Tutorial: How to Blow-Dry Hair from Curly to Straight in 2 Ways

Go from curly to straight in a flash.


Curly hair is one of the most coveted hair types, but so is sleek, straight hair. The beauty of curly hair, though, is you can actually wear both styles. The challenge is going from curly to straight requires a little more skill. When you are looking to switch-up your curly hair a blowout hairstyle is the best way to go from curly to straight.  The trick is to give yourself enough time as you go section-by-section to straighten out your locks (some curly heads can take up to an hour to straighten!).

The intricate nature of this hair type also means you may be prone to more frizz or flyaways during this process, however with the right hair care products and blow-drying technique you’ll be able to create slick, straight hair that’s bound to turn heads. Great for special occasions, work or when you get bored with your look, we are sure you will love trying out straight hair every now and again. Read on how to learn how to blow-dry hair where you go from curly to straight in a flash.


Work in sections.

Start with clean, dry hair. If you have to refresh your locks, use some dry shampoo like Bed Head by TIGI Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo. Then, prep your hair with a heat protectant to protect your strands from the powerful heat of the blowdryer. We like using TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray that is designed to resist heat to help prevent moisture loss, while keeping your hair smooth. Section off your hair into small and workable areas (around six to eight sections is ideal). Hold your hair back with some clips.




Use a round brush.

The key to scoring a blowout on curly hair is to have the right tools. You’ll need a medium-size round brush that you wrap around your hair towards the crown. Use the blowdryer with your other hand as you release the heat and then roll the brush down towards the tips of your hair. Repeat in each section until you achieve the desired straightness.


Repeat the blow-dry process.

Repeat the brushing upward and blowdrying process throughout your entire head. For areas that are frizzier than others, you may need to apply more heat than on others.


Finished look!

You did it! You created a fun new style for your curly hair that will last until your next wash. Blowdrying your hair can make your locks very dry and frizzy. Be sure to use some hair serum for a smooth finish! Try the Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Creme Serum whose formula works to nourish your hair as it tames flyaways and frizz. Bonus: It’ll define your curls when you want to rock your natural curlicues.


Apply straightening cream.

This will help protect against heat and keep hair straighter for longer between washes. Our current fave is Bed Head by TIGI Straighten Out Straightening Cream.


Section hair.

Create a half-up section of hair from ear to ear. Clamp up the top section.


Begin drying.

Starting with the bottom-most layer, use a round brush to dry hair by tugging and rolling downwards, in short bursts. Hair hack: ensure that your nozzle lays in the same direction as your brush for wider, more even drying.



Continue with this process, section by section, until your whole head is dry. Hair hack: when drying the crown, hair can be overdirected upwards and sideways to create more volume.



Set the style with some frizz-fighting hairspray, like Suave Professionals Luxe Style Infusion Anti-Humidity Hairspray.



Your straight style is complete!

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