I usually just put my hair up in a ponytail, but recently, I've been trying to keep it down and do something with it. It's short-ish (almost to my shoulders) very thick and wavy. I have a few layers, but not many. I straighten it with a flat-iron, but it really starting to show breakage. I need to buy a new one. Do you have any suggestions? Also, how can I keep those pestering little,"fly-away" hairs in place without my hair looking stiff? Control My Hair Blair
Dear Control My Hair Blair
The best and the safest flat iron for your hair is the Sedu Ionic Ceramic Flat Iron. Although it's pretty costly ($209.95), it smoothes any type of hair, leaves no frizz and if blow dried straight first, this iron gives hair a shiny, perfect finish! Chi used to be #1, but from my research, I've found most have broken within a year (must be why it's on sale). The most important element to look for when buying a flat iron is that it's ceramic. The older versions are made from metal which are rougher and result in more breakage. But don't let any of these advertisements fool you. No iron is 100% safe for your hair. The amount of heat that is generated by any styling tool is potentially damaging. If you buy one with teeth on it, make sure the teeth are aiming downward and that your hair is completely dry when you begin. If wet, the steam will directly enter your hair shaft and could erupt causing severe breakage. Lastly, always keep the iron moving on your hair. When you are finished, rub a peanut-sized amount of Kerastase's Lumiere Nutri-Sculpt between your fingertips until the consistency is slippery. Then rub it into your hair where the fly always are. It works like a charm and the little bottle should last you over a year!