Everything You Need to Know About Maxiglide...and More!
This entry was posted on December 14, 2007.
If you are an avid "Maxiglider" or are looking to become a new found fan of the Maxiglide Hair Straightener check out these Q&A's from Maxius Beauty. At StyleBell we love to share what we find with you so you can make the most informed decisions....
How can I tell if the Maxiglide is on? When your Maxiglide is on the blue light at the base of the unit will begin flashing until it has heated up completely and the light will stay blue. Turn your Maxiglide on by using the temperature dial at the bottom of the unit near the base of the power cord.
How do I clean my Maxiglide? You can remove the plates by pushing in the two buttons on either side of the unit and sliding the plates off. Never immerse your Maxiglide into water — you must remove the plates to clean them. Use a soft cloth or toothbrush and dish soap to gently remove the build up on the plates. completely dry them before they are put back on your Maxiglide.
Can I use Maxiglide on wet hair? Virtually any flat iron can be used on wet hair, including Maxiglide because water evaporates at 100 degrees, and practically all irons get hotter than that. But we really don’t recommend it at all. If you are looking for a flat iron that works on damp hair – check out our wet-to-dry flat iron section, that would be a better choice for you.
Why you shouldn’t use Maxiglide on wet hair: According to Maxius Beauty, when the hair is wet, it has more elasticity, like a rubber band. When you use a hot iron not designed for use on wet hair, you are stretching the hair and drying it. It is a little like ironing a wet wool sweater…it gets stretched and big. As you are stretching the hair it actually gets thinner and weaker – just like a rubber band. Most importantly, if you start with wet hair, what would you do about the hair close to your scalp? Umm… let it stay wet? No. Face it, Maxiglide has over 25 years of styling experience and over 6 years of development, if they say it works best on dry hair, it does.
Can you use the Maxiglide on wet hair or does it need to be completely dry? Hair should be dry, dry, dry. Read why you shouldn’t use a Maxiglide on wet hair above, I think they really nailed the answer.
Will the Maxiglide work on all hair types? Although no product has ever worked 100% on all users, it is extremely rare that a customer will say the Maxiglide did not work for them. If you follow the instructional DVD and styling tips we are extremely confident that Maxiglide will work for you. Please note; we do not recommend use on very damaged or fragile hair, and we always recommend using a thermal protectant before using any heat styling appliance. Try Beyond Straight (pictured left), it helps straighten and protect your hair from the heat - double bonus points!
Can I use Maxiglide on ethnic hair? You can definitely use the Maxiglide on ethnic hair. We recommend using it on dry hair along with a thermal protectant to lightly coat your hair before you start styling. The thermal protectant along with the ceramic iron will close the cuticle therefore helping hair stay soft and straight and not frizz in humid temperatures.
My hair is very thick and frizzy, will Maxiglide work for me? To use the Maxiglide if your hair is especially frizzy, dry, brittle or stubborn, first, without applying a lot of pressure, barely close the iron and quickly go over the frizzy, brittle part of the hair which is usually the last 3-7 inches before the ends, with 1 or 2 bursts of steam. (This will soften the hair, much like you would iron out a tough wrinkle in a shirt). Then go over the entire section from the roots to the ends WITHOUT THE STEAM. Please note I really do not recommend the use of any heat styling appliance on very damaged, fragile hair, and I would always use a flat iron with a thermal heat protectant, for added protection.
Is Maxiglide safe to use everyday? I normally recommend using a Maxiglide once or twice a week. But then again that’s what everyone recommends for all flat irons. We know we all use them all the time! If you really want to use it more often than once a week, just make sure you deep condition your hair before you use it. You must also use a thermal protection product to keep your hair safe from the excessive heat and to keep your hair healthy and in optimal condition. If you’re going to use any heat styling appliance that frequently, just protect your hair and you should be A-OK.
What temperature does the Maxiglide reach? At the highest heat setting it reaches 430 degrees. We don’t suggest the hottest setting for everyone; please see Maxiglide Styling Tips to find the setting that is right for you.
What is the difference between Maxiglide and other hair straightening flat irons? Basically all the ceramic irons are the same, there is a heating element and there is a ceramic plate — but that is where the similarity stops. There is very little in common between multi-patented Maxiglide and other ceramic irons. Maxiglide is the only product in the world that detangles, smoothes, hydrates, and straightens the hair in one step and one tool, guaranteed by Maxius Beauty.
Is the water compartment only for water? YES it is only for water, agua, H2O….Maxius Beauty recommends using distilled or bottled water and avoid using tap water. This will lengthen the lifetime of your Maxiglide. Who knew?
I seem to see some hair breakage, how do I keep this from happening? If you use it correctly, Maxiglide does not break the hair any more than brushing or combing does. However, when using Maxiglide, you have to remember not to use any pressure by squeezing the plates together. When using flat plates, including the Maxiglide bonus flat plate, you can use light to medium pressure. But you should never put pressure on the handle when you use the plate with the pins. There is no need to squeeze. The detangling pins glide through and straighten the hair without pressure. Also, you need to be sure that what you are experiencing is real "breakage" of hair. As you know we naturally lose between 50 to 100 hairs a day. When using the ordinary irons, you must first brush the hair over and over to smooth the hair, before using the iron - otherwise you just flatten the frizz! In the process, a lot of weakened hairs that are ready to fall out get trapped on the brush. Yea, we've seen that. Every day I see that - whew - it's nice to know it's a normal process.
When using Maxiglide, since you don't start by brushing the hair over and over, some of the hairs that are ready to fall out will show up on the Maxiglide. You can distinguish the hair that has fallen from the roots, versus the broken hair, by checking the ends of the hair, looking for the little bulb at the end where it was set in the scalp. These hairs are part of the natural shedding process. You can always try a leave in, or rinse out deep conditioning treatment to help reduce breakage. Check out: Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment, Bain De Terre Recovery Complex Smoothing Cream, Davines Rest Deep Restructuring Serum, ResQ Deep Conditioning Treatment (pictured).
I am experiencing a lot of static with my hair, can Maxiglide fix that? Yes, we suggest using a thermal straightening lotion, a leave in conditioner, a frizz-fighting serum…we have ons of products to help you in this department. If you want to eliminate static, just check out these sections: Thermal Protection and Styling Products to find a static eliminator that works best for you.
I see a lot of hair from the detangling pins. Is this normal, or should I freak out? Yes it's normal. Everyone loses between 50 - 100 hairs a day, and about the same amount will grow back…thankfully! Hair normally is lost during washing, combing and brushing, etc. Since curly/wavy hair (unlike straight hair) does not get combed out everyday or on a regular basis, when you do comb or brush your hair, it seems like you are losing a lot of hair, but in fact, it is the total of one day or any number of days that the hair has not been brushed. When using Maxiglide with the pins, you are also brushing and detangling the hair too. Therefore the hair that is scheduled to fall out will be on your Maxiglide…not the bathroom floor.
Does the Maxiglide help hair stay frizz-free in humid temperatures? Yes, all ceramic irons including Maxiglide close the cuticle therefore helping hair not to frizz in humid temperature. But if you use a smoothing balm or serum along with it as you style, your hair will stay frizz free much longer then with just the iron alone. Check out these fab frizz-fighters: GHD Smoothing Balm, Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream, Joico K-PAK Smoothing Balm, Pureology ShineMax Shining Smoother, The End Shine Enhancer.
Is Maxiglide 100% ceramic or is it ceramic coated, and really, what’s the difference? Maxiglide, as with many other ceramic irons, is ceramic coated on high grade aluminum, which, according to Maxius Beauty, is the best combination possible, even better than all ceramic. Why? After almost six and half years of research and development to create the Maxiglide, the engineers and researchers concluded that ceramic/aluminum technology is the best combination. One reason is that they found it to be nearly impossible to polish the edges of the all ceramic plates because it is a very hard and dense material…Maxius Beauty wanted the smoothest and softest surface to contact the hair on the top and the edges of the plates. After traveling the world and attending many industry events, no one at Maxius Beauty found one “all ceramic flat iron” that had a nice, smooth and polished edge. That's why the Maxiglide (and most of the irons on the market, professional or not) use a ceramic/aluminum combination. It’s better for the hair because of the soft, smooth surface. With the ceramic layer on top of the highly polished aluminum, Maxiglide achieves the smoothest surface especially on the edges. So, when you turn the iron to create a flip, your hair will glide on the plate, rather than possibly breaking. Ceramic is a soft surface to touch the hair, with aluminum/ceramic you get the great heat conductivity of the aluminum underneath the soft, smoothness of the ceramic, the best of both worlds, and your hair only comes in contact with the ceramic.
I noticed some of the coating coming off of the ceramic pins on my Maxiglide; can this be harmful to the hair? Not at all. This does not affect your hair or the performance of your Maxiglide; it’s just normal wear and tear over time. It also could be styling product build-up you see coming off, and not the ceramic coating…. Have you ever cleaned your Maxiglide? See above for tips on that.
I am traveling internationally; will Maxiglide switch voltages from 120V to 220V automatically? The Miniglide is dual voltage but the Maxiglide is not, but we hear that a 220V Maxiglide might be available in the near future…stay tuned.
How come the Miniglide doesn't have the steam? What's the deal? Good question! We asked our friends at Maxius Beauty and the answer is a smart one. The Miniglide does not contain the Steam Burst System found on the Maxiglide because the Miniglide is meant for shorter hair that is much closer to the scalp. A big hot burst of steam near your scalp? No thanks! Good thinking Miniglide.
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