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Hair Iron Withdrawal Methods

The appeal of a just-got-out-of-bed tousled hairstyle is universally appreciated.

Unfortunately in the era of hot irons (curling, flat) people may tend to go overboard with their beloved hot hair stylers.

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What are the results of hot iron addiction?  Even with heat protective products hair may become damaged from hot iron overuse.  This is especially true if you use too high a setting on the iron or don't regularly test the heat level of your iron to make sure it won't burn your delicate strands.

Another danger with excessive iron use is a hairstyle which is too perfect, too styled, too straight.  For some types of hair, especially fine hair, regular use of a hot iron can leave hair too flat and limp.

How To Withdraw From Your Hot Iron?

Stepping away from your iron doesn't have to mean going cold turkey.  If you're so inclined, wean your hair off your iron slowly.  Opt for wet sets with rollers under a hood dryer which can be finger picked or tousled with a less finished look.

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If you can't live without hot styling tools, transition from a hot iron to hot rollers.  From hot rollers transition to regular hair rollers or pin curls for wet or interim styles.

For a cooler and softer effect, style less with the iron and more with styling cocktails (leave-in conditioners, mousse, gel), blow dryers and high quality boar bristle brushes.  This will give hair a break from damaging ironing, but still allow you to rock texture.

Celebrity hairstylist Edward Tricomi, co-owner of Warren-Tricomi Salons recommends using a "hot iron only to create a few uneven pieces around the hairline or soft piece-y bangs that can be styled with your iron".

Utilizing an iron for random waves or creating simple layers offers less measured options.

If you can withdraw from your flat iron overtime your hair will thank you for it and your style can expand into new textured options.

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