5 Straightening Treatments for Natural Hair

Miriam Herst | 25 January 2017

Get in on one of this year’s biggest trends.

Straightening treatments for natural hair have become more popular lately. Sleek and streamlined strands have been spotted on the runway, on the streets and on the glossy pages of our favorite magazines. If you’re wondering what your options are when it comes to straightening treatments for natural hair then you’re not alone. We’ve rounded up five of the most popular treatments and a few tips on how to make them work for you.

Straightening Treatments for Natural Hair

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Silky smooth strands are easily achievable with these treatment options.

1. Protein Treatment

Protein is known to soften strands while amping up the volume of your hair at the same time. A protein treatment is applied in one of two ways. Some treatments are applied as a spray treatment, are allowed fifteen minutes to soak, and yield soft and silky results. Others require heat activation and some time spent under the dryer. One of the plus sides of opting for a protein treatment is that protein is known to strengthen hair, prevent split ends and repair damaged hair. If this isn’t your first round of attempting to straighten your hair, chances are your strands could use a little love.

2. Steaming

Steaming is a salon-based treatment that takes around 30 minutes to complete. Your stylist will apply a deep conditioner (like the Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask) and will then steam your hair. We don’t suggest steaming more than once a week as it can cause your hair to become weak and brittle.

3. Flat Iron

It’s a classic for a reason. Wash your hair with a moisturizing duo like the Nexxus New York Salon Care Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo and the Nexxus New York Salon Care Hydra-Light Step Weightless Moisture Conditioner and let your hair air-dry. We’re aiming to inflict minimal damage while creating this style so leave the blow dryer under your bathroom sink for today. Protect your hair by using some of the TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray and straighten your hair from the roots to the ends.

4. Keratin Treatment

This is well-known and very effective method of permanent hair straightening. Your stylist will apply a keratin protein formula to your strands and use a straightening iron to straighten your hair. There are very specific rules for how to care for your hair post-Keratin treatment so make sure to be cautious to not undo the treatment.

5. Relaxed Hair

Relaxing your hair will permanently take the curls out of the hair that undergoes this treatment. A caustic chemical is applied and the hair is straightened to reshape your strands. A follow up neutralizing formula is then applied to secure the new texture of your hair in place. It’s extremely important to take special care of relaxed hair as it will be more prone to breakage and dryness.

Looking for more straightening treatments for natural hair? Read up on why keratin hair straightening treatments are worth the splurge.