Flat Irons with a Single Heat Setting

December 16, 2009 by TheGoth  
Published in Hair

When purchasing a flat iron, many different options are available. One of the options is a flat iron with a single heat setting. While such a flat iron eliminates the process of selecting which heat setting to use, it can also possess qualities that are less than desirable.

Selecting a flat iron is not always the easiest task because many different brands and types are available. However, one of the main elements in the selection process is the choice between a flat iron with multiple heat settings, or a flat iron with only a single heat setting. While both flat irons have their advantages, a flat iron with a single heat setting can have disadvantages that leave a person wanting more.

A flat iron with a single heat setting is a relatively simple device to use. It needs to be plugged in, and upon plugging it in, it begins to heat up. When the flat iron is hot enough, it is then able to be used. Then, after finishing the straightening process, the device can be unplugged, and set aside to cool down.

The advantage of using a flat iron with a single heat setting is that it makes the process of straightening the hair easier. Sometimes, seeing an abundance of different levels of heat can be overwhelming, especially for an individual who is not familiar with using a hot iron. The single heat setting makes it so that the flat iron will continue to heat up. Therefore, the individual can begin the process whenever they feel that the flat iron has become hot enough. 

The disadvantages of using such a device, however, are that the product can take an ample amount of time to heat up, there may not be an “on” or an “off” switch, there is no visible indication of when the flat iron has become hot enough, and the flat iron will just continue to heat up, eliminating the act of diminishing the heat when one does not want such a high heat content. Sometimes, a flat iron with a single heat setting, as a result of its simple design, can take a long time to become hot. This can cause the straightening process to take much longer than it needs to. Also, another factor of the simple design may mean that the flat iron does not have an “on” or an “off” switch. This makes it impossible to control whether or not the flat iron is heating up. Flat irons that have an “on” or an “off” switch typically also have a method by which to tell when the flat iron has become hot enough, usually by lighting up. However, without the presence of such a mechanism, one will not know whether or not the flat iron is the right temperature. Another problem with the absence of a switch is that the flat iron will continue to heat up. Therefore, as the flat iron is being used, it will progressively become hotter. This can contribute to an excessive amount of unnecessary damage to the hair. Also, an individual may like the temperature at which the flat iron is at, yet because the flat iron continues to heat, they will become increasingly unsatisfied.

I would recommend a flat iron with a single heat setting to anyone who does not necessarily utilize flat irons on a regular basis, and does not have a preference, one way or the other, for how hot the flat iron becomes. If someone desires a simple device that achieves the desired results, then purchasing a flat iron with a single heat setting is not a bad idea. However, if one does straighten their hair on a regular basis, then they probably have a better idea of the benefits of using different heat settings for different sections of the hair. Nevertheless, they will want a device that possesses these attributes. In the end, much thought needs to be put into the process of finding the right flat iron.

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