Straighteners | This is how low you should set the temperature


Straightened hair, curly hair – a straightener is a jack of all trades capable of making your hair feel and look perfect. But you have to take care so the heat from the straightener doesn’t damage your hair. In this blog post we guide you to the perfect temperature setting for your hair.

Straighteners in use on long hair
Straighteners in use for making curls

Your straightener is hot and ready to take on your long locks. But how hot is it, and is the temperature right for your hair? Many straighteners allow you to set the temperature. However, being able to set the temperature to 230°C doesn’t mean that you should. Your hair type decides which temperature your straightener should be set to.

Set the straightener according to your hair type 

Many Scandinavian women have fine to normal hair. But even within this narrow definition, the right temperature may vary a great deal. If you don’t know your hair type, ask your stylist for advice or read our blog with a guide about how to determine hair types here .  

straightener and comb

Fine/damaged hair: 120°C-150°C

If your hair is fragile, don’t set the temperature of your straightener too high. Your hair may be fragile for many reasons. Either it’s naturally fine or damaged by too many permanent hair treatments such as bleaching or perms.

Fine/strong hair: 150°C-180°C

Your hair can cope with higher temperatures if you have strong, fine hair. However, you still ned to be careful with the heat from your straightener.

Normal/damaged hair: 180°C

Set the temperature of your straightener to 180°C if your hair is normal but damaged from chemical treatments such as colouring.

Normal/strong hair: 190°C-210°C

The stronger and thicker your hair is, the higher temperatures it can cope with.

Thick hair: up to 210°C

If your hair is thick, you can climb a few steps higher on the temperature scale. You can use 210°C when styling your hair. However, we recommend that you start out at a temperature below 210°C and only work your way up the temperature scale if you don’t achieve visible results.

3 tips: How to minimise the risk of heat damage

 Even if you have the sweetest straightener on the market and you now know which temperature matches your hair type, you should try to minimise the heat damage with these three tips before you start straightening away.

#1 Remember to apply heat protection

Always apply heat protection before styling your hair with your straightener. If you apply the heat protection to dry hair, remember to let it work for a moment before starting your straightening routine. If you use your straightener on damp hair, you risk damaging your hair, and that’s exactly what you’re trying to avoid with the heat protection.

Try IdHAIR Mé Heat Defender and protect your hair against the heat from straighteners, hair dryers and other hot hair styling tools. 

#2 Use a straightener that distributes the heat evenly

Always buy a straightener that distributes the heat evenly so you don’t have to treat the same strand of hair repeatedly. The more heat you expose your hair to, the greater the risk of damaging it.

#3 Clean your straightener

Rub the plates gently with a damp cloth. A dirty straightener can lead to dragging, which can damage your hair. Residues of hair products will inevitably build up on your straightener. So make it a habit to check if its time to clean it. Always clean your straightener when it is warm/cooled and unplugged. Water and electricity don’t mix well!

We hope these tips will help smoothen your next straightening experience.

Have a nice hair day!

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