If your hair is naturally wavy or curly, then you probably use a flat iron from time to time to achieve sleek, straight hair. But if your hair is on the thinner or finer side, straightening it can also leave it looking a little limp and dull. Fortunately, with the right tools, products, and technique, you can learn how to straighten hair with volume using ion® One Stroke Volumizing Iron 1”!
CHOOSE YOUR STRAIGHTENER
Before starting your style, you need to pick the straightener right for your hair. If you have fine, thin hair, our ion® Steam Pro Straightening Brush Iron is perfect if you’re trying to achieve flawless, silky hair without using the traditional straightening iron. It combines the power of heat and steam for a silky, shiny finish.
If your hair is more thick and coarse, finding a straightener that can recovery heat quickly after each pass through the hair while providing optimum heat distribution, will help to tame even the most stubborn of hair. If that matches your hair needs, our Magnesium line or new ion® Touch Tech™ Straightening Iron will be perfect for you!
START WITH PROTECTION
Any time you’re going to be applying heat to fine hair, it’s super important to protect it. Otherwise, you’ll end up with breakage, split ends, and other damage. We recommend a great flat iron cream that’s designed to protect and even repair damaged hair while you straighten without weighing it down in the process. Be sure to apply enough of this to the ends of your hair, which are the most prone to damage from heat.
SECTION OFF YOUR HAIR
The next step to achieving volume while straightening your hair is to separate it into at least three different sections. This is where having some bobby pins or clips to hold each section in place can be very helpful. Leave the bottom section of your hair down, as you’ll be working from bottom to top to achieve lots of volume. Straightening your hair in sections rather than all at once is a great way to add fullness.
ALL ABOUT THE TECHNIQUE
If you’re like most people, then you probably tend to pull down on your hair as you straighten it. And while this will definitely get your hair nice and straight, it also tends to make it look flat and limp. Instead, the best way to add volume to your hair while straightening is to switch up your technique. Rather than pulling your hair straight down, pull it up and out. Specifically, grab a small section of hair and clamp the flat iron over it, close to your roots (be careful not to burn yourself!). Immediately use the flat iron to pull the hair upwards for a couple of inches before straightening the rest of the strand horizontally. Use this technique as you work from the bottom section of your hair to the top.
GO OVER WITH A TEASING COMB
Once you’re all done straightening, another great way to add volume and fullness to your locks is to go over it with a teasing comb or teasing brush . This part is totally optional, but it’s a great way to make fine hair look fuller and thicker. Use a flexible hairspray when you’re done teasing your hair; this will keep it looking sleek and allowing for lots of movement while still holding that teased look.
FINISH WITH A TEXTURIZING SPRAY
Now, give your whole head a quick flip to and run your fingers quickly through the roots of your hair as you part it as desired. For a little extra volume, finish with a texturizing spray. Your hair will be straight and voluminous—and you’ll be good to go for the day! If your hair starts to lose fullness throughout the day, flip your head and touch up with hairspray as needed to refresh it.
No matter how fine or thin your hair may be, these tips and techniques are sure to help you achieve the appearance of fuller hair. From there, you can enjoy a nice little confidence boost when you go out!