These days, it’s perfectly okay—encouraged, even—to embrace your natural-born texture. We’re super excited about natural hairstyles having a major of-the-moment boom right now, and we’re eager to carry that enthusiasm over to the other camp with this following tutorial on how to straighten hair.
Straight hair will always be a timeless, seasonless classic—not to mention all-occasion appropriate and, let’s face it, kind of a foolproof, “get it and forget about it” look. And since a lot of women can still use some step-by-step direction around straightening locks and getting salon-worthy results via a flat iron (I know I do!), we are all about finding out how to get straight hair in the easiest, most efficient way.
Think we’re exaggerating? Just try to remember a world where frizzy, unmanageable hair is no longer a reality, or when bad hair days are obsolete. Yeah, this understated skill is definitely a gamechanger, especially during weekday mornings, rainy days or crucial last-minute, can’t-mess-this-up moments.
So whether you’re looking to learn how to straighten curly hair, or need to know how to keep your hair straight from the get-go (both equally vital points to consider!), we’ve got you covered. Scroll on:
Tutorial: How to Straighten Your Hair with a Flat Iron
Start with clean, freshly washed hair.
Hairstyles for straight hair are usually the quickest to go limp or show greasiness and buildup, so it’s best to start with clean, washed hair from the get-go. Wash hair with a moisturizing system, like Suave Professionals Avocado+Olive Oil Smoothing Shampoo and Suave Professionals Avocado+Olive Oil Smoothing Conditioner, to help nourish your strands and provide smoothness. Rinse well and towel-dry.
Apply a heat protectant.
Spritz on a thermal protectant, like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protect Spray, to protect your hair from heat damage during styling, as well as give it some pre-styling slip.
Using a wide-toothed comb or gentle brush strokes, brush hair to remove any knots and ensure product is spread evenly throughout.
Section your hair.
Divide your hair into sections, pinning up the upper half of your hair with duckbill clips.
Using a round brush, blow-dry hair section by section until all your strands are around 90% dry.
Starting with your lower side sections, run a flat iron evenly through—start as close to the root as you can comfortably get, and tug down gently. When learning how to straighten hair, it’s important to be careful when clamping and re-clamping the iron; doing this incorrectly might create a bend or crimp. It’s best to do this in one fluid motion, and resist the urge to linger in one spot.
Tug the ends through.
Be careful with straightening your ends, as they can get caught in the seam of the plates. Guide the tips your free hand.
Repeat on the other side.
Straighten your opposite side, and repeat the process on the entire bottom layer of hair.
Apply some hair oil.
A shine serum or lightweight hair oil, such as Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil, helps seal in the sheen.
Want to see how else to get sleek, straight hair on shorter looks? Read on below:
Hairstyles for Straight Hair: How to Straighten Short Hair
Tips provided by Dove Hair Care
Step 1: Blow-dry your hair.
For long-lasting sleekness, blow-dry your hair in 2 to 3-inch sections with a round brush, using the nozzle attachment on your blowdryer.
Step 2: Use a flat iron on each section.
Next, take 3-inch sections of hair and run a flat iron over each section. It’s important to section the hair finely, so the heat is evenly distributed.
Step 3: Use hairspray to finish the look.
Keep your part tidy by spraying on Dove Style+Care Compressed Extra Hold Hairspray to lock in your style, while also taming any flyaways.