How to Straighten Your Hair: Your Basic Guide to Getting Sleek Straight Hair

Find out how you can properly straighten your hair and the products you’ll need to keep it sleek for long!
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Thanks to the availability of flat irons, hair straightening has become so easy and so accessible. In fact, almost every working woman probably has their own iron at home. The process is pretty much as straight to the point as it gets, but it’s also important to know the best way of going about it. This way, you can prevent damage due to the use of a flat iron and other heated styling devices.

Not all flat irons are created equal, though. There are different sizes, and each one works best for a specific hair type. Choose the right size so you can straighten your hair more efficiently.

Infographic of how to straighten your hair
Pick the right size of flat iron for your hair type. Design: Bianca Dodds

Got your flat iron ready? Here’s how to straighten hair at home.

1

Wash and prep hair

First things first, give your hair a nourishing wash using shampoo and conditioner that can help keep moisturize your scalp and strands. After that, pat dry until your hair is half damp. Then, apply hair serum or leave-on cream for additional moisture. Pat dry once again and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your tresses, making it easier to straighten your hair.

2

Blowdry while combing

One easy method of straightening your hair is by using a hairdryer. Using a small brush or comb, gently brush small portions of your hair and blow-dry as you comb your way through the section of the hair. Simply repeat this process all over your hair.

Don’t forget to spritz TRESemme Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray on your hair before blow-drying to keep it protected from the heat. The spray will also help smoothen your hair even more.

3

Clip and iron

Clip around 60 percent of your hair. Then, use your flat iron to straighten one small portion at a time.

4

Iron the rest

Repeat the process until you’ve straightened the rest of your hair. Apply hair serum or leave-on cream once again to add more shine to your mane.

5

Success!

Feel free to experiment with straight hair looks when you want a break from your natural curls. Straightening your hair may be a basic hairstyling trick, but it can give your look a revamp right at your own home. Cool, right? 

1. Glamorously straight hair

Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Straight Glamorously Straight Hair: Asian woman with long black straight hair and wearing black top and skirt in a city park
Flaunt your long and healthy hair by leaving it down. Credit: Hariono Halim

Sleek, sexy, and effortless—this hairstyle can make you look stunning from day ’til night. Nail this look by making sure your hair is shiny and frizz-free.

2. Half up criss-cross

V-shape haircut: Asian woman with long dark hair in half up criss cross hairstyle
Perfect for romantic dates, this half updo will give you just the right amount of glam for the evening. Credit: Hariono Halim

A half up criss-cross hairstyle is perfect when you want to be creative with your hair while still showcasing its pin-straight sleekness. It’s also an elegant hairstyle you can wear when attending cocktail parties, gala nights, and even art gallery openings.

3. Long hair with blunt bangs

How to style blunt bangs for long hair: Asian woman with long dark hair with bangs wearing an orange blouse
Give your long hair some attitude with straight blunt bangs. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Got a fringe? Take your newly learned hairstyling skill in making your blunt bangs on point! Long straight hair and blunt bangs—how’s that for a fierce look?

4. Straight shoulder-length hair

Shoulder length hairstyles: Asian woman with dark straight shoulder length hair
Keep your straight shoulder-length down ‘do frizz-free by applying hair serum or leave-on cream. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Whether it’s blunt or layered, shoulder-length hair won’t look plain and basic when you wear it straight and sleek. Paying more attention to the tips when you iron your hair will also help keep those pesky flyaways at bay.

5. Sleek high ponytail

Sleek tied hair: Asian woman with long black hair in high ponytail wearing a mustard-colored sleeveless dress
This hairstyle spells fierce, sexy, and ready to party! Credit: Natasha Estelle

Let your hair move with you as you dance the night away! By straightening your hair, you can make a simple high ponytail sleek, fierce, and party-ready. Wear a pair of statement earrings to complement your stunning hairstyle.

Hair straightening has become so easy that a lot of women make it a part of their daily routine. Just remember, proper care for your hair becomes even more important. Treat your hair to a weekly deep treatment to keep your strands nourished and well protected from frequent damage. This way, you’ll be starting off with lustrous and shiny hair every day.

Now that you know how to straighten hair, share this tutorial with your friends so all of you can get equipped with this hairstyling technique.

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