There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Sedu flat iron lately, and how to get "Sedu hair styles". Sedu has appeared in Allure and Variety magazines, and is endorsed by A-list celebs, such as Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez. It's true, the Sedu is a high quality flat iron, superior to any that you can pick up at your local drug store, but there are several other top of the line flat irons to choose from. My personal favorite is my Chi Flat Iron by Farouk, while some other stylists in my salon love their Paul Mitchell Smoothing Irons. All of these have ceramic plates, which provide even heat and produce negative ions, which cut down on frizz and leave your hair looking sleek. Be sure that you select a flat iron with ceramic plates, not just ceramic coated plates. The cheaper flat irons which have metal plates coated in ceramic do not provide good results, and will cause considerably more damage than a ceramic flat iron.
Now that we've got that out of the way, take a look at how easy it is to flat iron your hair, given the proper tools.
1. Start with hair that is completely dry. If your hair is naturally wavy or curly, blow it straight before you begin. Check out the article, "Blow Me - 6 Simple Steps to a Professional Quality Blow Dry" at my website http://www.hairbykelsi.com for instructions.
2. Use a small amount of product such as Paul Mitchell Heat Seal. You Don't need to drench it, you want it to be dry still, just give it a little spritz to protect it from the heat. Separate a 1/8" thick horizontal section at the nape of your neck and clip the rest of your hair up.
3. Starting near the scalp, comb through your hair with a fine-tooth comb, and follow closely with the flat iron. You don't have to race through this, but keep it moving. If the area you just went over doesn't look bone straight, go over it again. It shouldn't take more than two swipes to give you smooth results. You may notice steam coming off the iron, which is normal. However, if you hear a sizzling sound, it means that your hair is not dry enough.
4. Work around the section in that manner and when you have finished, let down another 1/8". Repeat step 3 until you are done.
5. Finish off with a small amount of product like Paul Mitchell Gloss Drops, avoiding the roots, and paying special attention to the ends, as that's where any damage is going to be most apparent, then style as desired.
You can also use your flat iron to flip out the ends, or to make large curls by twisting the flat iron down the hair. It's a very versatile tool, and can be fun to experiment with!
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Kelsi Eldredge is a stylish young hair designer, working in Arlington, WA, near Seattle. Her website, http://www.hairbykelsi.com/
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