Natural curls and waves are great, and there are a bunch of reasons to love your natural hair, no matter its type. But there are days when you just want your hair to behave and look polished. After all, great as they are, curly and wavy hair types are prone to getting frizzy because of the humidity in our country. And when your hair becomes messy instead of messy-chic, straightening it seems to be the only solution. If you don’t want to straighten your hair permanently (so no rebonding for you), here are some natural hair straightener hacks that you can do at home.
5 Natural Hair Straightener Hacks
1. Straighten it using a flat iron
A flat iron can be your best friend if you’re fond of sleek and smooth hairstyles. To use this natural hair straightener effectively, divide your hair into sections using clips. Then, iron your hair one section at a time. Just make sure you have dried your hair before ironing it. Hair is at its most vulnerable when wet, so you might cause some serious damage to your tresses when you straighten your wet strands. And don’t forget to spritz heat protectant on your hair to prevent heat damage.
Editor’s tip: Spritz TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray to protect your hair from straightening iron heat. This spray also helps smooth out frizz, so you get a sleeker hairstyle.
2. Use a blow dryer to straighten your hair
To straighten your wavy hair or make it look smoother, clip the rest of your hair and blow dry a section that’s the same width as your blow brush. Hold the nozzle on top of your hair, while you position your blow brush underneath. Then, move the blow dryer and blow brush downward at the same time. Repeat until your wavy hair looks smooth and straight before you work on the sections of your hair.
Editor’s Tip: Nail a smooth hairstyle by applying TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops on your hair after blow-drying.
3. Pat dry with a soft but ultra-absorbent towel
You may not even be aware of it but even the kind of towel you use to dry your hair can affect how your hair ends up looking once it’s dry. To prevent damage and frizz, we recommend using a soft ultra-absorbent towel to gently wick the moisture out from your hair. You can also use an old t-shirt—its smooth fabric won’t damage your hair.
Editor’s tip: Apply a drop of Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream on your half-damp or dry hair to help make it smoother. Feel free to reapply it in the middle of the day to keep your hair nourished and frizz-free.
4. Skip a hair wash
If you have wavy and frizzy hair that prevents you from getting the silky smooth and straight hair that you want, then you may want to skip washing your hair every single day. This is to allow your scalp’s natural oil—which acts as a natural hair straightener—to flow through your strands. This helps keep your hair nourished on its own while controlling the frizz.
Editor’s Tip: If you feel uncomfortable not washing your hair every single day, use TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo to refresh your hair and remove dirt in between washes.
5. Use moisturizing hair products
From the shampoo and conditioner you use down to the styling products that you apply on a daily and weekly basis, it’s important to make sure that their formulas contribute to making your hair more manageable. Go for those that prevent dryness and frizz and those that add more moisture to the strands.
Editor’s Tip: Add TRESemme Keratin Smooth Treatment Mask to your weekly hair care routine to help condition and refine your hair from the root down to the tips.
A little effort can go a long way, and even simple tricks can give you the hair of your dreams! These natural hair straightener tips can definitely help you get straight hair without having to go to the salon.