How to Straighten Your Hair for Romantic Dates

Slay your V-Day look with sleek and straight hair. Here's how to achieve it in five easy steps.

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How to straighten hair: Asian woman with straight dark hair smiling



Hair Types

Knowing how to straighten your hair is a useful skill, especially when you’re getting ready for a special occasion. Valentine’s Day is almost here, and while romantic braids and half updos are often the go-to hairstyles for dates, you might want to choose something minimalist but sexy. Whether you’re going to a fancy restaurant, sipping cocktails at a bar, or having a picnic under the stars, you won’t go wrong with pin-straight hair.

Thanks to the availability of flat irons, hair straightening has become so easy and so accessible. The process is also pretty much as straight to the point as it gets, but it’s 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.

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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.

How to Straighten Your Hair in 5 Easy Steps


Prep your hair.

First things first, give your hair a nourishing wash using a shampoo and a conditioner that can help moisturize your 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.

Asian woman applying serum on her dark curly hair smiling

To keep your hair smooth, we recommend using TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo. It has KERA10 Protein Complex, which penetrates your hair up to 10 layers deep for nourishment. Aside from making your hair smooth, it calms frizz, makes your hair soft and shiny, tames flyaways, provides heat protection, and strengthens your hair—just a few of the 10 salon benefits you can get from it in one wash!

Bottle of TRESemme Keratin Smooth KERA10 Shampoo

Don’t forget to follow it with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner. Aside from KERA10 Protein Complex, this conditioner also has oleo serum which is known to deeply moisturize and nourish hair.

Bottle of TRESEMME Keratin SMooth KERA10 Serum Conditioner

Blow-dry 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.

Asian woman blowdrying her dark curls and smiling

Bring out your flat iron.

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

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

Iron the rest

Repeat the process until you’ve straightened the rest of your hair. Apply hair serum to your hair for added shine.

Asian woman wearing a white top straightening her dark hair

Looking for a hair serum to add to your styling essentials? We recommend TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum. It has keratin and marula oil, and these help in calming frizz, detangling knots, adding shine, making your hair soft, and taming flyaways.

Bottle of TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum


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 in your own home. Cool, right? 

Asian woman with long black straight locks wearing a white top

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.

Bottle of Dove Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Straight & Silky Shampoo

Editor’s tip: To fight dryness and frizz, try Dove Straight & Silky Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo. Its formula consists of keratin, fiber actives, and serum ingredients that instantly repair damage, deeply nourish and protect your hair, and leave it extra beautiful. This shampoo also has Amino Essence that boosts the health of your hair and deeply nourishes up to the core of your hair fibers. 

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 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 says, “I’m fierce, I’m sexy, and I’m ready to party!” Credit: Natasha Estelle

Let your hair move with you as you dance the night away! By straightening your hair, you elevate a simple high ponytail and make it a head-turning ‘do. Wear a pair of statement earrings to complement your stunning hairstyle.

Bottle of Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Ultra Conditioner

Editor’s tip: Tight hairstyles and frequent use of heat-styling tools can make your hair brittle and prone to breakage. Strengthen your hair by using Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Hair Fall Defiance Ultra Conditioner. It has revolutionary fiber actives that work up to a cellular level to fortify your strands and prevent breakage and hair fall. 

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 smoothing 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.