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If you have naturally curly hair, then you’re well aware that it can sometimes take an array of hair styling products and heat tools to style your hair and create a smooth, sleek look. It’s not as simple as quickly blow-drying your strands post-shower or swiping a flat iron over your hair—there’s actually a technique to straightening curly hair. But how do you know if you’re doing things right? Keep reading to learn about the most common mistakes you can make when straightening curly hair and what you should be doing instead.
If your flat iron has an on-off switch but no dial to adjust the temperature, it’s time to look for a new one. Everyone’s hair texture is different—so while a universal temp could work great on someone else’s hair, it may be too high or low for your hair. Look for a straightener that has multiple heat settings and use the lowest degree of heat that you possibly can while still only having to pass the flat iron over each section of hair once.
You don’t want your hair to end up overly greasy after you’re done straightening it, do you? To avoid just that, make sure you aren't loading your hair up with product pre-straightening. All you need to use beforehand is a heat protectant, like the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heat Spray, which offers 450-degree protection. Apply to hair section by section before using a flat iron.
If you find that no matter how many times you glide your flat iron over your hair, it just doesn’t seem to be getting straight, consider the size of the sections you’re working with. While you may think passing your flat iron over larger sections will cut down your styling time, take our word for it and separate your hair into smaller, one-inch sections instead.
There’s a reason why stylists pull your hair upwards when they blow-dry it at the salon. Nope, it’s not just some fancy show—rather, the upward motion can help create volume at the roots. After you’ve dried your roots, feel free to blow-dry the rest of your mane in a downwards motion to help create straight movement down towards your shoulders.
After you’re finished blow-drying and/or flat ironing your hair, you might be tempted to apply a ton of styling products to help keep your look in place and add a little shine. But when it comes to styling products, a little definitely goes a long way. If you want to use a serum, like the L'Oréal Paris EverSleek Frizz Finish Oil-In-Serum, apply a dime-sized amount from your mid-lengths to your ends. Don’t apply anything to your roots, since they can easily start to look greasy and unclean—definitely not what you want!
You know how your blowout looks so smooth the day you get it but then you go to sleep and it’s all messed up in the morning? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Well, when you put a ton of time and effort into blowing out or straightening curly hair, your work doesn’t stop when you put your flat iron down. Even how you sleep should accommodate your straightened mane! The way you sleep on your hair can help preserve your style or destroy it, depending on what you do. So, before you hop into bed, make sure to wrap your hair up in a silk scarf. Oftentimes, pillowcases can be rough, which can mess up your straight style, whereas silk is a lot softer. Sleeping beauty, indeed!
Want more curly hair styling tips? Check out our article, 6 Heat-Free Ways to Style Curly Hair.