When in a pinch, use your flat iron as a makeshift iron to smooth out wrinkles in your clothes. This can come in especially handy during travel or if you're living in a small space and don't have room for an iron or ironing board. Burners beware: Start off with a low temperature and adjust as needed in order to avoid scorching your favorite ivory blazer or colorblock frock.
Some beauty items, like drugstore lip glosses and certain types of mascara, work so well that there's no need to spend more than a few bucks on them. However, there are certain products on the market that perform so amazingly well, they're worth the investment. Check out what we at Team Bella think about what five upscale beauty items warrant the purchase.
I purchased this because I had read a review that said it was a great value straightener. I used to have a much more expensive one, so I figured, why not save the money? Well, now I know why. It just doesn't flatten the hair as smoothly as more expensive products that I've used. I used to be able to use my straightener to twist my hair to give it texture, or to create crimpy curls, but this simply isn't strong enough. Even just using it regularly, I have to take twice as much time to go over each section of hair. It's worth investing in a better product.
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This flat iron is a piece of crap. It doesn't get that hot, and it has arrows to push to control the temperature, but the temperature always jumps down without you pushing the button. Do not buy.
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Of course, you still have to be careful as to not scald yourself while trying to straighten these downy hairs, and that's why a silver, heat-resistant glove is included. (Impersonating MJ while singing into my Sedu "microphone"? Who, me?) One quick swipe over small, yet manageable-sized sections, does the trick, making for an extremely fast straightening process all over the head. Plus, because it straightens so smoothly and quickly, the hair-damaging act of going over an unruly spot over and over is avoided altogether. Thanks to the minisize, it's got a mini-price-tag. Other larger Sedues go for upward of $140, making this one a real bargain. If you have extremely thick hair or super-curly locks, this straightener might not have quite what you need to achieve a straight finish, but for those with short styles and/or wavy textures, the Mini-Styler is worth a shot.
As tempting as it is to just pick the highest setting on hot tools in hopes of saving time with maximum sleekness, deep down you know the damage it causes. While healthy hair can better hold up to the heat, thin or chemically treated hair should turn it down a notch. Or several notches.
Even though many flat irons have built-in temperature settings in degrees, others simply list ranges from low to high. If you're operating with a tool with no thermostat, there's a simple test to make sure your iron is hot enough . . . but not too hot to handle. Curly Bella witnessed her stylist do this simple test with thermal irons on her last visit. Find out how to do this at home and read more
I like my beauty sleep as much as the next girl, and I've certainly rushed to get ready or touched up my look at work. However, not only have I never flat-ironed my hair while in the car, it's never even occurred to me. Until now.
That's right, check out this aptly named TS-2 Nomad Mobile Flat Iron for your wandering lifestyle. Instead of a wall plug, it goes right into your car's cigarette lighter. It seems like an accident waiting to happen — but perhaps you can make friends with a carpool of strangers by popping it in as you chill on the 405... while in the passenger seat, I hope. Can you see a use for this product, (now on sale for $65)?
Recently, I read an article about a woman who caused an inferno because she left her hot flat iron on the bed. Zoinks! How many times have you left the house, only to go into panic mode about that possibly still-plugged-on curling or flat iron sizzling away in the bathroom? It used to happen to me frequently. But no more!
Due to my worrywart nature, a relative shared a tip that I've used practically every time I bust out any kind of iron, whether for hair or clothing, and here it is: Once you unplug your iron, remember the image of the prongs coming out of the outlet, and say, "I'm unplugging this iron now." Then, just for extra insurance, carefully walk the iron to another location, all while saying to yourself, "I've unplugged this curling iron, and now I'm moving it to the dresser (or wherever)." Silly? Yes. Effective? You better believe it.