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- A flat iron can help you smooth your tresses into that straight style you love, but over time, the heat that it produces can lead to damage. If you're concerned about the risks of frequent thermal styling, drugstore.com can help you find a flat iron that is gentler to your tresses. We carry a wide selection of infrared flat irons that lessen the risk of thermal styling damage to help you get the looks you want with less dryness and breakage.
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A Gentle Source of Heat

Infrared flat irons heat hair differently than conventional flat irons. A typical flat iron heats hair up from the outer cuticle of the strand inward. This puts stress on the protective covering of the strands and can wear it away over time. An infrared flat iron uses a type of safe electromagnetic radiation to penetrate the hair and warm up its inner layers first, heating it from the inside out. As a result, the cuticle is not subjected to as much stress and is less likely to become damaged. If your hair is already damaged, an infrared flat iron can be used along with a repairing hair care regimen to help your tresses recover. Using an infrared flat iron on strong, healthy tresses can minimize the risk of damage occurring.

Salon Quality Plates

Because infrared is an advanced hair care technology, you'll usually find it on flat irons that are salon quality. These irons will usually have plates that are constructed out of high-end materials like ceramic, ceramic infused with tourmaline, or titanium. All three of these materials generate ions to lessen frizz, smooth fly-aways and amplify shine while you style. You can learn more about the plates featured on these infrared flat irons by reading their product descriptions.

Getting the Perfect Size

Infrared flat irons are offered with plates in a variety of sizes. Most people can style their hair successfully with plates that are around 1 inch wide. Hairstyles that fall below the collarbones can be straightened more easily with plates wider than 1 inch in size, and hairstyles cut shorter than the chin are best styled with flat irons that are less than 1 inch wide.

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