How to Straighten Hair in a Flash

Alyssa François | 25 April 2016

All you need to know before applying heat to your hair.

Sleek and straight hairstyles are sexy and turn heads with their luxurious appeal. However, achieving this look may sound so effortless: Blow-dry, flat iron and voilà, whoop, there it is—hair that’s touchable, manageable, and simply gorgeous. Actually, not so much: Sorry to break it to you, but sometimes the finer things in life require some careful steps. In this case, straight hair starts by washing with a system that leads to a smoother result, helping protecting hair from the process it’s about to go under. We’ve all heard the old saying: Beauty is pain. Well, it’s time to make the way you straighten hair as fuss-free and damage-preventing as much as possible. Read on discover how to get your locks straight the right way:

How To Straighten Hair With Careful Steps

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Straighten hair with our favorite tips. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Step 1: Fight frizz in the shower

To get your best hair yet, and especially a lustrous straight style, it actually begins in the shower. Shoehorn a wash and care system that has smoothing benefits into your hair care routine, especially when you’re in the mood for a straight ’do. You can try TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Infusing Shampoo followed by TRESemmé Keratin Infusing Conditioner. The shampoo is formulated with lower sulfates and gently cleanses to leave hair clean, shiny and manageable. The conditioner is infused with keratin and nourishes each strand to leave hair smooth and sleek with less frizz. Sounds like the perfection magic potion for straight hair! Follow with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Smoothing Serum on damp hair after washing to prevent frizz.

Step 2: Dry and blow-dry

After washing your hair, blot it dry to avoid disturbing or tangling up your strands. Your goal is to have tangle-free hair to allow a breezy blow-dry session. We all love those, right? Prep hair with a heat protectant like TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray to prevent any damaging effects of heat styling, because you’re definitely going under the heat for this hairstyle. With the concentration nozzle facing downwards, blow-dry hair in this direction (blow-drying upward would cause unwanted frizz action). To get rid of any kinks or curls, hold hair taut while blow-drying. Make sure your hair is completely dry before moving onto the next step. “Snap and pop” is the last thing you want to hear; we’re not frying bacon here!

Step 3: Flat iron action

We know, you protected your strands from the heat and now you want to crank up the temperature on your flat-iron, thinking this will get your hair poker straight. Step away from the styling tool and listen to us. Use a heat setting between 300 to 350 degrees only; better safe than sorry. If your hair is on the thicker end of the spectrum, you have permission to take it up just a notch—and we mean it! Avoid going past the maximum temperature provided by your flat iron. Divide your hair into two or four workable sections, depending on hair texture as well. Thicker hair may need to be divided into four or more sections. Begin flat-ironing two-inch subsections of hair per area, using a fine-toothed comb to chase behind the flat iron as you pass it along the hair. The comb helps distribute the heat through the entire section of hair. Continue this method all around, then finish off with the following step.

Step 4: Smoothen and finish your straightened hair

After flat-ironing hair, the next step is to set it with a hairspray and provide your straight strands with a glossy yet non-greasy feeling. Set your hairstyle in place with Suave Professionals Flexible Control Finishing Hairspray. This formula is lightweight and helps keep your style in place. Use a boar bristle brush to evenly distribute product throughout the lengths, and lady, you are ready to take on the day!

Have you tried to straighten hair at home?