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If your luscious locks of hair are your favorite accessory, you’re probably glad that summer is winding down and soon it will be fall — the ultimate hair season. Whip out your blow dryer and straightener and let’s celebrate less humidity with a bomb hair styling — responsibly, of course. Never without a heat protectant and not without assessing the current condition of your hair, something that we at Salon Antoine are more than happy to help with. Contact us at 703-691-8878 or head on over to your online form to schedule an appointment today!

Hot Tool Disclaimers

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Before you even pick up any styling tool, make sure your hair has a healthy look to it. If your hair is too damaged, say from bleach or chlorine, taking a straightener to your locks won’t do you any favors. People have documented this whoopsy extensively on YouTube — view these horrific videos at your own discretion. Secondly, your hair, no matter its condition, needs a generous helping of a heat protectant. Heat protectants come in multiple forms, and they typically come with a handful of other benefits, like shiny locks and reduced frizz. Speak to our stylists about their favorites, as well as what’s best for your hair.

Which Straightener is Ideal for You?

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about the tool itself. Straighteners come in multiple widths and heat settings. The best way to choose the perfect one for you is to assess the length and thickness of your own tresses. For pixie length hair or for bangs, your best option is going to be the dainty 1/2 -inch mini flat iron. This will allow for the most maneuverability while maintaining your mane. For short hair or any length of fine hair, a 1-inch iron will suit you best. The thicker and longer your hair, the wider you want the plates on your straightener.

Finally, let’s talk about the composition of these tools and how to pick one that provides the right attributes for your beautiful head of hair. Typically, straighteners are made with three different types of plates: ceramic, titanium, and tourmaline. Ceramic has a number of perks, including boasting the most even heat distribution. They’re least likely to burn your hair, too, making them great for lads and ladies who dye often. You do need to make sure that they’re made entirely from ceramic, though, because cheaper, coated plates can chip which will lead to snags. Titanium options are great for mornings when you’re on-the-go but need a quick straighten for that polished, professional look. Titanium heats the quickest and isn’t very damaging — when used properly. If the plates are applied to your hair for too long, though, they can cause some serious damage. It’s best to leave titanium to the pros and the very careful for that reason. Lastly, tourmaline will have those with frizzy hair jumpy for joy. This crushed, crystalline mineral coating straightener plates reduces frizz, ups the shine, and provides the ultimate straight for those who want their locks to look like they could cut through stone.
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Are you ready for fall? At Salon Antoine, we certainly are. Our stylists are on-hand, with all of their hot tools, to style your hair up right, as well as teach you how to recreate your favorite looks at home. We’re conveniently located at 11092 Lee Highway in Fairfax, VA, and have hours Monday through Saturday! We hope to see you soon!

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