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If you have naturally curly hair, then you’re well aware that it can sometimes take an array of products and heat tools to style your hair if you’re going for a smooth, sleek look. In fact, it’s not just as simple as quickly blow-drying your strands post-shower or swiping a flat iron over your hair—there’s actually quite the technique to straightening curly hair. But how do you know if you’re really doing things right? Here, learn about the most common mistakes women can make when straightening their curly hair and what to do instead.
If your flat iron just has an on and off switch and no dial to adjust 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 one person’s hair, it might be too high or low for someone else. Look for a straightener that has multiple heat settings and use the lowest degree that you possibly can while still only having to pass the flat iron over a section of hair once. Make sure you use a heat protectant before you start straightening your hair—but don’t go overboard with products. Which leads us to…
You don’t want your hair to end up overly greasy after you’re done straightening it, now do you? 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 damp 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 make 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 Hair Expert Extraordinary Oil Lustrous Oil Serum, apply about a dime-sized amount from your mid-lengths to your ends. Don’t apply anything to your roots, since they can easily become greasy-looking.
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. And when you spend a ton of time and put in a lot of effort to straighten curly hair, your work doesn’t stop when you put your flat iron down. You’re going to want to sleep on your hair in a way that will help preserve your style. So, before you hop into bed, make sure to wrap your hair up in a silk scarf. Oftentimes, pillowcases can be rough, which can muss up your straight style, whereas silk is a lot softer. Sleeping beauty, indeed!