Are Hot Combs Safe for Straightening My Hair? Best Practices

The short answer is yes. Hot combs are safe to use for straightening your hair.

But if you do it once or twice daily for every day, you’re in big trouble.

So, what’s the long answer? You guessed it right. Like any other tool, this one also had side effects if misused.

Let’s learn why hot combs are safe and how to use them safely.

Key Takeaways

  • Hot combs can straighten effectively, but misuse can cause hair damage.
  • Always use the lowest effective temperature setting to reduce harm.
  • Applying a heat protectant before using a hot comb and ensure the hair is dry.

Why Hot Combs Are Safe?

A hot comb can be manual, which needs fire to heat up, or automatic, which uses electricity to heat up. In the early years of the 20th century, people used manual ones.

It was a tool for professional hairstylers only. But it became a choice for almost everyone once the electric hot combs were available.

It works almost like a flat iron. The difference is that flat irons can’t reach the base of your hair. If you have thick and long curly hair, your first iron won’t be as straight as a hot comb.

Like flat irons, you can also control the temperature of a hot comb. There’s even a way to control the temperature manual hot comb too.

Therefore, using a hot comb in the right way is entirely safe.

Let’s see for what hair types [1] a hot comb works best. Please don’t forget to use a heat protectant whenever you plan to use a hot comb or a flat iron.

Is Hot Comb Safe for Thick Hair?

Only people with thick hair know the struggle of managing and straightening their hair.


But things get less complicated when hot comb comes into the picture.

Hot combs are safe for thick hair and a better option for a long-lasting effect.

You can heat the comb with fire or electricity. Better results were achieved using a fire-heated comb over time. But it is recommended not to do this method by yourself.

Let someone else help you. There’s a way to check the stove-heated comb’s temperature. Put the heated comb on a paper towel.

If you see it turning brown, you will consider it too hot for your hair. Cool it down and check again. You’ll use the hot comb when it’s not turning the paper brownish.

Controlling the temperature of an automatic hot comb is a first-grader task. The buttons on the device will tell you what to do.

Set it to a higher temperature setting if you have thicker hair. Don’t touch the comb anywhere other than your hair; you’ll be safe.

Check out this video review:

Is Hot Comb Safe for Thin Hair?

Thin hair takes less effort than thick hair to untangle and straighten.

lady using a Hair Straightening Brush

But it’s more likely to get damaged [2] if you’re not ultra-careful. Hot combs are safe for thin hair if precautions are in place.

Stove-heated combs are unsafe for thin hair because precise temperature control is impossible in this way.

Electric hot combs are safe for thin hair because of their precise temperature-controlling capability.

You’ll get straight hair for the entire day with a lower temperature setting. Practice without powering up the device, and you’ll do it like an expert.

Does It Have Different Effects on Short or Long Hair?

No, the difference is in the thickness of your hair. People say they got better results in straightening long hair using a hot comb. So, you can try and let us know.

Here’s another video to check:


Can I use a hot comb every day?

It’s not advisable to use a hot comb every day as it can lead to heat damage, dryness, and breakage. Limit your use and ensure you’re giving your hair rest days to recover.

How can I prevent my hair from getting damaged while using a hot comb?

Always use a heat protectant before using a hot comb, and make sure your hair is completely dry. Use the lowest effective temperature and avoid passing the comb multiple times over the same section of hair.

What is the right temperature to set my hot comb?

The right temperature depends on your hair type. Fine or damaged hair usually requires lower temperatures, around 300°F, while coarse or thick hair may require temperatures up to 450°F. Always start with the lowest setting and increase gradually if necessary.

Final Words

Although hot combs are generally safe when handled correctly, it is always important to be careful when using hot tools.

The correct use of a hot comb can produce lovely, smooth, and shiny straight hair. 

Refer to some of the pointers above for the best results.


1. What Are the Four Types of Hair? [Internet]. MedicineNet. Available from:

2. How to Repair Damaged Hair: Common Causes and Treatments [Internet]. Healthline. 2018. Available from:

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