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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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