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5 Simple mistakes you may be making with your Hair Straightener

Simple hair straightener mistakes can massively impact your final hairstyle, your over-all look and actually cause damage to your hair – yikes! So today I am going to share some simple mistakes you may be making with your hair tool.

Using Cheap Hair Straighteners.

Using cheap/low quality hair straighteners can be damaging to your hair. They can snag, pull, have low quality plates, poor temperature control, inconsistent heat, etc. It’s worth investing in a great tool like the Panasonic hair straightener, so you don’t have to worry about any of that. I’d recommend these ones that have even heat distribution plates and an advanced stable heater.

Not Cleaning Your Straighteners

A common mistake people make is not cleaning their hair straighteners. Over time, product, natural oils, dust and debris accumulates on the plate. This is bad for the tool and your hair! You can get cleaners specifically made for flat irons or you can use a damp cloth and a drop of rubbing alcohol to help sanitise – but for product build up, I’d recommend a purpose made cleaner. Just, whatever you do, make sure that you have them switched off and unplugged before you clean them!

Not Using Heat Protector

Heat tools can be very damaging to hair, especially if you neglect to use a product that helps protect against heat. Always make sure you use some form of hair heat protector to minimise the damage caused by heat styling.

Pulling Straight Down.

A common mistake people make while straightening their hair is pulling straight down. While this can still achieve a sleek and straight look, it will also flatten any volume at the root which can result in your hair looking limp and lifeless. Instead, straighten your hair up and away from the root. instead of directly downwards.

Straightening Wet Hair.

Straightening wet hair is generally a bad idea. Yes, you can get wet-to-dry straighteners, but you’re still much more likely to cause damage to your hair and end up with a limp looking hairstyle at the end of it. That fizzle and crackle sound doesn’t sound like a healthy sound, does it? You’re literally frying your hair. The water in your hair expands as it turns from liquid to gas – steam. The water is held in the cortex by the cuticle, so straightening wet hair causes damage to the hairs cuticle as it has to escape. That doesn’t sound fun, does it?

Take care of yourself and take care of your hair. Invest in quality products that are a pleasure to use so you can look and feel great. Remember, you can also curl your hair and achieve other styles with good quality straighteners too! So have fun with it.

Do you have any top hair tips?

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Beauty · hair · Uncategorized

Mane ‘n Tail Detangler

Mane ‘n Tail products were originally formulated for horses, ergo the name, or well, I assume. Equestrians started using the products themselves and so up came a range of the stuff for humans! Now they’re an absolute ESSENTIAL for my hair care and today I wanted to tell you about my favourite product; the Mane ‘n Tail Detangler!


I have been using Mane ‘n Tail for a few years now and this detangler is a MUST HAVE product for me. I use it liberally, but a bottle seems to last me absolutely ages. The photographs are rubbish, I know – sorry! But I photographed my current bashed and loved bottle.

Detangler benefits:

  • Exclusive pH balanced formula that is easy to use and helps eliminate tangles and knots and the appearance of dry split ends
  • Hair becomes easily manageable with rich, luxurious shine
  • Formulated with natural herbal extracts to help nourish, strengthen and fortify; helps prevent hair loss due to breakage
  • Safe and gentle for all hair types

Available in a 12 oz/355ml spray bottle. 


After I have washed my hair and it is still damp, I spray this stuff liberally, all over my hair, especially the mid to ends and then brush it through using my Tangle Teezer (which is also a must have product for me, just fyi!). Sometimes I just let it dry, other times I blow dry it on low, but whenever I do this, I always have soft, smooth and silky hair vs this fuzzy thing that’s loaded with fly-aways when I’m too lazy to do more than just shampoo my hair. Sometimes I spray it on to my tangle teezer and then brush it through my hair if I just let it dry naturally, was lazy and end up fly-aways.

My hair is much easier to brush – this stuff is like MAGIC for me and I’ve seen a massive reduction in the appearance and development of split ends since using it. I feel like everyone with a pony-tail (geddit!? ha! I’m so witty) should have this stuff. I’m so pleased that Mane ‘n Tail products are more accessible and easier to purchase now!

Have you tried any of their products? Do they work for you? or are they a bit much? I have dry, fine and frizzy hair but this stuff is meant to be great for all hair types!
If you’re an equestrian, do you use Mane ‘n Tail on your horses?!