The first time I tried to make my hair as sleek and straight as Charlize's--check out that pretty, shiny curtain--let's just say the unmistakable smell of burning hair was in the air.
I thought using a fancy flatiron with ceramic plates was enough--if you didn't know, they glide over the hair much more smoothly and with less damage than scary metal ones--but unfortunately, I ignored these two critical rules:
Rule #1: If you're going to use a flat iron, work a liberal amount of heat-protective serum, spray, or lotion through your hair before clamping down on it. This step is CRUCIAL for preventing your hair from getting fried. I really like TIGI S-Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray ($22.95).
Rule #2: You know that little booklet that comes with the flat iron? The one you usually toss in the trash? Scrounge it up, or try to download a new one from the company's website, because that will tell you how long you should leave the iron on each section of hair and how hot to let it get. If you threw it out, a good rule of thumb is to stay in the neighborhood of 250 degrees--otherwise, your hair will be noticeable course and dull over time.
Charlize clearly knows the rules--look at that swingy, fabulous hair.
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image via charlizeonline.com
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