Deciding on a flat iron can be more complicated than ever before, because of the expense and different features offered by different companies so you might want to do a little research before your final purchase. One of the most important features to look for before deciding on what model and brand is knowing the quality of the heater or the heating element.
When looking a little closer to flat iron heaters, one of the most advanced are the Integrated Advanced Heating System or IAHS. This technologically advanced system based on a tungsten element embedded inside 6 layered beveled ceramic plates. Placed between the second and third plate, the heating element is more effective by giving faster heating recovery for slightly wet to dry hair. These highly advanced heaters work efficiently, without any heat loss to give quality hair styling results.
Heater strength depends on the appropriated response of the initial flat iron heat up time. No matter what type of heater in embedded, the average heat transfer from the iron to your hair nearly 80 degrees is lost, between each application. Every flat iron with a technologically sound, quality heating element will continuously give good recovery time for optimized heating. The Farouk CHI has a 20 to 25 watt heating element, but most all other medium to top line flat iron models have a 40 to 60 watt heating element. Lower wattage affects holding the set temperature and reheating takes longer.
One of the best heating elements is the PTFC heaters, found in many high quality ceramic flat irons such as FHI Heat. PTFC elements are based on far-infrared heat, essential in ceramic plates that radiate slow and even heating and have an instant reheating feature. The top of the line flat iron brands incorporate this innovative technology to give users the best advantage of technology.
The definition of far-infrared heat is the deep and safe penetration of heat into the core of the hair cortex to seal the cuticle, molding it in any desired style from straight to curls. This is vital in protecting hair strands, helps sealing in hair moisture and lowering hair damage.
Ceramic and Tourmaline heaters have slight differences only while some flat irons are made with both Ceramic and Tourmaline heaters. Ceramic and Tourmaline heaters work to prevent hair damage from regular flat iron usage but Tourmaline enhanced ceramic elements produce 20 times more negative ions than pure ceramic heaters. The tourmaline is crushed into fine powder to be embedded into the ceramic heating elements. Negative ions are essential to counter-act hair’s positive ions, creating smooth, shiny and silky vibrant healthy hair.
When it comes to hair a heater setting that works efficiently, the best heat temperature setting for your hair depends on the thickness and texture of individual hair type. But with extensive research, it has been found out that an optimum setting of 370 degrees works well on most all hair types. If you do have very thick difficult hair or very thin brittle hair, you’re best desired temperature should be set higher or lower than the average 370 degree, setting for the most optimum hair styling results.
Source by Selene Marin