It seems pretty simple, right? Blow dry, straight iron—bam, you’re done. But there is actually a technique to keep your hair healthy, silky, and smooth, as well as to keeping a lasting effect on your hair. It’s the easiest way to style my hair every morning but still look sharp, professional, and attractive at the same time. Add a hair clip or a touch of style to up the “special” look of a straight hair style to spice it up; usually I just wear it straight with my bangs styled, but it all depends on you and how you want to look.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who straightens their hair in the morning, only to find it frizzy and wavy around noon. Heat, stress, activity; they all work against you and your hair.
While straightening your hair always depends on the type of hair you have, the steps are usually the same.
What You Need
How to Straighten Your Hair:
1) After a shower, I always use a quarter-inch of John Freida’s Straight Fixation, focusing on the curliest pieces of my hair. I’ll also generally use John Freida’s Weather Works, which prevents humidity to frizz my hair during winter and hot summer months.
2) Spray a heat protective product over your hair. Heat causes damage to your hair, but thankfully many product developers know we still want to!
3) Using either a hair brush, blow dry the strands framing your hair first. That is usually the bangs and pieces near your temple, since those (well, for me) tend to become curliest and dry first. After that, section off hair to blow dry the bottom, them the top, portions of your hair.
4) Let your hair cool down a bit. Plug in your straightener to let it heat up; do your makeup or whatever.
5) Working from the bottom up (you can pay less attention to the pieces near the nape of your neck, since they won’t be visible; I still like to run the iron over them a time or two), run sections of combed hair through the straightener, starting as close to the scalp as possible.
6) Repeat step 5 until every strand of hair is touched. Some areas will need the iron passed over more than once. Do not ever let the iron sit on your hair; constantly keep the iron in motion or you will burn your hair.
7) Brush out the hair, fix your bangs, and you’re good to go! Tweak the steps as they pertain to your hair; not the same thing works for everyone.
Any other tips or ideas about straightening hair? You can also check out Do It Yourself: Brazilian Blow Out to make your hair straighter without the time-consuming process every day!