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If you have wavy or curly hair, you’ve probably tried straightening your hair with a flat iron at some point or another. Of course, even though waves and curls are super-trendy at the moment, we get that sometimes you want to switch things up and rock a smoother ‘do. But this heat styling tool isn’t always the easiest to use. Seriously, it can be frustrating to spend all that time styling your hair, only for it to look a little less than sleek than you wanted in the end. To up your flat ironing game, follow our step-by-step tips for straightening your hair.
Before you reach for your flat iron, set yourself up for straightened success. Start in the shower by shampooing and conditioning. Pick up a system of smoothing shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Smooth Intense Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Smooth Intense Conditioner. This system of shampoo and conditioner helps smooth the look of hair from root to tip without making it look flat or dull. Massage the shampoo into wet hair, lather, then rinse. Follow up with the conditioner, leaving it on for 1-3 minutes before rinsing out. When you hop out of the shower, gently wring out excess water and blot your hair dry with a cotton T-shirt.
To help make straightening your hair with a flat iron a little easier, blow-dry your hair first. Let your hair air dry for a while, that way you won’t have to keep blow-drying the same sections of sopping wet hair over and over again. Once you’re ready to go, apply the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Straight Perfecting Balm, which provides up to 450 degrees of heat protection and extends the straight effect.
Use a large paddle brush to help achieve a smooth effect when you blow-dry your hair. Work your way from the top to the bottom of your mane. With your brush, focus your blow-dryer near your roots, then work your way down to your ends until you’ve completely dried your hair. Make sure to use the nozzle attachment that came with your blow-dryer, as this can help with heat distribution and creating a smoother look.
It’s go time! Start straightening your hair by dividing it into sections, as this can help make the process easier. Use lobster clips to set sections out of the way. Pull your flat iron through each section of your hair slowly, which will allow the heat work out twists in a single pass. Straighten your under-layers first, then work your way up to the outer layer of your hair. Be sure to look at your hair from all angles to make sure that there aren’t any kinks. Once you’re happy with how your straight hair looks, run a boar bristle brush through your strands.
You just put in a whole lot of hard work to straighten your hair, so make it count by setting your look. Apply a tiny bit of hair serum through your hair, focusing it mostly on the ends. Of course, just because you’re done styling your hair with a flat iron doesn’t mean the work stops there. Think about how you’re going to sleep on your freshly straightened hair. When you go to bed, help keep your smooth, sleek style in place by wrapping your hair in a silk scarf.
Congrats: You’re officially a hair straightening pro! Now that you know how to use a flat iron to straighten your hair, you’re ready to move on to our next lesson. Check out our article, 3 Hairstyles You Can Create with a Flat Iron, for step-by-step tutorials for using this heat tool in multiple ways. You see, you can use a flat iron for more than just straightening your hair!