout the capillary surface, wake the sleeping of the hair shine. “That they are endowed with negative ions and have on the hair (itself positively charged) the effect of a magnet, says designer. Upon contact, the hair is stretched, its scales are tightening and stems are gaining luster, discipline and beauty, and this, the first pass, “he notes.

Power: Hair needs are different depending on whether it is long or short, or the full density gradient, thick or thin. “And as our tastes in hairstyles and cuts follow trends and fluctuate over the years – if not months – is better from the outset deal with any eventuality,” recommends Yoan Aumond. Choose an iron with a heat dimmer, so invest in the quality of a camera, and especially in its longevity. But what temperature to choose when there is a choice between different degrees of heat? “Our first rule is to set the temperature in middle, advocates the expert, then adjusted according to the results. Indicatively, a lock should not need more than two strokes of a flat iron to become stiff. ”

Good Use

The expert hairdresser and like to repeat: “The irons are not in any way of styling tools. These tools also give good results when a mechanical Thermo Bross age – the dryer and brush – is first realized. ” So once the well dry hair and goods trouble, they honed their shaping iron. the capillary surface is separated into sections, so as to stiffen or to fasten wicks not exceeding one inch in width and thickness. The movement then we will give them will print the first shot of iron, and take a long time. It begins on the neck and gradually rises to the top of the head.

To stiffen

It closes the hotplates on the selected bit and the flat iron is slid from the root to the tip in a continuous motion. No undue pressure or jolts, otherwise hello wrinkles!

Our suggestions:

The upscale: straightener iron cordless MS1 Smoothliner Braun ($ 50). Plates coated with ceramic. Food butane, for wireless use, worldwide. Close enough to straighten or curl.

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Economic: Professional hair straightener Style To Go Revlon ($ 20).

To complete

Everything depends on the iron mechanism. If its barrel rotates, there winds the wick, from top to bottom. If the barrel is fixed, it is back on the wick from the tip to the root. We wait five to seven seconds and is unwound.

Our suggestions:

Professional: Fer curling Twirl! T3 ($ 225). 100% tourmaline barrel. Dimmer 4 heat levels. Available in three diameter sizes (small, medium, large). swivel head. 4-year warranty.

Economic: Curling Iron Hot Air 1.5 inch Conair ($ 30). Two metal end caps: brush or barrel. Diffuse air jets for use on damp hair. Articulated cord. Three degrees of intensity of the heat.


“The irons made entirely of ceramic or tourmaline rarely damaged, says the stylist Kharacter lounge style and colors. Rather, the hard metal plates that tend to clog at great speed, he says, because with use, their thin coating tapers, scratches and eventually disappears completely (to the chagrin of sensitive hair) “. Even worse when distributes foam, gel or hairspray in her hair before curling or straightening them, their alcoholic components caramelize under the effect of heat and stick together in sticky residue on the item , amputating the effectiveness and work ability of the iron. To redo the irons shine like new pennies, one cold cleans with a damp cloth with a little rubbing alcohol.