Sometimes, you just want straight, sleek. shimmery hair. Curls are cute, perms are perfect and braids are beautiful. Now and again, or everyday if you prefer, wearing your hair pin straight is stylish and sexy.

To get the chic, straight look, a flat iron is your best tool. Blow-dryers and curling irons also work, but for the straightest, most posh finish, a flat iron is best. From teenagers to grandmothers, people straight iron their hair.

A flat iron, or hair iron, is a tool used to change the structure of your hair using heat. Flat irons can be used on all hair types, and all hair lengths, from short, to medium, to long.

Heat straightens hair to a heightened level of hot!


Flat Iron Fun Fact: Flat irons work by breaking down the hair’s positive hydrogen bonds found in the hair’s cortex, which cause hair to open, bend and become curly. Once the bonds are broken, hair is prevented from holding its original, natural form, though the hydrogen bonds can re-form if exposed to moisture.

You wore your hair straight and sexy, now you’re ready for your natural hair? Merely wet or shampoo, and your hair will go back to its original consistency.


Straight hair speaks high fashion.

Low end flat irons use a single layer of ceramic coating on its plates, whereas high end flat irons use multiple layers of ceramic or even use 100% ceramic material for its plates.


How to Flat Iron Hair:

  1. Find a flat iron that works for you. Flat irons can be purchased at hair salons, drug stores, beauty supply stores, department stores.
  2. If you wear bangs, iron the bangs first. Pick up a section of bangs, place the flat iron at the top, hair section between the tongs of the flat iron, and work your way down, applying pressure on the flat iron. The heat and pressure straighten the hair in the process.
  3. Us the flat iron over your entire head, beginning at the sides, section by section. Place the flat iron closes to the scalp (section of hair inside the tongs) and slide the flat iron down, with pressure, all the way to the ends of the hair. The more pressure you exert, the straighter the hair.
  4. A finishing spray of hair gloss or hair shine works wonders.

Flat Iron Not So Fun Fact: Excessive heat causes hair to dry and break. Daily use of a flat iron can damage hair, cause hair to fry and brittle ends to break. You may want to spray a leave in conditioner on your hair.

Flat iron effects pump up your hair to flat and fabulous!



Super straight hair equals super sensual and super sexy. Pin straight hair is modern, glamorous and gorgeous.

To get a sleek effect, with more body, try a crimping iron. Crimping irons work by crimping ha
ir in sawtooth style. The look is similar to crimps left in the hair after taking out small braids. Crimping irons also heat up, and come in different sizes with different ridges on the paddles (tongs). Larger ridges produce larger crimps in the hair; smaller ridges produce smaller crimps.

Flat irons give you pin straight hair, which takes away volume. If you want straight hair and some volume, a blow-dryer works better. Heat straightens hair. Blow-dried straight hair will have more body. Flat ironed straight hair will have more sex appeal!


Most flat iron models have electric heating. Plug item in, perfect hair out! Cordless flat irons typically use butane.

Flat Iron Not So Fun Fact: Just like curling irons, flat irons get hot, hot, hot. If not careful, you can burn your fingers, arms, neck, forehead. Even your foot if you are barefoot and drop the flat iron. Use caution!

Are the potential burns and possible hair damage worth it? You be the judge! I say yes, as divas know that fashion trumps comfort every time!



Whether you prefer to wear your hair flat or fly-away, a great hairstyle brings on a great you!

Are you up for a new do? Perhaps a flat iron straight style will suit you.

Are you a clean freak like me? Then the next time you need to straighten something, whether it be a messy room, cluttered kitchen or a slanted picture, give yourself a break. Straighten your hair. You’ll have fun doing it, and the final result will be delightful! Smile!


Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two Natalie North murder mysteries, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her flair for fashion into her novels. Visit Nancy on her author website, her fashion/style/beauty/book blog, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano.



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