How to Straighten Your Hair 101
I have naturally very curly hair and although I embrace my curls now, there are definitely times where I want a pin straight look. Follow these simple steps to create the same look. I find if you follow these steps, this is going to last much longer and can even look great up to 3 days. It may take some more time initially, but the pay off will be worth it.
1. Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner
Since curly hair is actually very fine, when you straighten it, it can actually end up looking too flat or thin, so you want to make sure you have some good volume to your hair.
Try: Oscar Blandi Instant Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner (this also makes my hair super soft)
2. Use a gloss or shine serum
One of the benefits of straightening your hair is the much more obvious shine your hair is going to give off than when it is in its natural state. To enhance the shine to my hair, I will apply a gloss or shine serum after I have washed my hair. I usually apply a small amount and work this through my hair, then combing through with a big flat square brush.
Try: Fekkai Glossing Cream
3. Apply oil to the ends
I apply some Argan oil to the ends of my hair to make sure they are smooth and to mend the appearance of any split ends. I then brush my hair again while wet with the brush and continue to do this as it is drying. Don't add too much or it can weigh down your hair or look greasy (especially if you've applied some on the roots)
Try: Josie Maran Argan Oil
4. Apply a straightening product & heat protectant
Applying a straightening product can make the job that much easier. I tend to like to brush through my hair and let it air dry and then use a straightener on it. However, you can also blow dry your hair using your brush and blow dryer if you prefer that method. I like to do this at night so I have the extra time to let my hair air dry, thus cutting down on any excess heat on my strands. Be sure to apply a heat protectant as well if your straightening product does not already have it in it so you do not damage your hair.
Try: TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Extra Extra Straight and Living Proof Straight
5. Invest in a good straightener
I went through many cheap straighteners before ponying up the money for a more expensive one. This is going to save you a lot of time and money in the long run. The one I use right now is from Sally's Beauty and it is an Ion Perpetual Stroke which straightens your hair in just one stroke, cutting down on exposure to heat which can be damaging. Otherwise, invest in a good ceramic straightener. My favorite is Bed Head Professional, but these are quite pricey. This will actually cut down on the time it takes to straighten your hair and will result in less heat damage.
6. Take your time
Using alligator hair clips you can find at beauty supply stores, clip your hair into sections and straighten one section at a time. I like to start with the underneath layers that may not get as much attention otherwise if you do not clip the sections out. I take small sections and run them through the straighter and comb through with my brush. You can use the flat side of the brush to help you maneuver the strands if they need another run through. I have found if I am patient and straighten smaller strands at a time, it saves me time in the long run because I won't have to go over any areas or fix anything.
7. Finishing product or style as you like
I would just apply some more of the Living Proof Straight or whatever hairspray of your choice is. If you want to style it further instead of having a pin straight look, I would suggest spraying some texturzier into your hair. You can also spray a volumizer at the roots to give your hair some added volume and create a mini bump if you like. You can also curl the ends or make some loose waves with your straightener or large barrel curling iron. I find once my hair is straight it refuses to curl, so I tend to go more with the pin straight look.
Try: Oscar Blandi Protein Mist or TIGI Catwalk Salt Spray or Michael O'Rourke Rock Your Hair Powder
You may need to touch this up in the morning or the next day, but following these steps you should get a long lasting straightened hair look. You can use a head wrap, a loose pony tail, or a silk pillow case. I would invest in a good dry shampoo such as Batiste or Tigi Rockaholic to extend this look to about the day 3 mark. This will also work as a restyling product and will give your hair some added life and volume. If you just want your hair to smell a little fresher, I will spray some body spray onto my brush and then brush it through my hair. This instantly reinvigorates it. When I follow these steps, I save myself a lot of time in the morning when I'm normally rushing around trying to get ready for work!
Yours in Beauty,