3 Flat Iron Tips

Published by: Andrew Carruthers
Apr 02, 2019
People love the polish of flat ironing, but sometimes it can create hair that doesn’t want to move, hence the term “broomstick ends.”  Andrew Carruthers, Education Director for Sam Villa, suggests using diagonal sections, a low and slow pass and a slight bevel for polished hair that is shiny and bouncy.

Diagonal Sections
Using diagonal sections helps to create a very polished finish while maintaining movement in the hair. Horizontal sections create flat sheets that lay over each other, where as diagonal sections (especially with a bevel) create sheets that fall on a diagonal so they move much better.

Low and Slow Pass
Low temperature with a slow pass or high temperature with a fast pass? Low and slow will produce more even results because it allows the heat to distribute more thoroughly throughout the section. 

Beveling
To avoid broomstick ends or a deflated look, create a slight bevel through the hair with the Sam Villa Signature Series Sleekr Professional Straightening Iron.  Comb through hair and insert comb at the top of the section and trail it with the iron closed while creating a “C” shape through the midstrand straight through the ends.  This slightly bevels the hair and closes the cuticle creating nice movement with polished ends. 
Photography: Courtesy of Sam Villa
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Andrew Carruthers
Director of Education for Sam Villa

Andrew Carruthers’ career as a hairdresser has been extremelydiverse.  Fueled by over 17 years of fulltime work in a salon, his experience also includes salon ownership,photographic work, as well as personal and professional coaching. As an educator, Andrew has worked for many national cosmetologybrands and is currently the Education Director for Sam Villa®, abrand that provides a wide variety of both online and live education.  From small hands-on classes to large stages, hislove for supporting others personal growth and sharing his discoveries has beena passion since the early days of his career. Primarily focusing on women’s and men’s haircutting and finishing, hisapproach to education is all about connecting with the everyday hairdresser andoffering them the tools necessary to build a fulfilling and long-lasting career. "I'm not trying to impress the top 5% with what I do, I’mthinking about how I can serve the 95% of our industry that works at XYZ BeautySalon to make every day stronger in their career.”