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Choosing the Best Flat Iron for Black Hair

Choosing the Best Flat Iron for Black Hair

A flat iron is a tool which can be used for styling your hair including straightening, creating basic curls, waves or crimps, and giving your hair a smooth and silky finish. Let’s try to understand few aspects of Hair, different types of Flat Irons, precautions while using the flat irons, along with features and cost differences. This should help you in getting an overview about flat irons to be used for black hair, though some information is applicable to hair of another color also.

Different types of hair

Based on an individual’s hair density, the hair can be classified as Thick, Medium, or Thin. The curl type and pattern are divided into straight, wavy, curly and coily, or kinky. Straight hair with absolutely no curls or coils are classified as Type 1. Wavy is between straight and curly, and has three subtypes, which are all classified as Type 2. All S-shaped hair is considered curly, and they also have three sub-types, all under Type 3. Tightly coiled or wiry hair is known as Type 4. Each type of hair has specific properties and the way you need to take care of your type of hair differs. Your hair can be further classified based on porosity, oiliness, and softness. Another important factor is the natural color of your hair, a classification useful for deciding hair styles.

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Different types of flat irons

Flat irons can be divided by plate sizes, where the 1-inch plate is most common, but you can get flat irons with different plate sizes; the type of flat iron plate is a crucial feature in your selection process. Your hair type should determine the size of the flat iron plate. Temperature settings, as well as how long it takes a flat iron to heat up, make all the difference in the lasting effect of your styles. The plate material is another important factor in your decision making; ceramic, tourmaline, and titanium are the three basic types of material used along with aluminium with alloy, and ionic, as additional uncommon types.

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If you are buying a flat iron for your personal needs, you may opt for a simple and cost effective one. If the usage is very high (like, for example, if you are a hair stylist) then you will choose a professional iron. The professional irons will provide temperature control; they will also maintain the temperature for a longer time and will be made with high technology. Based on features and brand, the cost of flat irons will vary, anywhere from just a few dollars to several hundred dollars.

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Precautions while using flat irons

While using a flat iron for black hair, some precautions need to be taken. The iron works better on well-conditioned and moisturized hair. If you use the iron as soon as you have washed your hair, that’s a good time. Soothing balms have proved to be helpful while styling the hair with a flat iron. Don’t select the highest temperature, and never keep the iron in one place for a very long time. Also, make use of the right heat protectant. Avoid applying any kind of oil to your hair, and use the flat iron very slowly and steadily.

Conclusion

Make sure you know as much as possible about your hair type. Take your time to research and choose the right type of flat iron to make sure that it will work for you. Flat iron selection can be based the plate material, heat control mechanism, amount of time it takes to heat up, and obviously, the cost. Based on these parameters, you can buy the best suitable flat iron for your black hair and do great styles!

Featured photo credit: Gonzalo Díaz Fornaro via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on June 26, 2019

I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

Hating life is a bit of a misnomer it seems: in the media, in education, in every aspect of our lives, we’re shown visions of a perfect world, one where everyone is happy and life is a decades-long dream. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Life can and is hard and tough and painful at times. I have first-hand experience of this: at this time years ago, I was a recent university graduate, unemployed and aimless. All of this was having a knock-on effect on my social and mental wellbeing—I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t seeing my friends as often. I was snappy to family members and I could barely drag myself out of bed in the morning…

That doesn’t mean it can’t change.

Life goes through ebbs and flows all the time and the key to getting through it all without cutting off your social circle and eating your local grocery store out of Ben & Jerry’s, is to cultivate some techniques and methods of going through life with some stability and grace. It’s not a guarantee against life’s hardships but, take the steps you want to use and you won’t hate life.

If you want to stop hating your life and start falling in love with it, take these steps:

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

Seriously, you’re obviously going to be grouchy and more inclined towards the more miserable side, if you’re not getting your recommended seven or more hours of sleep a night.

Start checking in how much you sleep and then start making steps to go to bed earlier and sleep for longer. It might cure every problem but at least you’ll be well-rested and less likely to nap throughout the day. If you having trouble getting to sleep, go and

2. Eat Healthily

I have had a real issue with eating healthily for years and it wasn’t until I was hospitalised a few years ago (for a condition unrelated to my eating for the sake of disclosure), that I really started to look at what I ate and how I viewed my body.

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I’m absolutely an advocate of body positivity and loving your body at any size and while I haven’t lost any huge amount of weight, eating a hell of a lot healthier improved my mood and made me feel better.

In short, it’s absolutely okay to have a pizza and a soda as a treat, but just have something healthier tomorrow.

3. Write It All Down

Sometimes the best thing you can do is let it all out. Keeping things that are making you hate life all bottled up is neither helpful to getting out of that cycle nor healthy for your overall wellbeing.

Grab yourself a notebook, a journal, a diary, a bit of paper, whatever, and just start writing down how you feel. As soon as you’ve done that, start thinking about what you could do in theory to stop this from happening or to stop you from feeling like this.

4. Get Some Fresh Air

It’s underrated and we all take it for granted, but really, getting out of your home and going for a walk can be really beneficial. It gets you outside in the (hopefully) sunshine and getting to see the whole of life as you walk around can be really grounding and calming.

Believe me, if you’re stuck inside mulling over on the bad things of your life, grab a pair of sneakers and go for a walk. Plus, it’s free. Can’t say better than that, can you?

5. Get Some Exercise

This is practically a Part II of the previous step, but as someone who used to look at the gym as something people did when they were feeling particularly masochistic, I can actually say I enjoy it now.

You don’t even have to subscribe to a fancy gym—go for a run around the block with your headphones in or lift some heavy boxes to build up muscle tone.

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Bonus: Doing all that heavy lifting of boxes or incorporating exercise into chores will make your house cleaner and look even more awesome, as well as making you look and feel better.

6. Treat Yourself

Hating your life can be exhausting, and I mean that literally. It drains the energy from you until all you want to do is lie in bed with a pint of ice cream and the last five seasons of a TV show on Netflix.

Therefore, a good thing to keep your spirits up can be to treat yourself.

Life is too short, after all, to deny yourself some treats. Go see that movie that looks awesome in the cinema, grab a gelato with a friend, paint your nails, whatever makes you happy, do it. You deserve it.

Here’re more ideas to inspire you: 30 Ways To Treat Yourself No Matter What

7. Cut out Those Negative Triggers

Chances are that if you hate life, something is setting off those triggers in your head. Until you’re able to deal with them without turning all misanthropic, the best thing might be just to get rid of all of those negative triggers.

If you’re suffering from what AllGroanUp refer to as “Obsessive Comparison Disorder” (i.e. obsessively checking out the lifestyles of all your “successful” friends), then stop using Facebook and Twitter as much.

Social media can be a fantastic way to connect, but it can be also be a toxic environment for neuroses and comparisons to breed.

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Trust me, I know. If it sets you off, cut it out.

8. Dance

Yes you can dance. No, really, you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re not some breakdancing dynamo or ballroom extraordinaire, everyone can dance. It’s programmed into the human race, the ultimate expression of emotion.

Dance like no one’s watching, dance like you don’t care. Tap your feet, sway your hips, go as mad or as wild as you want to to your favourite songs. Nothing quite shakes the cobwebs off than losing yourself in rhythm and dance to a song you love.

9. Get Organized

A great way to start moving forward and looking at what you can change in your life to make it better, is to get organized.

Spend a weekend going through your home and clearing the unnecessary stuff out of it. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or don’t want anymore and start to give everything a space.

It doesn’t have to look like it’s stepped off the pages of Good Housekeeping, but clearing a lot of space and making sure that your home has a bit of harmony can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

10. Pay It Forward

Life is a mystery and it can be a minefield to get through. Sometimes you stumble, sometimes you fall. The important part is to pick yourself back up and keep walking forward.

Paying it forward is simply helping others. Charity is something that is often thrown around as an accessory to human behavior—how many celebrities have you read about who have done something heinous, but are defended by the phrase “but [they] do charity work”?

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Go volunteer! If you think you’re at breaking point, go help other people.

People in the world out there will be going through the same things that you are going through; and while you might not run into someone who’s going through the exact same circumstances, you will be helping people who need help.

Helping out a soup kitchen, or at a church bake sale, or at a homeless shelter or wherever needs help, can make a huge difference to the lives of those individuals involved. And believe me, it’ll do a hell of a lot for your state of mind .

A great idol of mine, Audrey Hepburn, once stated that we have two hands: one for helping ourselves, and one for helping others. That’s a fantastic sentiment and one I think will help people who hate their live.

If you go and help other people, you’re having such a positive ripple effect on the world that some of it will come back to you one way or another, and it will get better.

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