Curly hair is so versatile, and that is why we love it so much. However, you may be looking to change it up. For curly girls, straightening our hair does not always work so well. Usually, we’re left with frizz at the roots and a bushy finish. But, this might just mean you need to learn a different or more effective way to straighten your natural hair–one that will give you a salon sleek finish without spending crazy amounts of money.

Going from currently rocking a curly mane to temporarily bone straight locks is totally doable. Still, it is essential to follow a certain technique to perfect this look. Learning the tips and steps correctly will provide you with a sleek, glossy finish every time you straighten your hair.

If your interested in more articles on curly hair, check out Transitioning Curly Hair Without Losing Inches.

So, we are here to tell you everything you need to know to go from your curls to pin straight hair. We will present you with tips and tricks to do before, during, and after straightening process. Without further ado, here are the steps to accomplish a bone straight look for naturally curly hair.


Protect Your Curls

Before even thinking about straightening your hair, it is important to prepare your curls. About a week before straightening, use a protein treatment or add coconut oil to your curls to strengthen the strands.

If you prepare your curls, the damage from the flat iron won’t be as extreme.

The protein treatment will minimize heat exposure and any resulting hair damage.

Wash Your Hair

Most of us are not aware how much your shampoo and conditioner contribute to the state of your hair. To make sure you are caring for your curls, prepare your curls before straightening by using a frizz fighting shampoo. It is also important to use a moisturizing conditioner–or even a deep conditioner–to keep your hair both manageable and soft while straight.

Quick Tip: Remember to use a T-shirt instead of a towel to dry your hair to prevent it from drying out too much.

Prepare To Straighten

First, you want to separate your hair into four different sections. Having these sections will make it easier to straighten your hair, and also get more coverage while you blow dry. After you have separated your hair, apply a dime sized amount of moisturizing oil in each section.

It is also important to try and add some oil on your scalp. Some good moisturizing oils include olive oil, coconut oil, or castor oil. Make sure to apply the oil while your hair is still wet, and let it sit in your hair while you gently de-tangle each section with your fingers. Using oil will also prepare your curls for blow drying; you will not have any knots that might get snatched out.

Quick Tip: Some people put a bit of leave-in conditioner of the tips of their fingers while de-tangling. If you choose too do so, apply very little to avoid weighing your hair down.

Blow Dry

Before you blow dry your hair, it is important to apply a heat protector first. After all, blow drying and using a flat iron on your hair in the same day is a lot of heat exposure. If you don’t apply any heat protector, you will definitely suffer more heat damage.

To get a good blow dry, take one of your four sections and split your hair into two parts. Then, pin the section out of the way, and put your blow dryer on medium to low heat. Use the comb attachment on the blow dryer and attempt to dry while moving your hair upward. This will help to straighten your hair and control any frizz. Once this section is completely dry, move on to the other section of your hair. Repeat these steps until all of your hair is dry. But, keep your hair separated for flat ironing.

Do not worry if your hair is not perfectly straight, you still have to flat iron.

Quick tip: Invest in scrunchies and hair clips if you don’t already have them. They will help with sectioning and reduce hair loss. Also, if you do not have comb attachment for your blow dryer, use a paddle brush and aim blow dryer down onto the root of your hair to ensure dried roots.

Flat Iron

The flat iron is the main event of the straightening process. Make sure your flat iron is set at low or medium heat. If your flat iron has temperatures, make sure that you keep it under 365 degrees. As mentioned, your hair should still be sectioned into four pieces.

Then, take each part of your hair and use a fine toothed comb to put your hair into even finer sections. Then, place the straightener right above the comb. You can use both your hands to bring both tools down through the strands of your hair. Continue to do this until the whole section is complete, and then repeat the process until all sections of your are hair straightened.

Quick Tip: Make sure the sections being flat ironed are not too thick. Try to only pass the flat iron over a single chunk of hair (no more than twice) to reduce the amount of heat damage.

Lock Straight Hair In Place

Now that you have your gorgeous straight hair, you probably want to keep it in place. You can use any sort of hairspray to keep your strands in place. After all that work, you do not want to walk out of the house and have the wind ruin it. Once you have your hairspray, hold it about a foot away from your head, and move your arm in a circular motion. You should be sweeping across your hair to evenly distribute the product.

Quick Tip: Do not go overboard. The more hair spray you use, the harder your hair becomes. You do not want stiff, crunchy hair, and too much hairspray will weigh your hair down.

Aftercare

Believe it or not, keeping your hair straight is actually pretty simple. Try to not go over board when styling it; the more you touch your hair, the more the strands will frizz and resort back to their natural state. Also, try to avoid getting your hair too wet. If you follow these steps, your hair should be straight for a while.

When you go to bed, it is a great idea to invest in a satin pillow case or even a silk scarf to keep your straight hair from frizzing. These products also help with the aftercare process, because you do not have to tie your hair up for bed.

Quick Tip: To maximize the look, try using dry shampoo to avoid an extra wash day. Dry shampoo absorbs excess oils and adds volume to straight hair.


Of course, not all curly textures are the same. Knowing your hair type is always an important factor when doing your hair. Someone who has wavy hair (compared to someone with coily hair) may have a much easier time straightening their hair, as it is already so close to being straight. But, do not worry. Every curly girl can get their hair straight with this advice. The method above guarantees satisfactory results, and, you’re keeping more money in your pocket. We hope this article helps you on days you want straight hair, but never feel like you have to hide your natural beauty. Curly hair is gorgeous hair, and your natural hair makes you unique.


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