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

All Things Hair Team | 02 September 2019
How to straighten hair: Asian woman with straight dark hair smiling
10 minutes Style Easy

Find out how you can properly straighten your hair plus the products you’ll need to keep it sleek for long!

Thanks to the availability of flat irons, hair straightening has become so easy and so accessible. In fact, almost every working woman would probably have 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, your hair stays healthy and would have minimal damage due to the use of a flat iron and other heated styling devices. Ready? Learn simple ways on how to straighten hair and get ready to say hello to a sleek ‘do!

Basic Steps on How to Straighten Hair

Asian woman applying serum on her dark curly hair smiling

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 TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops to prep your hair. Pat dry once again and use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your tresses, making it easier to go about straightening your hair.

Asian woman blowdrying her dark curls and smiling

Blowdry while combing

One easy method of straightening your hair is by using a hair dryer. Using a small brush or comb, gently brush small portions of your hair and blowdry 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.

Asian woman wearing a white top using a flat iron on her curls

Clip and iron

If using the blow dryer is not up your alley, then you can simply use a flat iron. To start, clip around 60% of your hair and use the flat iron to straighten one small portion at a time.

Asian woman wearing a white top straightening her dark hair

Iron the rest

Repeat the process until you’ve managed to go through the rest of your hair. Apply hair serum once again to add more polish and shine to your mane.

Asian woman with long black straight locks wearing a white top


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? 

Straight Hairstyles to Try

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 get equipped with this hairstyling technique.

Next read: Now that you know how to straighten hair, it’s going to be easier for you to create sleek hairstyles. Check out these sleek tied hair ideas for when you want to look extra polished. 


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