I have very thick hair myself, brush breakingly thick, so I often get asked which is the best hair straightener for thick hair.
Although what type of flat iron you use does matter, techniques and other equipment are important too.
Best hair straightener for thick hair
You’ve probably heard this said a thousand times, but GHDs really are the best hair straightener for thick hair. I think if you have fine hair, or not very much hair, you can get away with most brands doing their job, but GHDs are king.
Usually they have quite a hefty price tag (that’s the price you pay for the best), but there are places that share discounts, like this GHD straighteners sale page. Which posts various offers and discount codes.
Once you’ve chosen a professional hair straightener, you need other bits of equipment too. I recommend a detangling comb, some heat protection spray and a couple of these hair clips. I’ve had thick haired friends buy fantastic hair straighteners, then because they don’t know how to use them, they’ve been left unimpressed, so I’m going to share my tips. In case you’re wondering what I know on the matter, this is the natural state of my hair:
How to straighten thick hair
1. First, you need to section your hair off. If you go straight in with the flat iron, you won’t get a great result. I use those clips to take bit section of the top of my hair out of the way. I need two clips, you might get away with 1 if you’re hair isn’t too long. I fasten it so that I have only a little bit less to straighten. The smaller the section, the easier and quicker it is to straighten.
2. Use your heat protection spray on each section before you straighten it. Don’t soak it, but just give it a quick spritz from about 10cm away, then use the detangling comb to comb it through your hair. This will help protect your hair from heat damage which flat irons can cause.
3. Align a small section of your hair between the plates of the hair straighteners, close tightly and slowly drag down the length of you hair. Slowness is key, if you do it too fast, the heat won’t have enough time to have an effect on your hair. Comb the section after you let go of the straighteners, it should cool quickly and you’ll be able to move on. Repeat this all the way round your head.
4 Let some more small sections down from the clips and repeat steps 1-4 until you are done. Yes it’s time consuming, but when isn’t all hair care when your head holds a bountiful crop?
If you follow these steps, you’ll see quite a difference!
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