Do you know the optimal temperature range you should be using to not only style your hair, but to protect your hair from unnecessary damage?
Different hair types call for different temperatures on your flat iron or curling iron to ensure your tresses can withstand daily use.
While your stylist may crank up the flat iron temperature to achieve fast results when styling many clients throughout the day, their temperature choice may not be the best for day-to-day styling.
Here is the ultimate flat iron temperature guide to aide your heat styling regimen starting at the top of the heat spectrum.
FHI’s collection of styling irons and curlers heat up to 450°F, perfect for very thick and stubborn hair that requires extra time and attention when smoothing. If you feel like heat styling tools rarely make a difference when doing your (or your client’s hair), look for a line that has a higher temperature range.
For coarse or textured hair, start by setting your iron to 370°F and work up in temperature until you achieve desired results. Ensuring you have a qualityhair dryer and brushes will help set the foundation of your look prior to heat styling with a flat iron or curler.FHI’s Platform Titanium tools transfer heat to the hair faster, best for coarse and very thick hair types.
If you have naturally wavy hair, stay within the 350°F - 370°F window for daily use to keep hair healthy. Using a flat iron withmoisture-locking negative ions will help smooth hair and create a frizz-free finish without employing extra heat.
What does normal hair mean? If you find that your strands aren’t too fine, too coarse, wavy, or thick - you fall into this category. This is the baseline of hair types and typically suggests that your hair responds well to heat without needing higher temps.
Wondering about the best flat iron temp for fine hair? Fragile & fine hair shouldn’t require as much heat to achieve a style and it’s recommended to start at the lowest temperature to see what works and to avoid further damage. Usingthermal protectant hair care is a non-negotiable when operating on fragile tresses.
Synthetic hair is extremely fragile and shouldn’t be exposed to temperatures above 160°F. Take extra caution and start on the lowest end of your styling iron’s temperature range before working your way up.FHI’s Platform Signature tourmaline ceramic irons start at 140°F making them a great choice for synthetic strands.
If you feel like you are in between hair types, start with the lowest amount of heat necessary to create your style and increase when necessary.
Cinco de Mayo is a colorful and inclusive holiday which features dancing, music, cocktails, costumes, and cuisine. And today is as good a day as any to take control of your busy schedule and hit the refresh button. Below are some tried and true tips to make the most of this spring holiday.
Gratitude is the kind of thing we know we should practice more, but in the busy daily life of the salon, practicing gratitude often gets overlooked.
Fill your life with color
You don’t have to wear a Mexican costume to fill your life with color. This springtime holiday is a great time to fill your home or station with a bouquet of flowers to brighten your day, or to wear a colorful piece of clothing while you relax.
Mom knows best. It was true when we were little girls trying to sit still while our moms braided our hair or brushed it out after a trip to the pool. And it is still true today while we are the ones standing behind the chair and making someone else’s hair more beautiful. Some of us had moms who were stylists, and some of us did not. But no matter what our moms did in the office or in our homes, they always had time to help us look our best. These are the kind of lessons that stick with us, and Mother’s Day is a great time to remind ourselves of all the important things our moms have done for us! Where would we be without her beautiful example and ideas for a beautiful head of hair?