I still remember the first time I discovered flat irons. I was 13-years-old, and I was just getting into that feeling of wanting to do something different with my hair. My mom bought me a flat iron, and I spent the next several years of my life straightening my naturally wavy hair into oblivion. I was obsessed. I straightened my hair every day, sometimes more than once. If I saw one kink, it made me crazy. I bought straightening products, and even went so far as to get a Brazilian straightening treatment done. I loved straight hair.
Then sometime around my college years, straight hair stopped being so popular, and natural waves became the “it” hairstyle. Suddenly, embracing my natural texture was cool! As I stopped depending on my flat iron so much, I realized just how damage I had been doing to my hair. It was dry, frizzy, and totally fried.
For the last few years, I’ve almost stopped straightening my hair completely. I rarely use my flat iron, and if I do, it’s just to touch something up. I’m actually a little afraid of it, because I work really hard on having healthy hair, and I don’t want a little flat iron to ruin that.
The moral of the story is this: flat irons really can mess up your hair, especially if you’re not using it correctly. Making these mistakes could mean the difference between smooth, silky locks, and fried ones. You can use a flat iron without ruining your hair – you just need to learn how to do it. Here are 12 flat iron mistakes you never realized you were making when straightening your hair:
Which of these mistakes do you make? What did I forget? Tell me in the comments.