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TYME Iron Pro Do's and Don'ts

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The TYME Iron Pro is a shift toward a more efficient styling process. We use the Pro differently than one might use a straightener, because…well… it's different. The TYME Iron Pro has straightener-style plates that meet on an angle. This angle of the TYME Iron gives each user more control of the outcome of each of their curls. Because we know that it functions differently, we’ve compiled a complete list for every type* of learner, including this list of Do's and Don’ts.

Do's

✅ THUMB BEHIND THE LIGHT
This is our #1, must-do rule. Having your thumb behind the light is a clear way to know you’re holding the iron correctly.

✅ KNOW THE STRAIGHTENING VS CURLING SIDE
There are two long edges of the TYME Iron Pro. One has a little lip that covers the plates, this is the curling side. The other has exposed plates and is the straightening side. Whichever style you’re going for is the side of the iron that should go closest to your roots.

✅ ROTATE YOUR KNUCKLES AWAY FROM YOU
To create a traditional curl that rotates away from your face, you have to create that same motion with your knuckles, kind of like "vrooming" a motorcycle. With your thumb behind the light, the curved edge closest to your roots, simply rotate your knuckles away from your face and glide the iron through the length of your hair.

Pro-Tip: The amount you rotate away from your face will change your style of curl. A slight rotation will produce a lived-in, beachy curl, while a big rotation will create bigger, voluminous curls.

* If you want to curl toward your face, here is a tutorial straight from our CEO, Jacynda Smith.

✅ LEARN THE BEST TEMPERATURE FOR YOUR HAIR TYPE
The temperature you use on your hair has a huge effect on how long your curls last. We designed the TYME Iron Pro with titanium plates for a faster heat transfer that makes your curls LAST. Giving you the opportunity to limit your hair’s heat exposure over time. We broke down the five different temperatures of the TYME Iron Pro to give you a head start.

  • 300°: Great for fine and naturally straight hair. Perfect for doing day two or three touch-ups.
  • 325°: Great for fine to a medium thickness of hair. Ideally used on straight or slightly wavy hair.
  • 350°: Great for medium and wavy hair.
  • 375°: Great for medium-thick curly hair.
  • 400°: Great for thick, dense curls.

✅ PROTECT YOUR HAIR
No matter your hair type or the heat style you’re going for, always, always, always prepare your hair with a strong thermal protectant.

✅ TWIST YOUR CURL INTO PLACE
Your stylist does it at the salon to make your curls last and you should, too! Quickly after curling your section of hair rotate the freshly heated piece away from your face to set it in place. If you need a visual example, we’ve got you covered.

Don’ts

❌ IGNORE WHICH SIDE OF THE IRON YOU’RE PUTTING CLOSEST TO YOUR HEAD
Using the wrong side of the iron to style can make for a poor experience with the TYME Iron Pro. If you need an extra hand learning the structure and proper usage of the Pro, we suggest starting here.

❌ OVER ROTATE THE IRON
While the TYME Iron Pro may look similar to a straightener, a massive difference is the amount of rotation you need. A simple flick of the wrist is it. That’s all! Once your hair is placed between the plates, rotate your knuckles away from your face and that is all the rotation you need.

❌ PUT TOO MUCH HEAT ON YOUR HAIR
If you’re prepping your hair properly, styling at a temperature that matches your hair type, and ending your style with hair spray, your TYME Iron Pro curls should last you for days.

HOWEVER, we’ve all been in that place where “that one curl just won’t sit right.” Our suggestion is to style your entire head of hair before judging the overall look and making any touch-ups. You can also turn your iron temperature down during touch-ups since those pieces have already been smoothed!

❌ PUT TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON THE PLATES
With traditional straighteners, the outcome of your style depends on the amount of pressure you’re applying to your hair. The TYME Iron Pro works differently. The angle lets the plates meet similar to the way scissors meet. You don’t have to close scissors all the way to get a cut, and that same theory applies to the TYME Iron Pro.

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