We all have woken up with frizzy hair at one time or another. Yes, bad hair days are normal but what if those days fall during the day when you have the most critical business meeting of your life or a big first-date with your long-time crush?
Well, instead of pulling your hair out in a panic (and make the problem a lot bigger), you should know that there is one secret to disguising your frizzy and limp hair—a hair straightener.
Straightening your hair is the easiest and fastest way to solve your hair problems. However, most women get intimated by the idea of straightening their own hair. Well, surprise, surprise! Straightening your hair is not as difficult as it seems, especially with the step-by-step guide (and a few tips) that I have prepared below.
What You Will Need:
Before we start with our tutorial, you need to prepare the following items first:
- Moisturizing and smoothing shampoo and conditioner
- Heat protectant hair product
- Wide-tooth comb
- Hair clips or pins
- Straightening iron of your choice
When it comes to straightening iron, you have two options—ceramic vs. titanium flat irons. Each type has pros and cons. To determine which is the best option for you, you need to consider your hair type.
How to Straighten Hair: The Steps to Follow
Now, are you ready to achieve a healthy, bouncy and straight hair in just a few minutes? Well, what are you waiting for? Just follow the steps provided below:
Step 1: Wash your hair
Of course, you need to get rid of the excess oils in your hair to keep it straight throughout the day. The best way to do that is to wash your hair. Use shampoo (which will get rid of the oils) and conditioner (to keep your hair soft).
Dry your hair with a towel or let it air dry until it is only slightly damp. If you are using a towel, use it to gently squeeze water out of your hair instead of ruffling it through your hair to prevent unwanted frizz.
Pro Tip: If you want to achieve a silky, soft and sleek straight hair, it is recommended that you use smoothing and moisturizing hair products.
Step 2: Apply a heat protectant hair product
While your hair is still slightly damp, apply a heat protectant so you can evenly spread or distribute the product in your hair. For this step, you can use either a heat protecting serum or spray.
Pro Tip: To prevent the product from creating clumps in your hair, run a wide-tooth comb through the strands after applying the product.
Step 3: Blow dry your hair
It is important that you dry your hair thoroughly before you use a flat iron. By doing this, you can protect your hair from breaking due to the being shocked by the heat. The flat iron works better on thoroughly dried hair too.
Set your hair dryer to the lowest heat setting to avoid frizz. Afterward, point the dryer downward, following the flow of your hair as you blow dry it. This will allow your hair to become straight as it dries.
Step 4: Turn on your straightening iron
Plug in your straightening iron and allow it to heat up for about three minutes. It is crucial that you choose the temperature setting of your flat iron based on the following guidelines:
- If you have thin hair, use the lowest possible heat setting.
- If the thickness of your hair is average, use medium heat setting (350 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit).
- If you have thick hair, use a high heat setting (400 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit). I recommend that you start with a lower heat setting in the beginning then work your way up as you straighten different sections of your hair.
Step 5: Divide your hair into smaller sections
When straightening your hair, start with the bottom part. Leave 1 to 2 inches of your hair in the bottom part free.
Using hair clips/ pins/ clamps, separate the remaining part of your hair in different sections. The sections must be one to two inches thick.
Pro Tip: To keep the sections out of the way, pin all hair sections that you would not be straightening yet on the top of your hair and at the back of your head.
Step 6: Start ironing your hair
Let a small, thin part of your free hair rest in between the heated sides of the straightening iron.
Pro Tip: Place the hair straightener as close to the roots of your hair as possible. If you have straight hair, it must be 1 inch away from your scalp. If you have curly hair, place it less than 1 inch away from your scalp.
Clamp the iron (but not too firm to avoid creating ridges at the top part of your hair) then run it down steadily and slowly until you have reached the ends of your hair. Repeat this process two to three times (but note more than that) until you have achieved straight hair.
Pro Tip: Make sure that you don’t hold the iron in a particular part of your hair too long to avoid burning and unwanted folds.
Once you are done straightening that section, move it out of the way. Unclip a new section of your hair. Brush it first before you proceed on straightening that part. Do this until there are no longer clipped sections in your hair.
Pro Tip: For frizz-prone hair, it is recommended that you apply either serum or leave-on spray to each section after straightening it. As much as you can, avoid getting any hair products on the parts of the hair that you haven’t straightened yet as it may cause damage to both your hair and the flat iron.
Step 7: Keep your hair straight throughout the day.
The last step of the entire hair straightening process is to apply hairspray to your straightened hair. This step is done to keep your hair straight the whole day. Moreover, the ingredients of the hairspray can also protect your hair from pollution, weather, dust, and dirt.
Two Flat Iron Tips for Perfectly Straight Hair
Here are a few more other tips that you need to know to keep your hair as straight and healthy as possible:
Prevent limp hair by adding volume to it.
Most people who straighten their hair using flat iron often end up with limp and lifeless hair. This is most especially true for people with thick hair.
To add volume and body to your hair, the best thing that you can do is to dry your hair upside down to lift the roots of your hair.
For more information on how to straighten hair and maintain its volume at the same time, watch this video.
Choose the right size of flat iron.
By choosing the right size of the flat iron, you can maneuver it more efficiently. The right size of flat iron can also decrease the chances of your hair being damaged. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to choose the size of your flat iron:
- If you have short hair, go for a flat iron with plates that are half-inch to one-inch thick.
If you have long hair, go for a flat iron with thicker plates that are one-and-a-half inches to two-inches wide.
Check out the 10 Best Flat Irons on the Market.
There you go, this is the easiest, fastest and most effective way of achieving glorious looking straight locks that every woman dreams of having.
By following this simple guide on how to straighten hair, you can straighten your hair in the healthiest way possible! Now, you can kiss your bad hair days goodbye!
I hope that you enjoyed our short tutorial. If you have some other tips on how to straighten the hair, please share them with us in the comments section.
Source: Beauty Shortcutips