A hair straightener is an electrical device used to straighten human hair. A hair curler is also a device used on some people’s hair, which uses the heat of up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176°C) to curl the hair in various shapes. Although both devices are used for improving looks, there are differences between them.
Hair straighteners and hair curlers both essentially do the same thing, but they work differently. The main difference is that one has plates and one does not. Some kinds of hair curlers use foam or cloth instead of metal for their barrels; these kinds of curlers are much better at retaining moisture in the hair. Another difference is that some hair straighteners use only one plate, while most hair curlers have two plates that clamp together against the head to hold the hair in place.
Hair Straightener vs Curler – Which Is Better?
Many people ask themselves: Hair Straightener or Curler – What’s The Best Option? This will depend heavily on the individual’s hair type, needs, and wants. The answer to this debate varies greatly depending on who you’re asking, for example, someone with natural African American hair, will probably benefit most from a curler or wand because of its shape, whereas someone who has straight blonde locks would likely prefer to use a traditional flat iron.
The curler or wand is a cylinder that heats up, and once it has heated up sufficiently,
the user will clamp the hair at the section desired and simply count to five. The heat from the curler will allow the hair to stay in place, allowing for better curls throughout.
The straightener on the other hand works by flattening out the hair strand, to achieve a straighter look.
Most people find that they can simply use the same straightener they always do because it has proved successful in the past, but others will invest in different types based on their hair texture and desired effect.
Although both of these products are very similar, curling irons tend to be more widely bought, because they provide more of a variety of uses. With the straightener, the user will only be able to use it for creating straighter hair, but with curling irons, one can create many different styles of curls ( bouncy, loose, tight, etc. ) depending on what type of curler is used.
The most common tools used to Straighten the Hair are:
Combs and Brushes
Some people think that the only way to straighten hair is with a comb, but this is impossible. Most combs have wide teeth which make it almost impossible to flatten the cuticle, therefore it would be nearly impossible for one’s hair to become straight. The reason straightening irons and such give such good results is because they de-frizz your hair ( which makes it look like you’ve done something to make it straighter ) and also reduces the amount of volume in one’s hair, therefore making it easier to control. They do this by flattening down individual hair shafts.
A hair dryer is by far the quickest way to straighten your hair, it won’t damage or change your hair’s natural texture, however, some people may find this too risky because of the heat.
This is probably the best way on how one can straighten their hair without using chemicals (such as relaxers), by using conditioner will decrease frizziness and increase manageability, but on some occasions, conditioning isn’t enough. This depends on how coarse one’s hair is. If you have very thick curly (or coily) hair then styling straighteners are your only option besides shaving it off. But if you do choose to use a flat iron make sure to use a heat protectant and don’t over straighten your hair because it will damage the hair and possibly cause it to break off (especially if you’re using cheap flat irons).
This is probably the most effective way of how you can straighten your natural hair without having to use heat, but this comes with its cons. Chemical-based relaxers work by breaking down or opening up your curl pattern (depending on the process) which results in straighter and looser curls, however, this method takes time and involves sitting under a hooded dryer for an hour or two. It’s best to go through this process every three months or so depending on how quickly your curls grow back; also make sure you invest in a clarifying shampoo at least once a month to make sure there is no build-up on your hair.
Chemical-based relaxers contain sodium hydroxide (lye) or potassium hydroxide (no-lye). Lye will break the bonds of the proteins that hold your natural curl pattern together; this method changes the actual structure of your hair, whereas No-Lye relaxer simply opens up the cuticle without changing the structure of your hair. The end result is straighter and looser curls that are not as defined as they would be with heat styling.
This product is specifically designed to curl African American hair, but works on all curly hair types. It has a moisturizing formula that coats your hair to protect against frizz and breakage. This product is specifically designed to curl Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic/Latino, European American, Middle Eastern, or Native American Hair. It contains an active ingredient called keratin which forms a protective layer around the hair, keeping it straight for long periods of time.
Hair-Styling Products and Tools
Hairstyling products are used to change the texture or shape of the hair. They are typically composed of hair wax, hair spray, gel, mousse, creme, clay, serum, oil, pomade, and other formulations. These products make your hair shiny or dull; they can make it more manageable by creating waves or straightening it out; they can give you a particular style for an extended period of time.
Haircare tools include combs and scalp treatments. Combs help to smooth the surface of the hair shaft while brushing helps distribute natural oils along the length of the hair shafts. Shampoos cleanse dirt and excess oils from your scalp and strands of your hair. Conditioners are used every time you shampoo your hair and they serve to restore the natural oils that shampoo removes. Hair relaxers, straighteners, and permanent waves can be used to alter your hair’s physical appearance.
Hairdryers help speed up the process of drying your hair by blowing hot air on it using a thermal effect or by using forced-air technology. Blow-dryers rely either on the evaporation of water or on technologies that reduce resistance within the airflow. All three types of blow-dryers are available for home use with the latter type being more expensive than the first two types.
A hand-held blow-dryer usually uses both normal heats as well as reduced heart but there are also models that only produce reduced heat which is safer to use on fragile tresses.
How To Care For Your Straightener Or Curler?
To best take good care of your blow-dryer, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for how to clean it. Proper maintenance will extend the life of your blow-dryer and ensure that it is always working properly so you are guaranteed to have great hair days every day.
Caring for your curler or straightener should be done after each use to keep them in top condition over time. Here are some tips on how to do this:
- Once you are done styling with it, unplug the appliance from its electrical outlet.
- Turn off the heat settings or reduce them if possible as high heat can damage follicles and lead to split ends at the very least. Low heat is often recommended as it leads to less damage.
- Wipe away any excess styling products such as hair spray or wax that may be left on the curling iron or straightener. This can clog and ultimately damage your device and lead to malfunctions and breakage over time.
- Use a heat protectant product, like TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray, before using your appliance to protect against potentially harmful heat exposure.
- To close the cuticle of each strand to seal in moisture and lock-in color, use a brush with boar bristles right after you style your hair; this is known as brushing while drying
A lot of stylists will tell you not to do this, but it actually helps the hair to set and gives you a shiny finish.
Buffing brushes can be used for this purpose.
- Be gentle when brushing your hair; use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush if your hair is fragile or damaged.
- If you notice that your device is heating up slower than usual, take away the heat when it reaches the desired temperature; then wait 30 seconds and plug back in (if it’s plugged in) to ensure an even and constant level of heat during styling.
- When curling with hot tools, try wrapping hair around rods from top to bottom rather than bottom to top. This will give you tighter curls and reduce any chances of them falling out.
- Make sure you always have a steady hand when using hot tools, as any shaking or coming too close to the scalp could burn your skin.
- If you’re looking for volume in your hair, try curling sections of it away from your head. This will ensure that the higher sections are not weighed down by gravity and help create volume.
- Turn down the heat on heated appliances that aren’t used often; this way they’ll stay functional for longer periods of time without decreasing ineffectiveness.
- Use hair protectors when styling your hair with heated tools so that it’s protected against damage – especially if you want to achieve curl or waves rather than straight hair!